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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 winners of the FY 2017 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) Promotion Merit Awards, which are supported by METI.

The presentation ceremony will be held at the KKR Hotel Tokyo from 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

1. Purpose and outline of the awards program

The awards program has been held annually since 1992 to recognize individuals, groups, schools, enterprises, and other entities for their outstanding levels of unique, community-based, and pioneering contributions to promoting the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle), thereby encouraging the development of further activities to this end. 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, Labor 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 132 applications, nominated by the 69 member entities of the council in addition to governors of prefectures, while the examination committee of academic experts, consumer organization representatives, officials from related ministries and agencies, and others (chair: Dr. Fumihiko Kimura, Professor at Hosei University) examined the applications and selected the winners of the respective Minister’s Prizes from the related ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Prize, the METI Minister’s Prize, and also the 3Rs Promotion Council President’s Prize.

3. Details of the winners

Prime Minister’s Prize

Tanesashi Elementary School, Hachinohe City

Keep beautiful sea and land-launched in 1968, aiming to sweep away all garbage.

Prime Minister’s Prize

Shimizu Corporation
(corporate number: 1010401013565)

An easily removable exhibition site which is 100% made from recycled materials

METI Minister’s Prize

Tomra Japan Ltd.
(corporate number: 4010801019011)

Contribution to effective collection and domestic recycle of pet bottles at supermarkets using reverse vending machines (RVMs)

Table of the winners of the Prime Minister's Prize and other minister's prizes from the seven related ministries

Prime Minister’s Prize


MAFF Minister’s Prize

No winner

MOF Minister’s Prize

No winner

METI Minister’s Prize


MEXT Minister’s Prize


MLIT Minister’s Prize


MHLW Minister’s Prize

No winner

MOE Minister’s Prize


4. Presentation ceremony

October 31 (Tue.), 2017, from 14:00 to 15:20
KKR Hotel Tokyo (1-4-1, Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)

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

For details of the awards program and the presentation ceremony, contact the Secretariat of the 3Rs Promotion Council.

Details about the winners and their awards have been posted on the official website of the Council.

Secretariat of the 3Rs Promotion Council:
Address: 2-2-1, Kaji-cho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-5209-7704 (main number)

Release date

October 27, 2017

Division in Charge

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

Related website

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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