Epson President Minoru Usui Awarded Prestigious Medal with Blue Ribbon
- TOKYO, Japan, November 2, 2018 -
Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") is pleased to announce that President Minoru Usui has been selected by the Japanese government to receive the prestigious Medal with Blue Ribbon this autumn.
Reason for selection
- Contributions to the advancement of the company and industry through business
- Contributions to the advancement of business as representative director and president of Epson
- Contributions to digital printing in color inkjet printer development and photography culture
- Contributions to the development of the 3LCD projector business for the education market
- Contributions to the advancement of the watch industry through the development and popularization of the world's first GPS solar watches
- Contributions to the advancement of the office equipment industry as chairman of the Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association (JBMIA)
Comments from Mr. Usui
"It is a tremendous honor to receive the Medal with a Blue Ribbon. It would not have been possible without the support of countless other individuals, to whom I am profoundly grateful.
"One of the main reasons cited for this honor was color inkjet printers–products that I am proud to say contributed significantly to the spread and advancement of digital photo printing. The color inkjet printers we developed provided photo-quality prints at a price that was affordable to ordinary consumers, and this created a culture in which we empowered anyone to easily and conveniently print photos at home. Along the way, I think we were able to contribute to the popularization and advancement of the digital photo printing culture, including digital camera photo printing and the development of inkjet-printed New Year's greeting postcards in Japan.
"As a company executive, I look forward to the challenge of developing new products in different areas, creating new markets, contributing to industrial and cultural development, and making Epson an indispensable company."
The Medal with a Blue Ribbon
Six types of medals, each with a different ribbon color (red, green, yellow, purple, blue, and dark blue), are conferred to individuals who have made notable achievements in one of six areas. The Medal with a Blue Ribbon is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in areas such as the advancement of industry and the promotion of public welfare and education through their business activities or work with other groups or organizations.
The 2018 autumn medals of honors will be presented in a ceremony on November 14 at the Tokyo Prince Hotel, followed by an audience with His Majesty the Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace.
Profile of Minoru Usui
|November 1979||Joined Shinshu Seiki Co. Ltd. (now Seiko Epson Corp.)|
|April 1997||Appointed General Manager, IJ Development & Design Department, Imaging and Information Products Division|
|April 2002||Appointed Deputy General Administrative Manager, Imaging and Information Products Division|
|June 2002||Appointed Director|
|November 2004||Appointed Deputy General Administrative Manager, Corporate Research & Development Division|
|November 2005||Appointed General Administrative Manager, Production Engineering & Development Division|
|July 2007||Appointed General Administrative Manager, Corporate Research & Development Division|
|October 2007||Appointed Managing Director|
|June 2008||Appointed Representative Director/President (current position)|
|November 2008||Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2008 Kanto Region Invention Awards–Embodiment Award (for the embodiment of a method of depositing multi-sized ink droplets)|
|November 2009||Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2009 Kanto Region Invention Awards–Embodiment Award (for the embodiment of a high-lumen compact liquid crystal projector)|
|November 2010||Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2010 Kanto Region Invention Awards–Embodiment Award (for the embodiment of an inkjet printer with borderless printing capability)|
|June 2012||Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2012 National Invention Awards–Invention Embodiment Award (for the development of a high-lumen compact liquid crystal projector)|
|November 2012||Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2012 Kanto Region Invention Awards–Embodiment Award (for the invention of a mechanical wristwatch with the accuracy of a quartz watch)|
|November 2016||Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2016 Kanto Region Invention Awards–Embodiment Award (for the invention of a solar GPS wristwatch)|
Awards won by past Epson officers and employees
The Medal with a Blue Ribbon
|1980||Kentaro Hattori||(then chairman)|
|1983||Reijiro Hattori||(then president of Hattori Tokeiten)|
|1986||Tsuneya Nakamura||(then vice-president)|
|1996||Hideaki Yasukawa||(then president)|
|2006||Saburo Kusama||(then chairman)|
|2011||Seiji Hanaoka||(then chairman)|
The Medal with a Yellow Ribbon
|2011||Koichi Shibata (Epson Atmix)|
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, watches and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 81,000 employees in 85 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.