Nihon Shinbun Kyokai (The Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association)awarded the Encouragement Award for Technology Development to the Iwata UD Font. The award aims at honoring the quality of newspaper production technology in terms of possibilities and is awarded to a manufacturer that has contributed to such development. Iwata is the first award-winning font manufacturer.
The commendation ceremony took place at the grand conference room of Nihon Shinbun Kyokai (Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku on March 14, 2008. President Koichiro Mizuno participated in the ceremony and received a certificate of commendation and a silver medal in front of the representatives of the member companies of Nihon Shinbun Kyokai from all over Japan.