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Announcement of Winners of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) Awards

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces the selection of winners of the FY2014 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) Promotion Merit Awards, supported by METI.

The presentation ceremony will be held at the KKR Hotel Tokyo at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

1. Purpose and outline of the awards program

The awards program has been run annually since 1992 to recognize individuals, groups, schools, enterprises, and other entities for their outstanding level of unique, community-based, and pioneering contributions to promoting the 3Rs program (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle), thereby encouraging development of further activities for the program. The program is hosted by the 3Rs Promotion Council, and supported by seven related ministries,* including METI.

*Note: The seven related ministries:
Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and Ministry of the Environment (MOE).

2. Details of the applicants and the examination process

The council received 114 applications, nominated by 73 member entities of the council in addition to governors of prefectures, while the examination committee of academic experts, consumer organization representatives, officials from the related ministries and agencies, and others (chair: Dr. Fumihiko Kimura, professor, Hosei University) examined the applications and selected the winners of the seven respective Minister’s Prizes from the related ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Prize, METI Minister’s Prize, and also those of the 3Rs Promotion Council President’s Prize.

3. Details of the winners

Prime Minister’s Prize (1 winner)
- Takara Shuzo Co., Ltd. (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
Title of project:
Promoting 4R efforts: Adding a new R for “Refuse” to the 3R program, through an approach to allowing customers to refuse new packaging
METI Minister’s Prize (2 winners)
- Fuji Kasei Kogyo Kaisha, Ltd. (Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture)
Title of project:
Recycling offcuts of magnetic tape and car rubber products and reducing waste from plants
-Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture)
Title of project:
Promoting global-based 3R initiatives
Table of the winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize and other Minister’s Prizes from the seven related ministries
Prime Minister’s Prize 1 MAFF Minister’s Prize 3
MOF Minister’s Prize No winner METI Minister’s Prize 2
MEXT Minister’s Prize 1 MLIT Minister’s Prize 6
MHLW Minister’s Prize No winner MOE Minister’s Prize No winner

3. Presentation ceremony

Date: 14:00–16:00, October 28 (Tue.), 2014
Venue: KKR Hotel Tokyo (1-4-1, Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)

4. Contact counter for the details of the awards program and the presentation ceremony

For details of the awards program, the winners and the presentation ceremony, contact the following secretariat of the council.

Secretariat of the 3Rs Promotion Council:
Address: 2-2-1, Kajicho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-5209-7704 (main number)
Website: Site Link (in Japanese)

Release date

October 24, 2014

Division in Charge

Recycling Promotion Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

Related Information

3R Policies
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