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Winners of the Seventh 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 71 individuals (24 projects) as winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize for the Seventh Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award.

METI also selected 244 individuals and 3 organizations (51 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 January 22 (Mon.), 2018, and for the METI Minister’s Prize on February 5 (Mon.), 2018.

1. Outline of 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 seventh time this year.

The four organizing ministries selected 71 individuals (24 projects) as winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize. In addition to these winners, METI selected 86 individuals and 2 organizations (18 projects) as winners of the METI Minister’s Prize, 74 individuals and one organization (15 projects) as winners of the Special Prize, and 84 individuals (18 projects) as winners of the Excellence Prize.

2. Outline of the major winners’ projects (seven METI-related projects alone among all winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize)

  • Development of processes for manufacturing raw materials for iron making suitable for reducing carbon dioxide emissions (Super-SINTERR)
  • Development of the world’s leading IoT sensors that drive industrial innovations
  • Mega-container transport ships with outstanding safety and environmentally-friendly capabilities, an achievement brought about by an innovative structure and construction technology called “structural arrest”
  • Large-capacity data tape with outstanding performance in total user costs, an achievement bolstering the era of big data and IoT
  • Development of a ship-mounted device for manufacturing sherbet-like sea water ice to hold the freshness of harvested marine catches and application products
  • Development of a group of Japan-oriented injection molding technologies that may trigger plant-derived biodegradable resins to be popularized throughout the world
  • Reproduction of cultural properties using a three-dimensional ceramic technology based on traditional technologies

Note: For details of these projects and other winners’ projects, see the METI’s website for the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award  (in Japanese)External Site Link or the Appendices attached to the Japanese language press release .

3. Future schedule

On January 22 (Mon.), 2018, the four ministries will jointly hold an award ceremony and a celebration for the Prime Minister’s Prize. On February 5 (Mon.), 2018, METI will hold an award ceremony and a celebration for the METI Minister’s Prize and the Special Prize, and the Regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry will hold another award ceremony for the Excellence Prize.


Logo of the Monodzukuri
Nippon Grand Award

 Commemorative medal
for the Prime Minister’s Prize
 

Reference: Contact offices of each ministry

  • Construction Market Division, Land Economy and Construction Industries Bureau, MLIT
  • Office for Vocational Ability Evaluation for Human Resources Development, MHLW
  • Policy Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MEXT

Release date

January 15, 2018

Division in Charge

Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI

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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