2nd Award Ceremony to Present the Prime Minister's Commendations for the Award of Japan for Crafting
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the second award ceremony to present the Prime Minister's Commendations for the Award of Japan for Crafting at the Prime Minister's Official Residence.
The Award of Japan for Crafting was created to commend the leading figures in the field of "crafting" and make their presence widely known to the society. Their crafting skills have supported Japan's culture and industry, and the aim of this award is to contribute to the passing on and further development of such skills for a new era.
This year, 45 people were awarded for 20 projects, including a precision machine tool to polish lenses of large-scale telescopes with an accuracy of one nanometer (0.000001mm). Awards were also conferred for a technique to recreate the stone walls of a castle using three-dimensional computer simulations, and to students of a technical college who won the grand prize in a robot contest.
Prime Minister Abe offered his words of congratulations, saying, "It is not only the finished Japanese products but also the craftsmen's enthusiasm and crafting mentality as well as their crafting skills that people abroad appreciate. And as a result, Japanese people's crafting techniques have won the trust of the world and gained a brand value. I hope that this award will serve as another step for you to take on further challenges for acquiring new skills and techniques."