Corporate Obligations and ResponsibilitiesAwards History

Yahoo Japan Corporation (Yahoo! JAPAN) and its services have won many distinguished awards.

Past awards

Year Award Organization
2018 Award 3 Stars Customer Service —YJFX, Inc. Organization HDI Benchmark/Assessment
2017 Award Nikkei Smart Work Award 2018, Market Pioneer Division Organization Smart Work Project
2017 Award Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award, The 20th JAPAN WATER PRIZE — “Information on river water level” Organization Japan River Association
2017 Award 2018 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program; Large Enterprise Category (White 500) Organization Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2017 Award Promotion Award of the Women’s Healthcare and Work-Life Balance (WLB) Award Organization Women’s Healthcare Awareness & Menopause Network Society
2017 Award Selected as Competitive IT Strategy Company 2017 Organization Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2017 Award 2nd in the world in GREEN500, energy efficient super computer ranking —“kukai” Organization GREEN500
2017 Award 2017 GOOD DESIGN AWARD—“Chodo Kono Takasa (Right at this height)”, “Connecting the lesson from the past to the future: Disaster Calendar”, “reU funding” Organization Japan Institute of Design Promotion
2016 Award Top Hundred Telework Pioneers, Awards of Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Organization Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
2016 Award Selected as Competitive IT Strategy Company 2016 Organization Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2016 Award Awards for Enterprises and Workplaces with Pleasant Working Environments and High Productivity Incentive Award Organization Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
2016 Award “New Tohoku” Reconstruction Achievement Award—Tour de Tohoku Organization Reconstruction Agency
2016 Award 2017 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program;  Large Enterprise Category (White 500) Organization Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2016 Award Promotion of Cancer Control Partner Award, Employment Category Organization Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
2016 Award Japan Fundraising Grand Prize: Special Prize, Giving December Award: Award for Excellence —Yahoo! Internet Fund Raising Organization “Giving December” Secretariat / Japan Fundraising Association
2016 Award 2016 Newsletter Awards, Silver Prize Organization
2016 Award ODNJ Excellent Awards, Organization Prize Organization
2015 Award Recommended Internal Newsletter, Video of the Year, Japan Business Federation Organization Japan Business Federation
2015 Award CODE Awards Grand Prize —Yahoo! JAPAN Trend Coaster Organization D2C Inc.
2015 Award Transit Advertisement Grand Prize, Award for Excellence, 2015 Planning Category —Launch Campaign for the YAHUOFF! Flagship Store in Shibuya Organization East Japan Marketing & Communications, Inc.
2015 Award Sixth ATTT Award for Excellence, Navigation Category —Yahoo! Car Navigation Organization Automotive Telecommunication Technology Tokyo (ATTT)
2014 Award 2014 GOOD DESIGN AWARD —Hands-on Search, Yahoo! Government Auctions, Prime Window Organization Japan Institute of Design Promotion

Awards received in fiscal 2018

YJFX, Inc. awarded 3 Stars Customer Service (highest rating)

YJFX, Inc. was awarded the highest rating, 3 Stars for customer service from HDI-Japan, the Japanese organization for HDI. HDI is the world’s largest membership association in customer support service.
Our service won No. 1 performance (*1) across all industries for its high quality, accommodation to users’ needs and excellence in usability. In addition, YJFX, Inc. is the only company that independently won the 3 Stars award in the securities industry. (*2)

  • *1: Compared to 2017 survey
  • *2: As of May 14, 2018

Awards received in fiscal 2017

Nikkei Smart Work Award 2018, Market Pioneer Division

Nihon Keizai Shimbun Group conducted a “Nikkei Smart Work Management” survey for the first time on listed companies. Based on the results of this survey, an external review committee comprehensively examined companies on their measures in utilizing their human resources, innovative abilities, management base, etc. As a result, Yahoo! JAPAN was selected as an excellent company leading the next generation.
Our “innovative ability” and “market pioneering ability” in AI and IoT were highly recognized.

“Information on river water level” received the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award, in the 20th JAPAN WATER PRIZE

On March 27, 2018, “Information on river water level” received the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award in the 20th JAPAN WATER PRIZE announced by the Committee on Japan Water Prize.
*JAPAN WATER PRIZE aims for Japan and the Earth in the 21st century to be full of safe, clean and tasty water. It reviews various activities that contribute to the restoration of water cycle and awards activities that especially excel in social contribution, prevention of water disaster, water resource, water environment, etc. The prize was established in 1998 to widely disseminate such activities to the Japanese people.

Related problem solving keyword

  • Climate change response
  • Prevention and reduction of disasters

Acknowledgement by the Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program, Large Enterprise Category (White 500)

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry recognizes companies of all sizes that practice particularly impressive health management with the Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program. Yahoo! JAPAN has been acknowledged in the large enterprise category (White 500). This program distinguishes outstanding companies that pursue health management. It awards companies that acknowledge health management of its employees from a management perspective and take strategic measures for this purpose, so that companies will create working environment that is commended by the society including employees, job applicants and financial institutions. CEO is also appointed as Chief Conditioning Officer (CCO) to build companywide health promotion systems and encourage employees to take health maintenance a step further to improve their physical condition and ward off illness. This internal system to promote health management that also involves the management team has been highly regarded and have led to this acknowledgement.

The icon of Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program; Large Enterprise Category (White 500)

Related problem solving keyword

  • #3Diversity
  • Workstyle reform

Promotion Award of the Women’s Healthcare and Work-Life Balance (WLB) Award

Under the target of “fostering a culture in which employees can work lively and healthily”, we have continued to pursue our “health support project for women” since 2014. We endeavor to enhance and develop contents related to lifestyle and health issues of working women.
Our continuous initiatives to improve the health of working women such as improving the health of our families and health literacy, nurturing of corporate culture in which consultation can be made easily, were highly evaluated.

Group photo of Promotion Award of the Women’s Healthcare and Work-Life Balance (WLB) Award

Related problem solving keyword

  • #3Diversity
  • Workstyle reform

Selection as Competitive IT Strategy Company 2017

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange selected Yahoo! JAPAN as Competitive IT Strategy Company 2017. This honor is awarded to companies listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange that actively use IT to inspire administrative innovation and increase productivity and earnings.
Yahoo! JAPAN was recognized for its creation of practical and new technologies and active usage of IT in various areas such as usage of accumulated big data. Yahoo! JAPAN has been awarded with this prize for two consecutive years since 2016.

Picture of awards ceremony of selection as Competitive IT Strategy Company 2017

“kukai” ranked 2nd in the world in GREEN500, energy efficient super computer ranking

In cooperation with ExaScaler Inc. and HPC SYSTEMS Inc., Yahoo! JAPAN developed “kukai”, a highly energy efficient super computer that is used in deep learning in particular. It was ranked 2nd in the world in GREEN500, energy efficient super computer ranking.
The processing performance per power consumption of “kukai” is top class in the world. “kukai” can process large scale deep learning in short time and for a low cost. In addition, compared to other cases in which the latest and same scale GPU server is used, electricity cost reduction is expected to be around 15%. Processing units such as CPU and GPU generate heat while processing. Therefore, cooling using air conditioning (e.g. fans) is used to maintain the processing ability. Instead of cooling, “kukai” uses liquid immersion, a method in which hardware is directly immersed into non-conductive liquid. Through this method, cooling efficiency is improved and energy saving is achieved.
Yahoo! JAPAN will promote the use of deep learning in more services and functions. Personalization accuracy of content distribution such as ads, news and Internet shopping will be improved so that we will know the people who live in Japan the best and will be able to provide services which can bring about best hospitality as well as solutions to problems.

Related problem solving keyword

  • Development of IT industry
  • Recycling-oriented society

“Just at this height” “Connecting past lessons to the future – Disaster calendar” “reU funding” receive 2017 GOOD DESIGN AWARD

・“Just at this height” ― GOOD DESIGN SPECIAL AWARD [DISASTER RECOVERY DESIGN] ―

On the wall of Ginza SONY Building, we posted an advertisement that showed the maximum height of the tsunami (16.7 m) that was observed on March 11, 2011 in Oofunato City, Iwate Prefecture during the Great East Japan Earthquake. A red line was drawn at 16.7 m so that viewers will be able to imagine the threat of tsunami in order to raise awareness towards disaster prevention.
A strong message from the company that the earthquake and disaster should not be forgotten, and the power of expression were highly evaluated.

・“Connecting past lessons to the future – Disaster calendar” ― GOOD DESIGN AWARD ―

In a calendar format, the website aggregates various materials (photographs, newspaper clips, etc.) on natural disasters in and out of Japan.
Excellent information dissemination method on disaster prevention and reduction leveraging the characteristics of web media was highly regarded.

・“reU funding”― GOOD DESIGN AWARD ―

reU funding is a cloud funding service. Using the cash generated from trade of usable goods in YAHUOKU!, users can support projects they empathize.
Contribution towards a recycling-oriented society, easy-to-participate fund raising, new type of service design aimed at promotional effect of the activities received recognition and was awarded the 2017 GOOD DESIGN AWARD.

Awards received in fiscal 2016

Top Hundred Telework Pioneers, Awards of Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications

Yahoo! JAPAN has been recognized as a company striving to be a pioneer in ideal teleworking with the Top Hundred Telework Pioneers, Awards of Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications. Since fiscal 2015, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has announced the Top Hundred Telework Pioneers out of the companies that have instituted telework programs with the goal to promote teleworking. From fiscal 2016, companies from among the hundred with particularly impressive pioneering efforts have been awarded the Awards of Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications. Yahoo! JAPAN has been awarded this prize for its role as a pioneer in initiatives to introduce a teleworking program for all employees, where they can work from anywhere they wish, their home or elsewhere.

The group photo of recipients of awards

Related problem solving keyword

  • #3Diversity
  • Workstyle reform

Selection as Competitive IT Strategy Company 2016

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange selected Yahoo! JAPAN as Competitive IT Strategy Company 2016. This honor is awarded to companies listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange that actively use IT to inspire administrative innovation and increase productivity and earnings.
Yahoo! JAPAN has been commended for three initiatives designed to achieve innovations in quality and volume for data platforms, which serve as the foundation of big data use. Incorporating both corporate and user perspectives in our IoT initiatives has also been highly regarded.

The group photo of recipients of awards

Awards for Enterprises and Workplaces with Pleasant Working Environments and High Productivity

With the Awards for Enterprises and Workplaces with Pleasant Working Environments and High Productivity, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare recognizes companies that strive for improvements in labor productivity and that have appealing work environments. Yahoo! JAPAN received the Incentive Award.
We have been commended for our initiatives to promote new workstyles, such as the Dokodemo Office (telework) and free address workspaces introduced in our new office, to increase work efficiency and expand the mindsets of our employees by exposing them to a variety of information. In addition, we have created a number of systems within the organization that inspire innovation, including our internal entrepreneurship program.

Related problem solving keyword

  • #3Diversity
  • Workstyle reform

Tour de Tohoku “New Tohoku” Reconstruction Achievement Award

Fiscal 2016 marked five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, entering a reconstruction/revitalization period. The Reconstruction Agency used that milestone to recognize individuals and organizations that contributed to initiatives to develop a “New Tohoku” in areas damaged by the quake with the New Tohoku Reconstruction and Revitalization Award. Tour de Tohoku was honored with an award in the reconstruction achievement category.
In Tour de Tohoku 2016, the fourth year of the event, a total of 3,764 cyclists cycled across six courses through Ishinomaki, Kesennuma, Onagawa, and Minamisanriku along the Sanriku Coast in Miyagi Prefecture. Over the years, the event has developed into one of the largest cycling event in Japan in terms of participants and distance.
Tour de Tohoku has been commended for its support of the long-term reconstruction of Tohoku. The goal is to hold the event for 10 continuous years and for the government and people to work together to revitalize the area through cycle tourism.

Related problem solving keyword

  • Disaster recovery support
  • Regional revitalization
  • Inform/save

Acknowledgement by the Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program, Large Enterprise Category (White 500)

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry recognizes companies of all sizes that practice particularly impressive health management with the Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program. Yahoo! JAPAN has been acknowledged in the large enterprise category (White 500). This program distinguishes outstanding companies that pursue health management. It awards companies that acknowledge health management of its employees from a management perspective and take strategic measures for this purpose, so that companies will create working environment that is commended by the society including employees, job applicants and financial institutions. President and CEO Manabu Miyasaka personally became the Chief Conditioning Officer (CCO) to build companywide health promotion systems and encourage employees to take health maintenance a step further to improve their physical condition and ward off illness. These steps have been highly regarded and have led to this acknowledgement.

The group photo of recipients of awards The group photo of recipients of awards

Related problem solving keyword

  • #3Diversity
  • Workstyle reform

Promotion of Cancer Control Partner Award, Employment Category

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare recognizes companies taking active cancer prevention steps in its Action for the Promotion of Cancer Control, and awarded Yahoo! JAPAN the Promotion of Cancer Control Partner Award in the employment category. With the Dokodemo Office system, employees can choose to work anywhere. In addition to actively utilizing this system, we have made arrangements to have personal health advising from occupational physicians and nurses available and introduced a structure to enable employees working shortened hours after returning to work following a leave of absence to gradually increase the length of their work day. Yahoo! JAPAN has been commended for these measures in actively supporting cancer patients to continue with work.

Related problem solving keyword

  • #3Diversity
  • Workstyle reform
  • Healthy society

Japan Fundraising Grand Prize: Special Prize and Giving December Award: Award for Excellence

To encourage people to think about donation and fundraising, the “Giving December” Steering Committee sponsors the Giving December Award. Japan Fundraising Association sponsors the Japan Fundraising Grand Prize to award successful fundraising cases. Yahoo! Internet Fund Raising’s special feature in December 2016 won both the special prize and award for excellence in the corporate category. We were commended for our cooperation with business divisions to collect substantial donations.

Photo of recipients of Giving December Award 2017

Related problem solving keyword

  • Disaster recovery support
  • Assistance for NPOs

2016 Newsletter Awards, Silver Prize

Our in-house public relations article Top Interviewer* won the silver prize in the 2016 Newsletter Awards, online newsletter category. User Voice also took the silver prize in the online video category.
* Interviews conducted by our President, Miyasaka, for the purpose of honoring employees active in the frontline.

ODNJ Excellent Awards, Organization Prize

NPO OD Network Japan recognizes organizations (individuals) that take an organizational development (OD) approach to revitalizing their business. Yahoo! JAPAN was honored with the ODNJ Excellent Award organization prize 2016.
We take an administrative approach to organizational development in pursuit of “unleashing the talents and passions of employees.” Once a week, supervisors conduct one-on-one meetings with subordinates to discuss work and career aspirations. We have been commended for these efforts in addition to establishing a division to implement organizational development.

Related problem solving keyword

  • #3Diversity
  • Workstyle reform

Awards received in fiscal 2015

Japan Business Federation Recommended Internal Newsletter, Video of the Year

Every year, Japan Business Federation recommends internal newsletters and videos that have truly contributed to management. User Voice,* a video planned and produced for our town meeting was awarded Video of the Year.
* A video of residents of Ama in the Oki Islands explaining how they use Yahoo! JAPAN services and what they expect from our company in the future.

Related problem solving keyword

  • Disaster recovery support
  • Assistance for NPOs

Title and divisions are as of the time when the awards were received