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Calling for Applicants for the Sixth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards-To Pass on Japan’s Monodzukuri methods and spirits to the next generation-

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been granting the Prime Minister’s Award under the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards program, jointly with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The awards are granted to recognize people who lead the frontline in the manufacturing (monodzukuri) fields.

METI starts inviting applicants for the awards from October 1, 2014.

1. What is the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards?



Logo of the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards

The Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards, presented by the Prime Minister, is an awards program that aims at motivating people who support Japan’s manufacturing fields and raising wider awareness among society about such people, for the purpose of passing on and developing such manufacturing methods and know-how that support our industrial cultural prosperity.

Since the inauguration in 2005, the program has been held every two years, and it will be held for the sixth time this year.

2. Details of the applicants

METI will recognize people who lead the frontline in manufacturing fields, by granting the Prime Minister’s Award, the METI Minister’s Award, and other awards.

METI has granted the Prime Minister’s Award to 31 winners and the METI Minister’s Award to 81 winners, who were selected from about 2,800 applicants in total in the previous five award programs.

3. Categories of the awards

METI will call for applicants for the following five categories. For the past winners of each category, please see Appendix 1(PDF:3,105KB) PDF File(in Japanese).

  1. Manufacturing and production process (Prime Minister’s Award, METI Minister’s Award, and other awards)

    These awards will be granted to individuals or groups that have achieved a production revolution, such as dramatic streamlining of production processes, by developing and introducing breakthrough systems and methods in manufacturing and production processes.

  2. Product and technology development (Prime Minister’s Award, METI Minister’s Award, and other awards)

    These awards will be granted to individuals or groups who have overcome high-level technical challenges and achieved development and commercialization of non-conventional and breakthrough products, parts, and materials.

  3. Application of traditional technology (Prime Minister’s Award, METI Minister’s Award, and other awards)

    These awards will be granted to individuals or groups who have achieved development and commercialization of innovative and unique products, parts and materials production technology, through their creativity and application of regional-based cultural technology and traditional skills which have been passed on by masters.

  4. Global expansion (METI Minister’s Award and other awards)

    These awards will be granted to individuals or groups who work for Japanese companies in other countries and have expanded Japan’s manufacturing and production processes, products, parts, materials, technical development, and traditional skills in these countries, while contributing to Japan’s manufacturing industry through improvement of productivity and market expansion of Japanese companies there.

  5. Supporting the youth (METI Minister’s Award and other awards)

    These awards will be granted to enterprises, non-profit organizations (NPOs), and other organizations that are actively involved in supportive activities for fostering young human resources (students) in manufacturing fields and are also recognized by the excellence of such activities.

For the details, such as eligibility, past winners, and other information, as well as a downloadable application form, please visit the following website:
Sixth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards application website
http://www.monodzukuri.meti.go.jp/ External Site Link

4. Period of invitation and coming schedule

October 1 (Wed.), 2014: Start of invitation
December 15 (Mon.), 2014: Close of invitation (entry must arrive by this date)
From January 2015: Primary and secondary examinations
Around fall of 2015: Announcement of winners and award ceremony

Release Date

October 1, 2014

Division in Charge

Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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