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Call for Applicants for the Seventh Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards New categories to be created this year

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) grants 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 will call for applicants for the awards from Friday, September 30, 2016.

1. Outline of the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards


Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards Logo

The Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards, presented by the prime minister, is an awards program that aims to motivate people who support Japan’s manufacturing fields and increase public awareness of these people, for the purpose of developing and passing down such manufacturing methods and know-how, which support Japan’s industrial and cultural prosperity, to the next generation.

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

 

2. Details of applicants to be selected

METI will grant the Prime Minister’s Award, the METI Minister’s Award, and other awards to people who lead the front line in manufacturing fields.

In the previous six award programs, METI has granted the Prime Minister’s Award to 38 winners and the METI Minister’s Award to 99 winners, who were selected from a total of about 3,100 applicants.

3. Categories for the awards

METI will call for applicants for the following five categories. For the past winners of each category, please visit the following website:
URL: http://www.monodzukuri.meti.go.jp/award/06/index.html (in Japanese)external link

[i] 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.

Note: Projects in which breakthrough systems and methods contributing to increasing productivity and efficiency are developed for and sold to other companies will fall under category [iv] below.

[ii] 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.

[iii] 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 succeeded in development and commercialization of innovative and unique products, parts and materials production technology through utilization of their creativity and application of regional-based cultural technology and traditional skills which have been passed on by masters.

[iv] “Monodzukuri-plus Companies” that create new value such as services and solutions (METI Minister’s Award and other awards) [newly created category]

These awards will be granted to individuals or groups who have succeeded in developing new value such as services and solutions through the utilization of goods that they have manufactured and have achieved new added value through implementation of new business models.

  • Notes:
    1. The term “monodzukuri-plus Companies” here is used as a unique noun representing a type of company or business model, and the awards in this category will be granted to individuals or groups, rather than companies, for developing business based on these business models.
    2. In the field of manufacturing, two elements of added value are important: [i] functional value, in which the value is determined based on objective functionality, e.g., that which improves the efficacy of products, and [ii] premium value, in which value is determined based on subjective factors, recognized by customers beyond the functions of goods themselves. Based on these two values, companies in the field should engage in kotozukuri (value creation) involving premium value in addition to the traditional monodzukuri measurements of functional value, e.g., by introducing service-based business into the field and providing customers with maintenance/inspection services or other business solutions through the utilization of big data, AI, IoT, robots and other advanced technologies. METI will call for individual or group applicants for this category who are committed to these two elements and engage in monodzukuri from that standpoint.

Reference:
URL: http://www.meti.go.jp/report/whitepaper/mono/2016/honbun_pdf/pdf/honbun01_03_01.pdf (in Japanese) (PDF:2,557KB)PDFfile

[v] Human resource development support (METI Minister’s Award and other awards) [newly created category]

These awards will be granted to enterprises, non-profit organizations (NPOs), and other organizations that are recognized by the excellence in a wide range of support activities which foster promising human resources in the field of monodzukuri in Japan; e.g., fostering young human resources or human resources who are able to deal with the fourth industrial revolution and lead in digitalization areas.

  • Notes:
    1. Enterprises, NPOs and other organizations with legal personality are eligible for this category, excluding schools.
    2. Companies that provide internal activities in support of human resource development who lead in areas related to digitalization can also apply for the category. However, in this category, METI will particularly focus on enterprises or NPOs that have been supporting human resource development targeting a wide range of people, such as students, new graduates and employees in other companies beyond such internal activities for human resource development.

For further details, such as eligibility, past winners, and other information, as well as a downloadable application form, please visit the following website:
Seventh Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards application website (in Japanese) external link
(This website is scheduled to be open on Friday, September 30, 2016.)

4 Period of the call and future schedule

September 30 (Fri.), 2016: Start of call
December 18 (Sun.), 2016: Close of call (applications must arrive by this date)
From January 2017: Primary and secondary examinations
Around fall of 2017: Announcement of winners and award ceremony

Release date

September 29, 2016

Division in Charge

Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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