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Winner of the METI Minister’s Award under the Third Commendation Program for Supporting Regional Industries (Innovation-Net Award 2014)

The Commendation Program for Supporting Regional Industries is a program for recognizing and disseminating entities’ various efforts achieved by flexibly responding to the special characteristics of the regions, aiming to create new business and industries on a regional basis across Japan (organizers: the Japan Industrial Location Center (JILC) and Innovation Initiative Network Japan (Innovation-Net)). The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the winners of the Minister’s Awards concerning METI, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) were selected under the Third Commendation Program for Supporting Regional Industries.

1. Outline of the Commendation Program for Supporting Regional Industries

The program was inaugurated in FY2011, aiming to recognize entities’ outstanding efforts for creating new business and industries in each region, so as to encourage entities to vitalize and activate the regional industries through their own efforts. At the same time, it also aims to create a new system in which regional entities learn about case studies of recognized enterprises in other regions and gain the initiative to lead in revitalizing and activating regional industries. In the FY2014 program, marking the third time this year, the MAFF Minister’s Award, a new award in addition to the existing METI and MEXT Minister’s Awards, was created.

2. Winner of METI Minister’s Award

The winner of this award is selected based on the criteria of whether or not the candidate projects formulate an outstanding support system that continues to succeed in creating new business and industries led by regional industry-supporting organizations.

Awarded project A project for human resource development exclusively for stainless steel processing techniques and revitalization of leading industries through efforts focusing on industrial clusters
Winner Tsuyama Shinsangyo Soushutsu Kiko (Tsuyama New Business Development Organization)
Reason The organization supported launching of a cooperative group that receives orders for processing stainless steel, and it has also been endeavoring to foster engineers in collaboration with regional colleges of technology and test and research institutes in the public sector and other organizations, as well as developing new technology and products, including embarking on other fields, such as medical services and ecology. By doing so, the organization continues to create employment and receive orders from other regions.

3. Other winners

See the Japanese language press release.

4. How to select

JILC and Innovation-Net,*1 organizers of the program, established an examination committee*2 consisting of external experts, and the committee fairly selected the winners out of 25 applicants based on the criteria of how much they contribute to ripple effects toward the revitalization of regional economies and utilize the regional resources, to what extent their efforts are unique, as well as from other viewpoints.


1: Innovation-Net
Established in April 2009, the Innovation Initiative Network Japan (Innovation-Net) is an organization in which industry-supporting organizations and universities that lead regionally-oriented innovation across Japan endeavor to vitalize regional economies by creating a nation-wide network with support from MEXT, MAFF and METI, and fortifying collaboration among industries, including by engaging in certain activities for sharing mutual information, promoting human exchange and solving common challenges, and promoting collaboration between industry and academia or between industries in wide areas. The chairman is Mr. Masao Horiba, Supreme Counsel, Horiba, Ltd.

2: The Examination Committee is chaired by Mr. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Senior Adviser, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and is composed of seven other members.

5. Commendation ceremony

A commendation ceremony will be held as a part of the Commendation Program for Supporting Regional Industries (Innovation-Net Award 2014).

Date: June 20 (Fri), 2014, starting at 14:30 (pending)
Venue: TEPIA, 2-8-44, Kita-Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Release Date

March 14, 2014

Division in Charge

Regional Innovative Industry Strategy Office, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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