Business Award Winners

Every year, at the Ireland Japan Business Awards, our members come together to celebrate major achievements and success stories in the Ireland Japan business community. The event's popularity grows year by year. And it's one of our most eagerly anticipated events.

We are joined by our Patron, the Ambassador of Ireland to Japan, Irish government organisations based in Japan, our Platinum sponsors and our members for an enjoyable dinner and Irish entertainment.

We recognise selected members for significant milestones in their company history, new product launches or any other significant contribution to Ireland Japan business relations.

2018 Award Winners

Company of the Year -Ricoh Company Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year - Alan Fisher from Kyojin Company

Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Enterprise Ireland) - Icon Plc.

2017 Award Winners

Paca Paca Farms

Founded by Harry Sweeney in 2001, Paca Paca Farm is a spacious 550-acre racehorse breeding facility in the hills of the famous Hidaka district of Hokkaido. Paca Paca Farms has bred 3 G1 winners, including the 2012 Japanese Derby winner Deep Brillante. Harry became the first foreigner to own agricultural land in Japan, and the first to hold breeder and owner licenses.

Y Volution Japan Co., Ltd

YVolution manufacture and sell children’s scooters, bikes, and hoverboards and are now sold throughout Japan, including in Toys R Us and Aeon. They have been growing rapidly in Japan thanks to the efforts of Tohyama-san and his team. Yvolution’s success in Japan is largely due to the product quality and his their passion to sell.


C&F Green Energy is a world leading, industry setting, manufacturer of small and medium-sized wind turbines with a mission to make wind energy affordable. C & F Japan, supported by Enterprise Ireland, have achieved significant growth in Japan throughout the last decade. By bringing their affordable wind energy solutions to market.

Celtic Sea Minerals

Celtic Sea Minerals specialise in the research, sustainable processing, sales and distribution of marine algae products into the global animal production industry. A leader in innovative and sustainable animal feed solutions. They bring high-quality animal feed products, sourced from the Atlantic ocean off Ireland, to the Japanese market.

Ward Fish

Ward Fish, of Killybegs, Co. Donegal, was founded in 1998 and has built up a reputation as one of Europe’s leading pelagic processors & suppliers and now exports to customers worldwide, including China, Japan, Russia, Africa & Europe.

Special Lifetime Achievement Award

The Chieftains

Legends of Irish Music, the Chieftains have been touring Japan since 1991. Winners of 6 Grammy's and awarded the title of "Ireland's musical ambassador's" by the Irish Government, the Chieftains have brought Irish music to the whole world.

The IJCC recognised the contribution that the Chieftains have made to strengthen Ireland Japan relations over the last 25 years.

Previous Award Winners

2011 Bio-Medical Research Ltd
Development of the highly innovative product ‘Slendertone Face’

2011 Parc Aviation Ltd.
Exceptional export performance in the Japanese Aviation Services Market

2011 Astellas Pharma Inc.
Contribution to a sustainable environment

2011 Neriki Valve Co., Ltd
Continued commitment to Ireland

2012 Corvil
Innovative Exporter of the Year 2012

2012 THK Co., Ltd.
Continued commitment to Ireland

2012 Fujitsu laboratories
To commemorate the start of their first collaborative research project with Ireland

2013 FEXCO
Innovative Exporter of the Year Award for 2013

2013 Alps Electris Co., Ltd.
Continued commitment to Ireland

2014 Keywords International
The Irish Exporter of the Year to Japan Award

2014 SMBC
The Commitment to Ireland Award

2015 Openet
Success in providing Leading edge Irish Technology in the Japanese Market’

2015 Plankton
Long-Term Commitment to promoting Traditional Irish Music and Dance in Japan

2015 Takeda Pharmaceutical
Long-Term Commitment and Investment in Ireland’

2016 Toyoko Inn Co., Ltd.
Being a major sponsor of Irish Business and Cultural activities in Japan and for celebration 30 years of business

2016 EIRE Systems.K.K.
Celebrating 20 years of bringing Irish IT knowledge and management expertise to the Japanese market

2016 Daon Ltd.
Bringing world leading Irish technology to the Japan market

2016 Cubic Telecom Ltd.
Bringing world leading Irish technology to the Japan market