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Awards

The names of organizations featured here are the names at the time that the relevant award or recognition was received or announced.

2016

May 19, 2016D&AD Awards 2016
                      Wood Pencil in Branding category

Awarded to:
“Line of life Project”
Client: Suntory Holdings Limited
Agency: Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
This piece was planned and created as part of Suntory Bird Conservation Activities, one of the environment-related undertakings of Suntory Holdings. An event was held in which stork-shaped kites were flown with children to symbolize a commitment to creating rich natural habitats in Japan, where storks, which are at the top of the wetland ecosystem pyramid, have become extinct. This video documented the event.
Organizer/awarding body:
British Design and Art Direction (D&AD) (U.K.)
Website:

http://www.dandad.org/awards/professional/2016/branding/25336/line-of-life-project-suntory-environmental-activity/

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2015

July 2, 2015Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2015
                    Shortlisted in Design category

Awarded to:
50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY POSTER “RING” AND “Link” BENDA-KOGYO
Client: BENDA-KOGYO CO., LTD.
Agency: Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
Overview: The theme of “harmony” was selected with a motif of BENDA-KOGYO’s signature “perfectly round ring gear” as a symbol for the company’s 50th anniversary. Five posters were produced with creative design synchronizing “the beauty of a perfectly round product” with “the expressions of employees who are masters of their crafts.” This expressed BENDA-KOGYO’s firm commitment to manufacturing and the high reliability of its products.
Organizer/awarding body:
International Advertising Festival Limited (London)

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2014

March 4, 2014Diversity Management Selection 100

Awarded to:
Toppan Printing
The Diversity Management Selection 100 are identified and awarded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to businesses that are making good use of a broad range of personnel, including women, non-Japanese, the elderly and persons with disabilities, to create innovation.
Organizer/awarding body:
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

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2013

December 9, 2013Grand Prize, 62nd Annual Nikkei Ad Awards

Awarded to:
Toppan Printing,
Advertising Series: TOPPAN. Changing the World with Printing Technologies.
Yasuhiko Kobayashi, head of the judging committee, indicated that it was not just the unique character of Toppan’s products and services, but also its clear business culture that spoke to them. He went on to note that the large use of photographs made it clear that they were aware of the medium, and could draw the eye to the copy, clearly expressing a unique quality.
Organizer/awarding body:
Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha

July 8, 2013Sixth Place (Fighting Spirit Award), 42nd World Skills Competition (Leipzig, Germany), Printing

Awarded to:
Marino Taniki, Nagoya Plant, Toppan Communication Products Co., Ltd.
Ever since Printing became an official category at the Shizuoka competition in 2007, we have been training young people in the company to improve their technical skills, and have been selected as the Japan representative three out of the four times the competition has occurred since then.
Organizer/awarding body:
WorldSkills International/Japan Vocational Ability Development Association (Supervising Agency for Japan’s World Skills Effort)

May 29, 201337th Kinoshita Prize Research & Development Category

Awarded for:
The Sosogi-Jozu®, a standing pouch that improves the ease of pouring
Toppan Printing
As a standing pouch that makes the pouring spout difficult to close and enables a smooth replacement process, it gets high marks for its improved usability.
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Packaging Institute

May 15, 2013Yoshida Award at 1st Japan Advertising Federation Advertising Awards

Awarded for:
Naoki Adachi, Chairman & Representative Director, Toppan Printing
Recognized for building the foundations for the company of today as one that offers comprehensive solutions by actively pushing forward with involvement in peripheral businesses such as marketing and IT while maintaining printing as a core competence.
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Advertising Federation

March 15, 2013General Award in the Bimonthly Publication Section of the Magazine and Newspaper Category at the Fiscal 2012 Keidanren Recommended Internal Communication Awards

Awarded for:
Toppan Printing for Toppan Group internal newsletter CONVEX
Recognized for selecting management challenges for special features, thoroughly examining matters from multiple angles in each issue, and creating a magazine that has reporting from the field and fosters a sense of unity within the group.
Organizer/awarding body:
Keidanren Business Services for Internal Communications

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2012

March 24, 2012Letter of appreciation from the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs

Awarded for:
Toppan Printing's significant contribution to the promotion of Japanese culture by providing support for relief and restoration efforts for cultural assets and other items damaged by the Great East Japan earthquake, and providing psychological support for the people in the affected areas.
Organizer/awarding body:
Agency for Cultural Affairs

January 28, 2012Ranking of corporate museums that adults can enjoy

Awarded for:
Recognition: Toppan Printing's Printing Museum, Tokyo ranked 1st
Ranking determined by total points from 4 experts
Appeared in:
Asahi Shimbun "be" (January 28, 2012)

January 11, 201253rd National Catalog and Poster Exhibition
Catalog category: Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Award

Awarded for:
Pictorial record of temporary exhibition entitled "A Gift from Kukai: Opening the Doors to the Koyasan Library" Toppan Printing's Printing Museum, Tokyo
Recognized for putting the concept of the exhibition in book form, including bookmaking that gives the appearance of binding with glue
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Federation of Printing Industries

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2011

August 31, 2011Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs Award for International Trade in 2010

Awarded to:
Toppan CFI (Taiwan) Co., Ltd.
The company was recognized for actively expanding sales of small- and medium-sized color filters to the Chinese market and achieving a year-on-year growth rate of 409%
Organizer/awarding body:
Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (Taiwan)

May 26, 201135th Kinoshita Prize Research & Development Category

Awarded for:
Development of the first aluminum-free high barrier paper drinks cup for chilled cup drinks for which aseptic filling is possible.
Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited/ Toppan Printing
The Eco Flat Cup? was recognized for being an aluminum-free paper cup, which enables storage over long periods due to high barrier performance and suitability for aseptic filling, and is eco-friendly, easy to recycle, and has good design.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Toppan Printing has been awarded a Kinoshita prize since 2007.
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Packaging Institute

April 12, 201138th Annual Map Design Competition
Best Book/Atlas

Awarded for:
National Geographic Atlas of the World, Ninth Edition
Toppan Printing Co. (America), Inc. / Toppan Printing Co., (H.K.) Ltd.
The atlas was recognized for the thematic maps that highlight 21st-century trends, the design features of the maps, the digital relief of the ocean floors, the digital graphics in the Nations spread and the colors of the continental physical maps.
Organizer/awarding body:
The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS (U.S.A.))

March 10, 2011DM Award Gold award grand prize

Awarded for:
Notification regarding cessation of 2G mobile phone services and upgrades to 3G mobile phones.
Softbank Mobile Corp./ Toppan Printing
Recognized for clarifying the attributes of a target that included a high proportion of senior citizens, designing an envelope where the notification could be understood just by looking at the envelope even if the contents were not read, and performing thorough data analysis and customer segmentation.
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Post Service Co., Ltd.

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2010

December 9, 201052nd National Catalog and Poster Exhibition Poster category: Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Award

Awarded for:

The GRAPHIC TRIAL events organized by Toppan Printing are experiments to explore the relationship between graphic design and printing expression and to discover new modes of expression through poster production carried out in collaboration with creators at the forefront of their fields. This piece of work was recognized for its prepress and printing technology and the originality of its planning and design.
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Federation of Printing Industries

December 3, 2010Japan M?c?nat Awards 2010 Printing Culture Promotion Award

Awarded to:
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (for the operation of the Printing Museum, Tokyo)
Toppan Printing was recognized for its activities to spread printing culture and for the social importance of activities to collect and preserve valuable technologies and materials that are disappearing as printing technology changes rapidly.
Organizer/awarding body:
Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, Japan

November 15, 2010Excellence in Holography Awards 2010 Innovation in Holographic Technique category - Top award

Awarded for:
「Asterium Hologram & Asterium Hologram & Asterium ML Toppan Printing
The award recognized the technology for Asterium high-security devices that have the special feature of changing from black to turquoise, which is achieved by applying photomask manufacturing technology and fusing optical design technologies with mass production technology for microstructures.
Organizer/awarding body:
International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA)

September 20, 20102010 Survey of Companies with Good Working Environments

Recognition:
Ranked 5th
Appeared in:
Nihon Keizai Shimbun (September 20, 2010)

June 21, 20104th Kinoshita Award New Creation Category

Awarded for:
Microwave packaging for Kobayashi Pharmaceutical's grilled fish pack. Created by Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
The award was received in recognition of the convenience and safety of being able to easily prepare grilled fish using a microwave oven due to the use of a heat generating sheet called a “susceptor” developed by Toppan Printing.
Organizer/awarding body:
apan Packaging Institute

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2009

December 15, 20093rd Japan Monodzukuri Awards Prime Minister's Award

Awarded for:
Noriaki Kikuchi, Sapporo Plant, Toppan Communication Products Co., Ltd.
Awarded in recognition of winning a gold medal at the 40th WorldSkills competition held in Calgary.
Organizer/awarding body:
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism / Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare / Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology / The Japan Machinery Federation

September 7, 200940th WorldSkills Competition (Calgary, Canada) Printing category: Gold medal

Awarded for:
Noriaki Kikuchi, Sapporo Plant, Toppan Communication Products, Co., Ltd.
Printing became an official discipline at the previous competition held in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The Japanese representative in the category was selected from Toppan Printing for two consecutive competitions. Fourteen countries competed and this was the first gold medal in the printing category for a Japanese competitor.
Organizer/awarding body:
Organizing Committee for WorldSkills International Japan Vocational Ability Development Association (Organization for Japanese competitors)

September 7, 20092009 Survey of Companies with Good Working Environments

Recognition:
Toppan Printing ranked 2nd.
Appeared in:
Nihon Keizai Shimbun (September 7,2009)

June 11, 200933rd Kinoshita Award Improvement and Rationalization Category

Awarded for:
Nescafé CHARGE from Nestlé Japan and Toppan Printing
Combination of multiple processing technologies. Recognized for ease of refilling, retention of quality and reduction of environmental impact.
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Packaging Institute

June 5, 2009Ranking of companies with progressive information disclosure in CSR reports

Awarded for:
Toppan Printing ranked 1st
Appeared in:
Fuji Sankei Business i. (June 5, 2009)

March 16, 200919th Naming Awards Ranked 4th in Business Category

Awarded for:
“Machikomi”(e-paper advertising), the name for electronic paper signage from Toppan Printing that was used on the Sendai subway system. Voted for by readers.
Organizer/awarding body:
The Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Ltd.

February 2, 2009 PRTR Awards 2008 “PRTR Excellence Award”

Awarded for:
Niigata Plant, Electronics Division, Toppan Printing
Praise was received for promoting original material management with consideration for the characteristics of the region and products manufactured, producing an environmental report for the plant itself and continuing communication activities with local residents using the report. This was the first time that an excellence award has been given to company in the printing industry.
Organizer/awarding body:
Center for Environmental Information Science

January 30, 2009Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2009

Recognition:
Toppan Printing
Selected for third consecutive year (announced at the Davos meeting)
Recognized for initiatives including the creation of environmental management systems, the development of environmentally friendly products and the promotion of CSR procurement. Only company in Japanese printing industry to be selected.
Recognized by:
Corporate Knights Inc. (Canada) and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc. (USA)

January 17, 2009Nandemo Ranking "Recommended Corporate Museums"

Recognition:
Toppan Printing's Printing Museum, Tokyo ranked 2nd
Recognized by experts and enthusiasts for being a specific corporation or corporate group proactively involved in operation and establishment of a facility that presents an exhibition with strong links to the corporation and that can also be enjoyed by adults.
Appeared in:
NIKKEI Plus 1

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2008

December 25, 2008The Excellence in Holography Awards 2008 Grand prize in the Packaging category

Awarded for:
RFID Crystagram from Toppan Printing, Hitachi and Hitachi Chemical
The RFID Crystagram is a revolutionary product whereby an IC chip is built into a hologram. This was recognized for enabling both traceability of products in distribution and production and improvement of package design. This is the first such award received by Japanese companies.
Organizer/awarding body:
IHMA (International Hologram Manufacturers Association)

September 1, 20082008 Survey of Companies with Good Working Environments

Recognition:
Toppan Printing ranked 5th
Appeared in:
Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun (September 1, 2008)

May 29, 2008 32nd Kinoshita Prize (Innovation Category)

Awarded for:
Establishment of new packaging business through the use of unique QR codes Toppan Printing
Awarded by:
Japan Packaging Institute

April 3, 2008 11thEnvironmental and Sustainability Report Awards The highest award for sustainability reporting

Awarded for:
Toppan Printing's CSR Report 2007 (report on corporate social responsibility activities)
Highly regarded for detailed explanations, the proactive disclosure of even negative information, and detailed descriptions of the achievement of targets for the current fiscal year and the setting of targets for coming fiscal years.
Awarded by:
Toyo Keizai Inc. and the Green Reporting Forum
Appeared in:
Toyo Keizai Inc. press release (on the Internet)

February 13, 2008350 global companies who fulfill their social responsibility

Recognition:
Toppan Printing ranked 10th
Recognized in an evaluation of the 1,900 companies making up the MSCI World Index, based on a total score obtained from seven CSR fields (corporate ethics, local communities, corporate governance, customers, employees, the environment, and suppliers)
Recognized by:
Newsweek
Appeared in:
Newsweek (Japan edition [February 13, 2008])

February 8, 200847th Japan Packaging Competition Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award

Awarded for:
Kirin Honkaku Shochu Tarucho Mugi and Kirin Honkaku Shochu Tarucho Imo, developed jointly with Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Awarded by:
Japan Federation of Printing Industries

January 23, 2008Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2008

Recognition:
Toppan Printing selected for the second consecutive year (announced at the Davos meeting).
Recognized for outstanding use of human capital
Recognized by:
Corporate Knights Inc., and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc.

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2007

November 14 to 212007 39th WorldSkills Competition (International Skills Festival for All) (Numazu City)

Awarded to:
Yasuhiro Suzuki (Toppan Printing Tokyo Co., Ltd.), 6th place and winner of Medallion for Excellence in the printing category
Awarded by:
Japan Organizing Committee, the International Skills Festival for All, Japan 2007

August 27, 2007Ranked in a survey of companies with ideal working environments

Recognition:
Toppan Printing ranked 5th overall
Ranked 3rd for employee motivation system, 7th for worker-friendly working environment, and 1st for human resource development and evaluation.
Organizer/awarding body:
Nikkei Inc.

June 12, 2007Japan Packaging Contest 2007 Japanstar Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry's Award

Awarded for:
1,000g eco-packs for Honen Ichiban-shibori Kyanora-yu (first press canola oil), jointly developed with J-Oil Mills, Inc.
The eco-pack is a food oil package consisting of an inner bag and outer box, both recyclable after separation. A finger hole makes handling easier, and soy-ink and water-based high-gloss varnish raise the eco-friendliness and commercial value.
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Packaging Institute

June 12, 200731st Kinoshita Prize (Improvement and Rationalization Category)

Awarded for:
Yasashii Ecotainer®, jointly developed with J-Oil Mills, Inc.
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Packaging Institute

March 5, 20075th Key Firm of Integrity Award (Business Corporation Category)

Awarded to:
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
Awarded by:
KFi K.K. and The Sankei Shimbun

February 4, 2007Seken ni Jiman Dekiru Kigyo Best 100 ("companies that can be proud")

Recognition:
Toppan Printing ranked 1st
Appeared in:
Yomiuri Weekly (February 4, 2007)

January 29, 2007Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2007

Recognition:
Toppan Printing(announced at the Davos meeting)
Ranked No. 1 in the world for use of human capital
Recognized by:
Corporate Knights Inc. and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc.

January 29, 2007Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2007

Recognition:
Toppan Printing ranked 1st
Appeared in:
CANPAN CSR Plus, a community service website operated by The Nippon Foundation

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2006

November 29, 20063rd eco products awards Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' Prize (eco products category)

Awarded for:
Cartocan (a paper-based beverage container)
Morikami Conference/ Toppan Printing
Recognized for significant contribution to the promotion of initiatives such as the plan to achieve Kyoto Protocol targets and Japan's overall strategy for biomass through the effective use and promotion of domestic forest biomass resources.
Awarded by:
eco products awards Steering Committee

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2005

September 20, 20057th Automatic Identification Systems Awards Excellence Prize

Awarded for:
Management system for returnable packaging materials Toppan Printing/ Toppan Cosmo, Inc.
Awarded by:
Japan Automatic Identification Systems Association

September 16, 2005Recognized as a Company with a Distinguished Record in the Employment of the Disabled in FY2005

Recognition:
Toppan Printing
Recognized by:
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

July 4, 2005ORGATECHNO 2005 Device Category Prize

Awarded for:
Development of a ball SAW device Toppan Printing
Developed a new high-sensitivity elastic wave detection devices where an electrode is formed on the surface of a crystal ball
Awarded by:
ORGATECHNO 2005 Organic Materials Technology Exhibition and International Conference on Organic Materials Technology

March 1, 20054th Keinosuke Sato Prize (Corporation Category) from the Japan Typography Association

Awarded for:
Toppan Printing’s Printing Museum, Tokyo
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Typography Association, a nonprofit organization

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2004

May 31, 200428th Kinoshita Prize (Research and Development Category)

Awarded for:
GX Film, an ultra high-barrier clear vapor-deposition film Toppan Printing
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Packaging Institute

February 3, 20042003 Nikkei Superior Products & Services Awards Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun Award, the top award

Awarded for:
LE-X system for data distribution services using IC tags (shipping tags)Toppan Printing
Awarded by:
Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc.

January 6, 2004Bunkyo Ward Award for Distinction as a Corporate Citizen

Awarded for:
Toppan Printing
Awarded by:
Bunkyo Ward

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2003

December 16, 200318th Digital Content Grand Prix Special Prize (personal recognition category)

Awarded for:
VR Production Group, E-Business Promotion Division
Awarded by:
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Digital Content Association of Japan

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2002

November 29, 2002Japan Mécénat Awards 2002 Encouragement Award

Awarded for:
Operation of Toppan Hall, a symphonic concert hall
Awarded by:
Association for Corporate Support of the Arts

November 20, 20023rd Yushodo Gesner Awards Special Award

Awarded for:
artes imprimendi: Historia Naturalis of Printing, Toppan Printing
Awarded by:
Yushodo Co., Ltd.

October 23 ,200213th (2002) Excellent Company History Award Excellent Company History Award

Awarded for:
Business History of Toppan Toppan Printing
Awarded by:
Japan Business History Institute

October 15, 20022002 Contribution to Industrial Standardization / Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry's Awards Minster of Economy, Trade and Industry Award

Awarded for:
Yoshikazu Yorimoto, Toppan Printing (development of first smart card in Japan)
Organizer/awarding body:
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

August 23, 2002Asia Digital Art Award Digital design category: Grand Prix (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Encouragement Award)

Awarded for:
IGAS 2003 related digital design Akira Hizawa, Toppan Printing
Organizer/awarding body:
Asia Digital Art Award Organizing Committee

May 31, 20028th HODIC Suzuki and Okada Awards Technology category

Awarded for:
Development of a highly efficient white color-type hologram reflective plate (for reflection-type LCD)
Hologram Reflective Plate Development Team, Toppan Technical Research Institute, Toppan Printing
Organizer/awarding body:
HODIC (Holographic Display Artists and Engineers Club)

May 18, 200228th Japan Society of Publishing Studies Awards Special Award

Awarded for:
Editing of artes imprimendi: Historia Naturalis of Printing by the artes imprimendi Editing Committee, Toppan Printing
Organizer/awarding body:
The Japan Society of Publishing Studies

April 18, 200236th Book Making and Binding Contest Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award

Awarded for:
artes imprimendi: Historia Naturalis of Printing, Toppan Printing
Organizer/awarding body:
Japan Book Publishers Association / Japan Federation of Printing Industries

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2001

December 12, 2001Tokyo Creation Awards 15th Award

Awarded for:
Contributions to society through the activities of the Printing Museum, Tokyo and artes imprimendi: Historia Naturalis of Printing, Toppan Printing
Organizer/awarding body:
Tokyo Fashion Association (currently Japan Fashion Association)

December 10, 200113th Hong Kong Print Awards Magazine publishing category

Awarded for:
Toppan Printing Co., (H.K.) Ltd. One grand prize and two awards for excellence
Organizer/awarding body:
Hong Kong Publishing Professionals Society Ltd./ Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong/ Leisure and Cultural Services Department/ Hong Kong Trade Development Council/ Hong Kong Productivity Council

July 24, 200142nd Japan Federation of Construction Contractors BCS Awards Japan Federation of Construction Contractors Award

Awarded for:
Toppan Koishikawa Building, Toppan Printing
Organizer/awarding body:
Building Contractors Society

January 18, 2001Mainichi Design Prize 2000 Special Award

Awarded for:
Opening of Printing Museum, Tokyo Toppan Printing/ Kiyoshi Awazu
Organizer/awarding body:
The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.

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2000

July 1, 20005th Advanced Display of the Year 2000 Grand Prix, Component and Material Category

Awarded for:
Color filter conforming with EBU standards Toppan Printing
Organizer/awarding body:
Science Communications International

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