2020Award of the Director-General of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau METI (recognizing contributors to the operation of the metrology system)Masaharu OhyaAWARDS!2020Award of the Director-General of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau METI (recognizing contributors to the operation of the metrology system)Takashi MinakamiMasaharu Ohya of the Business Planning Department, Environmental Instru-ment Division received the 2020 Award of the Director-General of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI (recognizing contributors to the operation of the metrology system). METI grants this award to recognize individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the oper-ation of metrology systems over the years. Ohya is the rst individual from Rion to receive the award as a contributor to the operation of metrology systems.Ohya took part in work to revise cabinet and ministerial orders associated with the Measurement Act for measuring instruments and has worked to formulate and internationalize related Japan Industrial Standards (JIS). He has been rec-ognized for his contributions in supporting and advancing metrology systems in Japan.Post Award InterviewQ1. How did you feel about the award?For many years, from the days of my predecessors, Rion has worked with and contributed to the metrology-related administrative authority involved in the operation of metrology systems. This award recognizes Rion’s sustained efforts to date. I’m truly honored.Q2. What were your contributions to the JIS formulation?In 2015, revisions to the Measurement Act and the Regulations on Calibration and Inspection of Specied Measuring Instruments were made regarding sound level meters and vibration level meters. Specications were harmonized with the IEC, an international standard, and with JIS. This marked the most signicant revisions since sound level meters and vibration level meters became specied measuring instruments. Various discussions had taken place in the past regarding the need for revisions, but for various reasons, they never went beyond discussions. The latest revisions had been strongly desired by the metrology-related administrative authority. JIS was revised in 2020 to provide wider exibility in implementing the Measurement Act. In line with the formulation of the standards and revisions of the regulations, I was put in charge of practical tasks as a member of the committee for the drafting of the JIS standards and a senior member of an associated subcommittee. I was also responsible for representing the industry when submitting a statement of opinions to the administrative branch. What I discovered through my activities is that anything is possible as long as everyone works to fulll their roles in their respective positions. We had numerous discussions with the METI Metrology Policy Ofce and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in considering various matters such as potential legal contradictions, other laws, and regulations that might be affected, whether the revisions would adversely impact users, and what to do if they did. I was quite impressed by how everyone went about their duties and how we functioned as a team.Q3. What are your thoughts on your future activities?Our sound level meters and vibration level meters, the main products of the Environmental Instrument Division, have evolved alongside metrology policies. People tend to think that laws and regulations are determined by the govern-ment and the only role for citizens is to comply. At Rion, we pride ourselves on being the most informed on the optimal vision for measuring instruments, their management, and the circumstances of their users. This time, I think Rion fullled its calling. I hope we’ll continue to do so. Rion has also produced staff members to serve on international standardization committees. As a Rion staff member, I hope I can expand our inuence in metrology policymaking and make contributions not just in Japan, but around the world.Takashi Minakami of the Particle Counter Sensor Development Section, Com-ponent Technology Development Department at the Technical Development Center received the Award of the Director-General of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI in 2020. The award is presented to individuals and organizations providing distinguished service to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the drafting of international standards and who have made outstanding contributions to standardization activities in the drafting of domestic standards (JIS). Since 2011, Minakami has served for nine years on the committee for ISO*1/TC 24 (Particle characterization including sieving)/SC 4 (Particle characterization). Most notably, he served as the shadow convener*2 and project leader for ISO/TC 24/SC 4/WG 9 (Single particle light interaction methods) and as the head of the liaison committee in Japan. He participated in the drafting of both international and domestic standards for particle characterization and played a leading role in the development and maintenance of standards associated with particle counters. Through these activities, he established a unied international standard for particle counter performance, as well as a precise inspection method that broadens the range of tested particle size, thereby contributing to improved cleanliness in various environments.*1: Organization charged with setting various international standards (ISO standards); currently has 162 member states (as of the end of December 2018)*2: Vice-chairperson of WG (Working Group)Post Award InterviewQ1. You’ve spent almost nine years working to develop international standards. What’s your most vivid memory?I remember how busy I was between the time I rst participated as a com-mittee member in the international meeting of ISO and the next meeting. My predecessor, Mr. Kazuo Ichijo, had just passed away in July 2011. The next ISO meeting (in Edinburgh, Scotland) was scheduled for early September, just a month and a half away. I was chosen to be his last-minute replacement to attend the meeting. At the meeting, it was decided that the vice-chairperson, who was British, would be promoted to chairman, and I was to become the new vice-chairperson. Voting on the revision of ISO standards for particle counters stipulated in 2007 had just occurred. It had been decided while Mr. Ichijo was still alive that the revision work was to proceed. And I was responsible for draft-ing the revised standards for the next international meeting, which was to take place six months after my return to Japan. I was new to this; things didn’t go smoothly at rst. In addition, I couldn’t ignore my other duties, which involved new product development. I would come into my ofce very early every day to work on the draft for the standards, then work on developing new products during the day.Q2. What are your thoughts on your future activities?The description of the Award of the Director-General of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau says the award recognizes “individuals who have contributed to the standardization and conformance assessment activities and who are expected to continue their outstanding activ-ities in the future.” I hope to live up to those expectations. Another important task is to give back to Rion what I’ve learned from this activity and to foster the generation of engineers who will come after me.19

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