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Announcement of Winners of the FY2019 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) Promotion Merit Awards

October 25, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces the winners of the FY 2019 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 29, 2019.

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, 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 86 applications, nominated by the 67 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. Kimura Fumihiko, Emeritus Professor at the University of Tokyo) 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
(Category of individuals, groups and schools)
Gunma Prefectural Fujioka Industrial High School 3R activities in a variety of fields tackled under the Fujiko Environmental Activities Project
Prime Minister’s Prize
(Category of businesses, municipalities and other entities)
Kao Corporation (corporate number: 4010001034760) Continuous efforts for reducing plastic materials used for packaging containers by enhancing condensation, refill and replacement of products
METI Minister’s Prize Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd. (corporate number: 3180301018927) Automobile interior components with user and environmental friendliness and smooth touch
- Development of components having surface materials in injection molding to achieve an approach to reducing material loss to zero -

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

Prime Minister’s Prize 2 MAFF Minister’s Prize 2
MOF Minister’s Prize No winner METI Minister’s Prize 1
MEXT Minister’s Prize 1 MLIT Minister’s Prize 6
MHLW Minister’s Prize No winner MOE Minister’s Prize No winner

4. Presentation ceremony

Date: October 29 (Tue.), 2019; from 14:00 to 15:30
Venue: 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 the 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 Secretariat’s website.

Secretariat of the 3Rs Promotion Council (part of the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry):
2-2-1 Kaji-cho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-5209-7704 (main number)


Division in Charge

Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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