KDDI Corp. was recognized Friday for its female empowerment efforts, while Nissan Motor Co. saw its winning streak come to an end in the latest round of awards aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion in corporate Japan.

The first 2015 J-Win Diversity Award, which honors innovative organizations that find ways to advance women in the workforce, was presented to KDDI by the Japan Women’s Innovative Network, a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization.

KDDI, a provider of mobile phone and Internet services, was once Japan’s sole international telephone company. It was selected from 59 firms competing in both company-wide and individual manager efforts to promote women’s participation in the workplace.

KDDI was recognized for increasing women in management through various efforts including round-table discussions between top executives and female employees.

By introducing the Ladies’ Initiative Program, which focuses on nurturing potential leaders, KDDI managed to appoint 58 women to managerial positions out of the 80 who had participated in the program since fiscal 2012.

The prize confirmed KDDI’s commitment to promoting women’s participation in Japan’s male-dominated society. The company also won recognition as a so-called Nadeshiko Brand in 2013 and 2014 for its support of women.

The program is a joint effort by the industry ministry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange and recognizes active career support for women, who are believed essential to improving Japan’s global competitiveness.

Sonpo Japan Insurance Inc., which introduced mentoring programs for women, won second prize for organizing training sessions for top management and introducing a one-on-one guidance system for female sales agents where managers act as mentors to women who want to take their careers to the next level.

Retailer Aeon Co., which aims to have an equal number of male and female workers in managerial positions by 2020, took the Basic Achievement Award, given to companies whose efforts are expected to bear fruit in the future.

J-Win recognized Aeon’s commitment to creating a positive working environment where women can balance work and private life, and for its efforts to involve employees in company-wide undertakings.

The awards were the eighth presented by the Japan Women’s Innovative Network.

Individuals were also recognized for their contributions to promoting diversity values and urging women to demonstrate their potential. Executives of The Chiba Bank Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. won two separate awards in this category.

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