The "Good Design" - Award is a comprehensive program for the evaluation and encouragement of design organized by a public interest incorporated foundation, the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). This award system was originally born in 1957, out of the belief that good design is essential to everyday life. Since then, the "Good Design" - Award has been given to outstanding designs for more than 50 years in the pursuit of prosperous lives and industrial development. Approximately 37,000 Good Design Awards have been given in continuing these efforts. JDP receives approximately 3,000 submissions from more than 1,000 companies and designers from inside and outside of Japan every year. These designs are screened by about 60 design experts, who select and recommend those designs worthy of the "Good Design"-Awards.
Comment from "Good Design" Award - Committee:
The tragedy which happened in Sasako Tunnel* last year reminds us about the importance of safety in invisible infrastructure. Identical to a tunnel, the aging of sewer pipelines is becoming a quite serious social problem. However, redevelopment of urban infrastructure is expensive and not easy to proceed due to road infrastructure above ground. This SPR™ method forms a strong structure inside of the host pipe. It is worthy of high praise, since state of the art technology is essential for the improvement of infrastructure. (Source: "Good Design"-Award)
*On December 2, 2012, nearly 150 concrete ceiling panels inside the Tokyo-bound Sasago Tunnel collapsed, crushing three vehicles, including a van that caught fire. Nine people died and two were injured.The caved-in point was 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the Tokyo-side exit and over a length of 50 to 60 metres (160–200 ft). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasago_Tunnel