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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health, Labour and WelfareWinners of the Fifth Career Education Awards and the Fourth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion-FY2014 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion will also be held, jointly with the commendation ceremony for the award winners-

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been promoting career education projects that foster children’s capabilities toward their social and occupational independence by helping children to learn the meaning of work, as well as promoting links between school education and society.

METI hereby announces that the winners have been decided for the Fifth Career Education Awards and the Fourth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion, in which outstanding education support activities conducted by business communities are recognized.

In addition, the FY2014 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion will be held from 13:00 on January 21, 2014, organized by METI, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), and at the symposium, a commendation ceremony for the award winners will be held.

1. Outline of the Awards

1) Career Education Awards

The Career Education Awards program was established in FY2010, aiming at encouraging and raising public awareness of enterprises’ and economic organizations’ approaches to supporting education. In FY2011, METI also started granting the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister’s Awards (METI Minister’s Awards) to such entities that have achieved the most outstanding efforts.

METI called for applicants for the FY2014 awards program and received 77 applications. The examination committee screened the applicants through fair examination, and selected four METI Minister’s Awards including one Grand Award, five Excellence Awards, and 10 Encouragement Awards.

2) Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

The Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion program was established in FY2011 jointly with MEXT, with the aim of encouraging and raising public awareness of efforts conducted jointly and collectively by people involved in education (schools, boards of education, etc.), those in local governments (executive agencies, etc.), and communities and societies (NPOs, PTA organizations, etc.), or business communities (economic associations, enterprises, etc.), for the purpose of promoting efforts for career education focusing on schools.

METI called for applicants for the FY2014 program and received 39. The examination committee screened the applicants through fair examination, and selected one for the First Award for Excellence, three for Excellence Awards, one for the Jury's Special Award.

2. Winners (businesses/organizations)

1) The Fifth Career Education Awards

Grand Award: Kawasaki Meister Fellowship
Note: The winner of the Grand Award was selected from the following four winners of the METI Minister’s Awards (winners of the First Award for Excellence in each category):

  • Category of Large enterprises: MSD K.K.
  • Category of SMEs 1 (effort by single entity): Probono (support center for people with disabilities)
  • Category of SMEs 2 (effort by a collaboration of entities): Kawasaki Meister Fellowship
  • Category of Coordinators: Ask-net (NPO for supporting school children)

2) The Fourth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

Grand Award: Project for Fostering Young Human Resources in the Manufacturing Industry in Kawaguchi

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

3. The FY2014 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

The FY2014 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion will be held at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center from 13:00 on January 21, 2015, organized by METI, MEXT, and MHLW.

At the symposium, the following events will be held in addition to the commendation ceremony of the Fifth Career Education Awards and the Fourth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion: Lectures by Dr. Yoshinao Mishima (president, Tokyo Institute of Technology; and a member of the examination committee of the awards programs) and Mr. Shinzo Maeda (special advisor of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry; chairman of The Youth and Industrial Human Resource Development Committee, Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and senior advisor of Shiseido Company, Ltd.); a panel discussion by experts; and presentations of case examples by the winners.

If you wish to attend the symposium, please register via the following website:
http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/shotou/career/detail/1312382.htmExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Note: If an excess of people apply, participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend registration as early as possible.

Reference 1:

News release concerning the call for applicants for the Fifth Career Education Awards and the Fourth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion:
http://www.meti.go.jp/press/2014/07/20140701006/20140701006.html (July 1, 2014) (in Japanese)

Reference 2:

Career education refers to education to promote career development toward the social and occupational independence of every student through fostering the requisite capabilities and attitudes as the foundation needed for success in society. Specifically, career education contains not only direct occupational experience, such as occupational experience activities and internships, but also activities to have students learn about links between school lessons on the Japanese language, mathematics, science, etc., and society.

Release date

December 15, 2014

Division in charge

Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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