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Announcement of Winners of the FY 2015 Ninth METI Minister’s Awards for Best Contributors to Product Safety-Honoring Companies Highly Committed to Product Safety-

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) launched the Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards program in FY 2007 with the aim of encouraging private enterprises to make a greater commitment to improving product safety as well as to firmly establish the concept of the value of product safety in Japanese society.
METI hereby announces that it has selected 16 enterprises and organizations as winners of the FY 2015 Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards. The awards ceremony to recognize these winners will take place during the Product Safety Inspection Seminar, to be held in Tokyo on November 12 (Thu.), 2015.

1. Outline of the Awards

Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards

  1. Eligible applicants for the awards

    Manufacturers, importers, and retailers of daily consumer products

  2. Examination procedures

    An examination committee composed of academic experts, representatives of consumer associations, and other entities examines applicants’ commitment to product safety. In FY 2015, the committee selected applicants through the examination of written applications in the primary examination (July), presentations by screened applicants in the secondary examination (September), and on-site interviews by committee members (September and October) and finalized the winners at the final examination, held at a meeting of the committee in October.

  3. Examination criteria

    The committee evaluated the applicants’ systems for securing product safety based on four criteria:

    1. Commitment to manufacturing or selling safe products;
    2. Commitment to helping users handle products safely;
    3. a - Commitment to appropriately addressing problems in product safety that emerge after products are shipped (for the manufacturing and import sectors);
    4. b - Commitment to appropriately addressing problems in products such as accidents and recalls (for the retail sector); and
    5. Commitment to establishing a culture of product safety.

Special Awards

  1. Eligible applicants for the awards

    Associations or enterprises that are involved in business related to daily consumer products

  2. Examination procedures

    An examination committee composed of academic experts, representatives of consumer associations, and other entities examines applicants’ commitment to product safety. In FY 2015, the committee selected applicants through the examination of written applications in the primary examination (July), presentations by screened applicants in the secondary examination (September), and on-site interviews by committee members (October) and finalized the winners at the final examination, held at a meeting of the committee in October.

  3. Examination criteria

    The committee evaluated the applicants’ measures for securing product safety based on two criteria:

    1. Commitment to securing and supporting product safety and
    2. Commitment to establishing a culture of product safety.

2. FY 2015 winners

1) Large Manufacturer and Importer Category

METI Minister’s Award: Bandai Co., Ltd.
Director-General for Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy’s Award: Paramount Bed Co., Ltd.
Director-General for Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy’s Award: Hitachi Appliances, Inc.
Excellence Award (Committee Award): No winner

2) Large Retailer Category

METI Minister’s Award: Ito-Yokado Co., Ltd.
Director-General for Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy’s Award: PanaHome Corporation
Excellence Award (Committee Award): DIANA Co., Ltd.
Excellence Award (Committee Award): Duskin Co., Ltd.

3) Small & Medium Manufacturer and Importer Category

METI Minister’s Award: Aida Godo Factory Co., Ltd
Director-General for Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy’s Award: Sakae Industry LLC
Director-General for Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy’s Award: SINANO Company
Excellence Award (Committee Award): Toyo Feather Industry, Co., Ltd.
Excellence Award (Committee Award): Fine Co., Ltd.

4) Small & Medium Retailer Category

METI Minister’s Award: Nara-Nikka Service Network Co., Ltd.
Director-General for Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy’s Award: No winner
Excellence Award (Committee Award): No winner

(5) Special Awards

Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories
Japan Industrial Association of Gas and Kerosene Appliances
Yamato Multi-maintenance Solutions Co., Ltd.

3. Profiles of winners

See the Japanese language press release.

4. Awards ceremony

The awards ceremony to announce and recognize these winners will take place during the Tenth Product Safety Inspection Seminar, as part of Product Safety Inspection Month, which is a month-long effort, from November 1 through 30, 2015. At the ceremony, the winners of the METI Minister’s Awards will make presentations.
Outline of the Tenth Product Safety Inspection Seminar
Date: 15:30-17:30, November 12 (Thu.), 2015
Venue: Sakura Hall, Shibuya Cultural Center Owada (23-21 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Program: Ninth Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards ceremony, presentations on the theme of “the importance of product safety” by METI Minister’s Awards winners, etc.
Admission: Free
For further information, see the following website:
http://www.meti.go.jp/product_safety/ps-award/3-consumer (in Japanese)

Reference

METI press release concerning the invitation of applicants for the FY 2015 Ninth METI Minister’s Awards for Best Contributors to Product Safety (Information on the invitation is available)
http://www.meti.go.jp/press/2015/05/20150525005/20150525005.html (in Japanese)


FY 2015 Best Contributors to Product Safety logo

Release date

November 2, 2015

Division in charge

Product Safety Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group

Related Information

Product Safety
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