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 Award for Companies Promoting Cancer Control: Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Prize Organization Action Plan for Promotion of Cancer Control
2018 Award Certified as 2018 Sports Yell Company Organization Japan Sports Agency
2018 Award Certified as 2018 Tokyo Sports Promotion Company Organization Tokyo Metropolitan Government
2018 Award Received Silver Certification as a Healthy Company Organization Tokyo Federation of the National Federation of Health Insurance Societies
2018 Award Certified in 2nd “Healthy Meal and Food Environment” Meal Service category Organization Healthy Meal & Food Environment Consortium
2018 Award 2018 GOOD DESIGN AWARD—Open collaboration space “LODGE” Organization Japan Institute of Design Promotion
2018 Award YAHUOKU! mobile website certified in Google’s “Masters of Mobile” as a 2018 Master Site in the retail & commerce category Organization Google
2018 Award “Election in the Dark(Audible Election)” received numerous advertising awards including Cannes Lions 2018 Organization
2018 Award 3 Stars Customer Service —YJFX, Inc. Organization HDI Benchmark/Assessment
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Awards received in fiscal 2018

Received Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Prize in the Award for Companies Promoting Cancer Control

Under the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s Action Plan for Promotion of Cancer Control, which awards companies actively making efforts in cancer control, Yahoo! JAPAN received the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Prize in the Award for Companies Promoting Cancer Control.
The prize acknowledged our comprehensive efforts, including initiatives to improve employees’ awareness such as the provision of e-learning to all employees to raise the rate of taking cancer screening, as well as the establishment of our own program to assist the balancing of treatment and work, and the provision of information not only to employees but also to their families.

Photograph of certificate of commendation of cancer countermeasure promotion company

“Election in the Dark (Audible Election)” received numerous advertising awards including Cannes Lions 2018

“Election in the Dark (Audible Election)”, a website for the visually impaired which was launched for the 2017 Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election and House of Representative election, received numerous advertising awards.
Under the Public Offices Election Act, the paper version of campaign bulletins must be presented as images in PDF format when distributing online. However, PDF files cannot be read aloud by text to speech software making it difficult for the visually impaired to acquire information from campaign bulletins on the Internet. In order to solve this problem, “Election in the Dark (Audible Election)” was developed as an election website for the visually impaired so that information on the candidates can be read aloud. The ability to discover issues and the ideas to solve these social issues were highly evaluated.

International Advertising Awards

Japanese Advertising Awards

Trophy left:Spikes Asia,center:CODE Awards,right:Dentsu Advertising Awards

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.

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 and productivity 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 and productivity management. It awards companies that acknowledge health and productivity 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 and productivity 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)

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

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.

“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

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.

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.

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 and productivity 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 and productivity management. It awards companies that acknowledge health and productivity 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.

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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.

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

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 then 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.

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.

Award received in fiscal 2014

“Yahoo! Disaster Alert” received bronze award in ADFEST

“Yahoo! Disaster Alert” received bronze award in ADFEST which was held in Pattaya, Thailand.

Past awards given to academic papers

Year Award Organization
2019 Award NLP2019 Young Researcher Award Organization The Association for Natural Language Processing
2019 Award CHI2019 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award Organization The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
2019 Award DEIM2019 Student Presentation Award Organization THE DATABASE SOCIETY OF JAPAN
2018 Award IPSJ―SIGUBI2019 Excellent Paper Award Organization SIG Ubiquitous Computing System (UBI), Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ)
2018 Award JSAI2018 Execellent Paper Award Organization The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence
2018 Award WebDB2018 Best Paper Runner-up Organization THE DATABASE SOCIETY OF JAPAN
2018 Award JSAI2017 Paper Award Organization The Japanese society for Artificial Intelligence
2018 Award PAKDD2018 Student Travel Award Organization Pacific Asia Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
2018 Award Poster Session Excellent Award at Kyudai-Riken-Fukuoka, ISIT Three-Party Collaboration Symposium Organization Kyushu University, Riken, Fukuoka City
2018 Award DEIM2018 Student Presentation Award Organization THE DATABASE SOCIETY OF JAPAN
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Title and divisions are as of the time when the awards were received