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Winners of the Ninth Kids Design Awards

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the winners of the ninth Kids Design Awards have been selected. A record-high number of 474 applicants applied for the awards. Among such applicants, METI selected one winner for the Grand Award (Prime Minister's Award), titled “LUNAR DREAM CAPSULE PROJECT” developed by the LUNAR DREAM Executive Committee.

1. Outline of the Kids Design Awards

  • The Kids Design Awards is a program which recognizes outstanding works that realize and disseminate the philosophies of designs for kids, namely, designs that contribute to the safety and security of children, designs that develop the creativity and shape the future of children, and designs for comfortably raising children.
  • FY 2015 marks the ninth presentation of the awards, for which a record-high number of 474 applicants applied. Among such applicants, 308 winners were selected, including one winner for the Prime Minister’s Award, four winners for the METI Minister’s Awards, two winners for the Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate Awards, one winner for the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety Award, and one winner for the Minister of State for Gender Equality Award, which was newly established in FY 2015.
  • The program was organized by the Kids Design Association, a non-profit organization (NPO) approved by the Cabinet Office (main office: Minato Ward, Tokyo; Chaired by Mr. Isami Wada). The organization was established in May 2006, and currently consists of 97 enterprises and associations from a variety of sectors, including 58 enterprises, 23 municipalities, and other advisory entities.

2. Winners’ works

Prime Minister’s Award (one winner)

  • Title of work: LUNAR DREAM CAPSULE PROJECT
  • Name of company/entity: LUNAR DREAM Executive Committee (Minato Ward, Tokyo)

METI Minister’s Awards (four winners)

[i] Excellence Award: Designs that contribute to safety and security from the viewpoint of children; Category: Children

In this category, an outstanding product, facility, or service specifically for children from the age of zero to 15 is recognized for its thoughtful design concerning children’s safety.

  • Title of work: “Who ate it?” visual acuity test kit for children age three and older
  • Name of company/entity: Health Education, Faculty of Law, Momoyama Gakuin University (Professor Hitomi Takahashi) / Froebel-Kan Co., Ltd. (Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo)

[ii] Excellence Award: Designs that contribute to safety and security from the viewpoint of children; Category: General

In this category, an outstanding product, facility, or service for people in general, including children, is recognized for its thoughtful design concerning children’s safety in case they come into contact with the products.

  • Title of work: Expert Driver Service (Kids Taxi)
  • Name of company/entity: Nihon Kotsu Co., Ltd. (Kita Ward, Tokyo)

[iii] Excellence Award: Designs to develop the creativity and shape the future of children; Category: Kansei and creativity

In this category, an outstanding work with a novel idea, method, or ingenious aspect is recognized for its design that cultivates children’s creativity, sensibility, and use of the five senses, and motivates children to try creative activities.

  • Title of work: BOOK WORLD Design Project at Rakuo Elementary School of Kyoto
  • Name of company/entity: MONNAI Lab., Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)

[iv] Excellence Award: Designs to develop the creativity of children and shape a future for them; Category: Children’s potential for learning and understanding

In this category, an outstanding work with a novel idea, method, or ingenious aspect is recognized for its design that motivates children to gain a variety of knowledge, including knowledge concerning the community, history, or traditional crafts, improve their athletic abilities, or participate in sports activities.

  • Title of work: JWX-2 (20-inch model), Electric power assist unit for children’s wheelchairs
  • Name of company/entity: Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture)

Reference: Other winners of the Excellence Awards

Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate Awards (two winners)

[i] Excellence Award: Designs to support comfortable child-rearing; Category: Individuals and households

  • Title of work: “iNSTICK,” cordless stick vacuum cleaner equipped with an air purifier
  • Name of company/entity: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation / Mitsubishi Electric Home Appliance Co., Ltd. (Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)

[ii] Excellence Award: Designs to support comfortable child-rearing; Category: Communities and Society

  • Title of work: Koto Bay Satellite Smart Nursery School main campus, “Tennis no Mori Campus” (Koto Ward, Tokyo)
  • Name of company/entity: Sekisui House, Ltd. / Social Welfare Corporation TaKaSaGo (Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture)

Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety Award (one winner)

[i] Excellence Award: Category: Designs for consumers who will lead the future

  • Title of work: Lesson on the sense of taste using native crops
  • Name of company/entity: “Reviving Recipes” movie production committee / LLP Idehado (Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture)

Award newly established in 2015

Minister of State for Gender Equality Award (one winner)

[i] Excellence Award: Gender Equality Theme Award

  • Title of work: “Team M”Design for the children and the future• Name of company/entity: Nomura Co., Ltd. (Minato Ward, Tokyo)

For details of the selected works, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

August 3, 2015

Division in Charge

Creative Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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