Every year JMF presents awards to companies or groups of companies judged to have contributed to the promotion of efficient use of energy by developing and commercializing superior energy-saving machines. Eligible machinery should be developed and commercialized within the previous five years and should be machines for industrial use. Particularly excellent energy-saving machines are selected for the “METI Minister’s Award,” the “Agency of Natural Resources and Energy Director’s Award,” and the “JMF’s President Award.” From 1980 when these awards began until FY2013, 1,396 applications have been reviewed, resulting in 433 awards distributed (including 22 METI Minister’s Awards and 26 Agency of Natural Resources and Energy Director’s Awards). In FY2009, which was the 30th anniversary of the establishment of this award program, we created a symbol to indicate devices with excellent energy-saving capability with expectations for further dissemination and development of energy-saving devices.
In addition, the Robot Grand Prize project, co-sponsored with METI and carried out with the cooperation of other organizations, was established in FY2006 to select and give recognition to robots and robot systems that contribute significantly to industry, the public sector, or daily life. To be eligible, robots must be domestically developed or put in operation within the previous three years of receiving the award. Major awards include the METI Minister’s Award, the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Director’s Award, the Japan Machinery Federation Chairman’s Award, and the Excellence Award. The 2010 winner of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Director’s Award was the HAMDAS-R pork deboning robot that Prime Minister Abe introduced as an example of advanced Japanese technology in his keynote address at the 2014 OECD Ministerial Council meeting.