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Winners of FY2020 Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards

February 12, 2021

*This press release was revised on February 18, 2021 due to a change in the schedule for the ceremony.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been conducting the Best Contributors to the Product Safety Awards program with the aim of encouraging private enterprises to make a greater commitment to improving product safety as well as to firmly establish the concept of the value of product safety across Japanese society. METI hereby announces that it has selected 11 enterprises and organizations as winners of the FY2020 Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards.

The ceremony will be held on February 19 (Fri.), 2021, at the METI Main Building. Please note that the FY2020 ceremony will be attended only by the people related to the program as a measure for preventing the expansion of COVID-19. Members of the press are able to attend the event if they complete prior registration.

1. Outline of the awards program

METI has been holding the awards program since FY2007, aiming to honor companies’ pioneering efforts for product safety and thereby firmly establish product safety as a significant value in business activities and consumers’ daily lives as well as realize product safety across society.

2. Winners of FY2020 Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards

(1) METI Minister’s Awards

Large Manufacturer and Importer Category

Laundry Systems and Vacuum Cleaner Business Division, Appliances Company, Panasonic Corporation

Small & Medium Manufacturer and Importer Category

Mazroc. Co., Ltd.

Small & Medium Retailer Category

Daiichi-Denkasha Co., Ltd.

(2) Director-General for Technology Policy Coordination and Industrial and Product Safety’s Awards

Large Retailer Category

Osaka Gas Marketing Co., Ltd.

Small & Medium Manufacturer and Importer Category

Suzubun Co., Ltd.

Small & Medium Retailer Category

Kaino Denki Corporation

(3) Excellence Awards (Committee Awards)

Large Manufacturer and Importer Category

ASICS Corporation and Corona Corporation

Small & Medium Manufacturer and Importer Category

Niigata Investment Casting Co., Ltd.

(4) Special Awards (Committee Awards)

Association Category

Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center

Online Shopping Mall Operator Category

Mercari, Inc.

3. Profiles of winners

See the Appendix.

(4) The 14th Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards ceremony

The awards ceremony will be held as below where winners will also deliver speeches.
Date: February 19 (Fri.), 2021; from 14:00 to 16:05
Venue: Lecture hall on the second basement level, METI Main Building (1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
Organizer: METI

Program (Please note that this program may change.)

  1. Opening remarks
  2. The 13th Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards ceremony
  3. Speeches by winners (11 companies)
  4. Closing remarks

Information for the press on how to apply

Note: The FY2020 ceremony will not accept general participants as a measure for preventing the expansion of COVID-19. Details of the ceremony will be publicized via video at a later date.
Capacity: 10
How to apply: Please call the telephone number of the division in charge shown at the end of this press release for prior registration.

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Division in Charge

Product Safety Division, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group

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