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Joint Press Release 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 TechnologyWinners of the Sixth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) announced 65 individuals and one organization (24 projects) as winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize for the Sixth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award.
METI also decided on 283 individuals and 3 organizations (54 projects) as winners of the METI Minister’s Prize, the Special Prize, and the Excellence Prize.
An award ceremony and a celebration for the Prime Minister’s Prize will be held on November 9 (Mon.) and for the METI Minister’s Prize on November 2 (Mon.), 2015.

1. What is the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award?

The Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award is a program to recognize outstanding individuals from various generations engaged in monodzukuri (manufacturing). Winners can be mid-career individuals playing key roles in manufacturing and production, masters supporting traditional or cultural arts, or young people expected to play leading roles in the future of monodzukuri. The award has been jointly organized by METI, MLIT, MHLW, and MEXT every other year since 2005 and took place for the sixth time this year.

The four organizing ministries decided on 65 individuals and one organization (24 projects) as winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize. In addition to the Prime Minister’s Prize winners, METI selected 85 individuals and 2 organizations (15 projects) as winners of the METI Minister’s Prize, 53 individuals and one organization (12 projects) as winners of the Special Prize, and 145 individuals (27 projects) as winners of the Excellence Prize.

2. Major winners (seven projects related to METI taken from the list of winners who received the Prime Minister’s Prize)

  • New painting technique “Aqua-tec Paint System,” which reduces volatile organic compounds and CO2 at the same time
  • Development and practical implementation of a compaction molding processing technology for wood from soft coniferous trees and the expansion of its utilization in furniture materials production
  • Energy-saving super cleaning system which is realized with an ISO class 1 filter and a flow straightening mechanism
  • The world’s first common rail system that supports clean diesel, contributing to environmental protection of the earth
  • Developing the world’s first carbon fiber-reinforced plastic propeller for merchant ships in order to realize energy savings
  • Developing “low-dust components for manufacturing apparatuses” that support next-generation semiconductor devices
  • “Granfeel” upright piano which has the tone, volume and feel of a grand piano

For details of these winners and of other winners’ projects, see the Appendices attached to the Japanese language press release.

3. Future schedule

The four ministries will jointly hold an award ceremony and celebration for the Prime Minister’s Prize on November 9 (Mon.). On November 2 (Mon.), METI will hold an award ceremony and celebration for the METI Minister’s Prize and the Special Prize, and the Regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry will hold an award ceremony for the Excellence Prize.


Logo of the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award

Commemorative medal for the Prime Minister’s Prize

Reference : Contact details for each ministry

Shipbuilding and Ship Machinery Division, Marine Bureau, MLIT
Vocational Ability Evaluation Division, Human Resources Development Division, MHLW
Technical Education Division, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT

Release date

October 28, 2015

Division in charge

Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI

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