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February 17, 2023


From the entries submitted by the students, 18 works that make us feel an exciting future were selected

KOKUYO Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Osaka/President: Hidekuni Kuroda) has announced the selection of 18 special awards for the 20th KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD, an international competition for product design.



Since its inception in 2002, KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD has been working to commercialize award-winning works. During the screening process, consideration for aspects such as manufacturing methods, and comfort and safety during use are also necessary. Even if ideas stand out, the balance with feasibility must be taken into consideration.

The YOKOKU Award, a special award given to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD, was established for the purpose of challenging and supporting young leaders of the next generation by selecting works that are appealing in their ideas and perspectives, without premise of commercialization, from among all entries submitted for the KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD 2023.

“YOKOKU” is derived from our purpose “Bringing you a tomorrow you can’t wait for.” The selection was made with an emphasis on having exciting elements and a sense of the future.

The YOKOKU Award ceremony will be held privately on Friday, February 24, and the winners will be presented with a certificate and cash prize of 30,000 yen.

The final judging to decide the Grand Prix and Excellence Award for the KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD 2023 will be held on Saturday, March 18, and the award ceremony will be held that evening. The final screening and award ceremony will be streamed globally on YouTube, and the YOKOKU AWARD ceremony will be featured.


The 20th KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD Special “YOKOKU Award” Award Winning Works (Order of entry)


Application Number Title Designer Name
KDA2023-0177IHH-90907 Stories by Paper Yashika Munjal
KDA2023-0325PSG-150581 Uniclip Ma Kwan Lam
KDA2023-0477GYY-60310 FLOWERS Mizuho Anzai
KDA2023-0508AIU-261209 Sense measure Taishin Hirai
KDA2023-0632LOK-330986 Color of food Huimin Zhou
KDA2023-0710KII-90975 Pattern Coloring Book Kai Kishita
KDA2023-0758RSS-31115 mosatto c,pan (Sota Yamaguchi, Fumi Takeshige, Kazuki Tateishi)
KDA2023-0758RSS-281118 motan c,pan (Sota Yamaguchi, Fumi Takeshige, Kazuki Tateishi)
KDA2023-0783YXX-40654 Tactileーbrush Liu Yutong
KDA2023-0812WXX-180993 fuzzy ruler TAsta (Shiori Shigawa, Mao Onishi)
KDA2023-0890PII-280795 Can do bad handwriting Saya Hikiune
KDA2023-0901ELH-40810 Tag Fight SPT (Saya Matsumoto, Cesar Ikumoto)
KDA2023-0912MCJ-91035 Where Is It Hiding? MZ Design (Zou Hu, Miao Jingyi)
KDA2023-1011PNN-260992 iroiro osu (Kazuma Michiwaki, Souta Suzuki, Akari Tsukamoto)
KDA2023-1041VLN-281038 Colored pencil from view Ibuki Ohara
KDA2023-1142ZDJ-11229 NEW GUEST BOOK Kim Minju
KDA2023-1144CTT-11235 Ripples Taketoshi Kitajima
KDA2023-1148LVV-261244 mado Hideto Hoshino


Details such as the presentation sheet of the work, description of the work, and judging comments are posted on the KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD 2023 website.


KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD 2023 Final judging, award ceremony, and talk show broadcast
In the final judging that will occur in the first half, 10 designers from Japan and overseas who were selected as finalists, after the initial judging of 1,023 entries, will give presentations and have a question and answer session with the judges.
In the second half, the award ceremony and talk show by the judges will be broadcast live.
In addition, during the final judging period, held privately between the first and second halves, a vote will be held for the “Audience Award” selected by live viewers, and the results will be announced at the award ceremony.


[Date and Time]
Saturday, March 18
14:30-17:00 (JST) Part 1: Finalist Presentations (Final judging)
18:30-20:00 (JST) Part 2: Award Ceremony and Judges’ talk show


[Broadcast URL]
Kokuyo Design Award YouTube


*Details of the broadcast will be available on the KOKUYO homepage from March 6th, 2023 (Mon.).

*Only Japanese is available during the broadcast. The judges’ talk show will be released with English subtitles at a later date.


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