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Call for Applicants for the Eighth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards

New category to be created: Connected Industries-Outstanding Collaboration

November 15, 2018

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), 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 have been collaboratively conducting the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards program, which is an award program presented by the Prime Minister to recognize people who lead the frontline in manufacturing (monodzukuri) fields.

METI will start a call for applicants for the awards from Friday, November 16, 2018.

1. Outline of the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards

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 raise society’s wider awareness of such people. It is hoped that the awards will pass on and develop manufacturing methods and know-how that support our industrial and cultural prosperity.

Since its inauguration in 2005, the program has been held every two years, and it will be held for the eighth time in 2019.

2. Details of applicants to be selected

METI will recognize people who lead the frontline in manufacturing fields, by granting the Prime Minister’s Award, the METI Minister’s Award, and several other awards.

In the previous seven award programs, METI has granted the Prime Minister’s Award to 45 winners and the METI Minister’s Award to 117 winners, who were selected from 3,371 applicants in total.

3. Categories of the awards

METI will call for applicants for the following five categories. For the past winners of each category, please visit the website below:

[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 and that have created new added value along with a wide range of efforts, including provision of service solutions.

[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 that have achieved development and commercialization of outstanding and breakthrough products, and parts or materials that have created new added value along with a wide range of efforts, including provision of service solutions.

[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 that have achieved development and commercialization of innovative and unique products, parts, materials or production processes, through their creativity and application of regional-based cultural technology and traditional skills which have been passed on by masters and that have created new added value along with a wide range of efforts, including provision of service solutions.

[iv] Connected Industries-outstanding collaboration (METI Minister’s Award and other awards) [newly created category]

These awards will be granted to individuals or groups that have created new added value or advanced efforts for solutions to challenges by connecting a variety of things, e.g., machines, technologies and people, through data sharing and other initiatives in harmonization areas.

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

These awards will be granted to enterprises, non-profit organizations (NPOs), and other organizations that are recognized by the excellence of wide-range supportive activities for fostering promising human resources in the field of monodzukuri in Japan, e.g., fostering human resources who are expertized in digitalization and are able to address the fourth industrial revolution.
Notes:
1: Enterprises, NPOs and other organizations having legal personality are eligible for this category, excluding schools.
2: Companies that have been supporting internal activities involving development of human resources who are expertized in digitalization can also apply for this category. However, in the category, METI will particularly recognize 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 the border of 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:

4. Period of the call and coming schedule

November 16 (Fri.), 2018: Start of the call
January 25 (Fri.), 2019: Close of call (applications must arrive by this date)
From February 2019: Primary and secondary examinations
Around fall of 2019: Announcement of winners and award ceremony

Division in Charge

Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau