Tokyo, June 12, 2020 — Dentsu Public Relations Inc., along with Dentsu Inc. (Dentsu), has won awards for three innovative campaigns at PR Awards Asia 2020, a prestigious industry event jointly hosted by Haymarket Media Group marketing publications PRWeek Asia and Campaign Asia.

The winners were the SAVE LIONS Project (Gold, Environmental category), conducted for top-flight Japanese baseball team Seibu Lions, Saving Laundry from Zombie Odors (Gold, Consumer Launch category), conducted for consumer goods manufacturer Lion Corporation, and Connecting KIDS (Silver, Japan/Korea PR Campaign of the Year), conducted for environmental organizations Kiko Network and Climate Action Network Japan.

For this year’s PR Awards Asia, a panel of 57 experts selected from companies and agencies across the Asia-Pacific region decided the winning entries. Launched in 2001, the awards recognize and celebrate the best communication strategies and achievements that have transformed businesses and brands in the region during the previous year.

Commenting on Dentsu Public Relations Inc.’s success at this year’s awards, Masahiro Makiguchi, president and CEO of Dentsu Public Relations Inc., observed, “We are honored that our campaigns were recognized as among the best in the region in their categories, especially as two of the three had environmental and conservation themes.”


Winning Campaigns


SAVE LIONS Project by Seibu Lions











Client: Seibu Lions
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Category: Environmental (Gold)

Lions are still the kings of the African jungle, but they are a species under threat, with a wild population that has fallen by 80% over the last century. To meet this threat to its beloved team mascot, professional baseball team the Seibu Lions launched a project for their 70th anniversary season which channeled fans’ love of baseball into wildlife conservation efforts. The initiative began by cleverly restyling the team as the “Save Lions” (playing on the identical pronunciation of “save” and “Seibu” in Japanese), a hook that proved irresistible to fans and media alike. During the season, each time a player hit a home run the Seibu Lions donated money to the lion conservation activities of Oxford University’s prestigious Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. The team also reached out globally to secure additional project members, with more than ten companies and organizations joining the Save Lions conservation league in its first year – including several other sports teams also named after lions.


Saving Laundry from Zombie Odors

Client: Lion Corporation
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Category: Consumer Launch (Gold)

Aiming to expand its share in the liquid detergent market, Lion Corporation developed Top Clear Liquid Antibacterial, a new product that tackles the major laundry odor issues consumers face. But the company still needed a powerful message to differentiate itself in the highly commoditized detergent and odor care market. The resulting campaign sparked dialogue by reframing the most common laundry odor nightmares – including the nose-wrinkling smells that can develop when clothes are dried indoors or are not dried immediately after washing – as ‘zombie’ odors. This spooky name was inspired by research showing that these smells keep coming back to haunt consumers and are easily transferred to other garments. A multifaceted, on- and offline approach was used to forge a link in consumers’ minds between zombie odors and Lion Corporation, with strategies that included releasing buzz-worthy creative corporate content and leveraging KOLs from multiple companies to drive education from a scientific angle. Despite the lack of a TV commercial, consumers embraced the concept as an accurate portrayal of their own discouraging experiences with smelly laundry, helping to spread the story on social media and leading to coverage on 11 TV programs. The campaign’s success won Lion a bigger market share and established Top Clear Liquid Antibacterial as the go-to detergent for combatting ‘zombie’ odors.


Connecting KIDS

Client: Kiko Network/CAN Japan
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Category: Japan/Korea PR Campaign of the Year (Silver)

When considering how best to mark the 20th anniversary of its founding, Japanese NGO Kiko Network noted that while there are many environmental NPOs/NGOs around the world, they are each working on their own (sometimes conflicting) agenda. This realization inspired the launch of Teenage Voice 2019, a campaign that sought to create a centralized platform showcasing the messages of youth activists to encourage more proactive collaboration among organizations. The core campaign materials were striking monochrome print ads and OOH posters featuring youth voices, which directed users to an online petition via a barcode. The campaign elicited 30,000 signatures in a week and reached a combined audience of approximately 90 million, with Greenpeace and Conservation International lauding the initiative. This spirit of cooperation coalesced in a Global Climate Strike, which saw 2,800 people take to the streets in Japan – almost unprecedented for a country where such protests struggle to gain traction.


About Dentsu Public Relations Inc.

Since its founding in 1961, Dentsu Public Relations Inc. has served as strategic partner to a diverse range of companies, governmental bodies and other organizations. Some 290 employees provide clients with comprehensive reputation management solutions, creating new value and building advocacy through approaches including data analysis, insight-driven content design, and targeted information delivery. Dentsu Public Relations Inc. was recognized by the Holmes Report as Japan Consultancy of the Year in both 2009 and 2015, and as North Asia PR Consultancy of the Year in 2018.