The government of Japan recently announced that Kazushi Kannondo has been awarded the “Medal with Yellow Ribbon” in recognition of his distinguished services to watchmaking. The award is given to individuals who, through their diligence and perseverance in their professional activities, become public role models.
Since joining Seiko Instruments Inc. in its Morioka facility in 1971, Mr. Kannondo has won recognition on several occasions as one of the most skilled watchmaking specialists including the “Award for Outstanding Skilled Workers” in 2009. Today, he teaches Seiko’s younger watchmakers, handing down his skills and expertise to the next generation of master craftsmen.
Kannondo is the fifth Seiko craftsman to receive the “Medal with Yellow Ribbon”. He joins an exclusive group along with Mamoru Sakurada (2005), Kenji Shiohara (2006), Kiyoshi Terui (2007), and Kazuo Takeoka (2010).