JTCA makes recognition of excellent manuals and other product information and contribute to the development of technical communicators' productive skills and evaluation criteria. The awards are selected according to the Japan Manual Awards Charter and announced at TC symposium. The objects of the award are only Japanese manuals.
The Japan Manual Contest is held based on the Manual Contest Charter for the following purposes.
- To improve and promote manual evaluation methods by continuing and maintaining a manual contest for the purpose of raising manual quality
- To utilize information obtained from manual contests in order to create manual evaluation guidelines and revise them in line with the changing times
- To develop a highly reliable manual contest with judging that is satisfactory to both manual producers and users
- To honor people involved in producing outstanding manuals