October 18th, 2019.






The KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD is an international competition for user-centric product design, where the best of the best are actually put on the consumer market. Last year, They received a total of 1,289 entries from product designers in more than 46 countries. Past award winners have included hit products like the Kadokeshi eraser, the Nameless Paints, and the True Measure ruler.
they are looking for any and all ideas to turn into actual products. Be sure to submit your design for the KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD 2020.

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Love, passion, bonds, cuteness,hope, attachment, feelings, life. An idea to transform and lighten up this world.
A design that moves your heart the moment you see it, the moment you touch it. What is  ? Try giving shape to the answer you have found.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Product design

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

The competition accepts entries from any corporation, individual, or group that fulfills all the following requirements, regardless of their age, sex, occupation, or nationality.

  1.  Persons able to make a presentation at final judging (secondary judging) in Tokyo. (May 14, 2020). The contest organizer will pay expenses incurred by participants for travel and lodging  (up to two individuals for group entries).
  2.  Those who consent to these Rules.

In cases when an entrant is a minor, the consent of their parent or other statutory agent is required.


  • The design’s interpretation of the theme
  • The completeness of the design and the ideas behind it
  • The design’s potential to become a product

Opportunity Cost


Grand Prize: 2,000,000 yen ( about 18,000$ )

Merit Award: 500,000 yen ( about 4,500$ )

  • Special prizes may be awarded.
  • Not all prizes may be awarded for all categories if there is no winner selected.
  • Prize money will be paid net of withholding tax, surtax for reconstruction funding, and other applicable deductions.
  • The amount shown in dollar is that calculated at the time of publication. The prize will be calculated according to the exchange rate at the time of payment, from the amount shown in Japanese yen.

How to Apply

First Step: Register an account on the official page of competition from Here.

Second Step: Upload your design and submit it.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Bahi-eldin Yasser / Egypt

Reviewed by “ Eman Fadel Ali / Egypt

/ Egypt/ Rahaf Elkhodary
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team