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Diversity Enhances Corporate Competitiveness

2017-03-27

Japan’s newest buzzword for corporate strategy is “diversity management” leveraging untapped human resources.....

METI Minister Joins PM Modi at Indian Investment Summit

2017-03-10

In January 2017, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko, visited Ahmadabad, the largest city in western India’s state of Gujarat.....

Fukushima Today: Progress of Reconstruction

2017-03-06

Nearly six years have passed since a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck the coast of northeastern Japan.....

Japan’s Mascots Promote Green Energy at EXPO 2017 Astana

2017-03-01

The official mascots of EXPO 2005 in Japan will also promote Japan’s contribution to future energy.....

Japan and China Work Together on Energy Conservation

2017-02-20

Representatives from Japan and China met in Beijing to discuss energy conservation and environmental....

Youth Volunteers Revitalizing Hometowns

What is Premium Friday?

2017-02-03

Starting February 24, workers in Japan will have another reason to celebrate the end of the week....

Youth Volunteers Revitalizing Hometowns

Youth Volunteers Revitalizing Hometowns

2017-01-27

Young people in Japan’s regional areas are stepping up to help their towns....

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Deepening Industry-Academia Joint Research

2017-01-19

Broad and open innovation is key to optimizing new technology such as AI and IoT....

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Traditional Japanese Crafts: Beyond Modern Expectations

2016-12-26

When you hear the words “traditional Japanese crafts,” do you think of expensive art objects that exist only on a shelf?....

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A Reservoir of Mineral Resources: Japan-South Africa Cooperation

2016-12-19

In October 2016, Japan hosted a seminar for South African investment, attended by South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources....

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Japan’s First National Cybersecurity Qualification System

2016-12-12

As cyberattacks grow more frequent worldwide, Japan has introduced a new national cybersecurity qualification system....

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Tokyo International Film Festival

2016-11-30

On the sidelines of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), buyers from around the world......

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Competition and Monopoly in Japan’s Digital Market
Smartphone OSs in Japan

2016-11-28

Top smartphone OS providers Apple and Google each have firm holds on the Japanese market......

photo:Discover the Beauty of Japan through METI’s Free Photo Library

Creating New Technologies in Fukushima

2016-11-15

Japan’s newest frontier for cutting-edge R&D may surprise you. Fukushima Prefecture, an area devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.....

photo:Discover the Beauty of Japan through METI’s Free Photo Library

Discover the Beauty of Japan through METI’s Free Photo Library

2016-11-10

How mu ch do you think it costs to license this photo? With the free new PHOTO METI web service from Japan’s Ministry of Economy.....

photo:METI Minister Seko delivering a celebratory speech at Vietnam -Japan University

Vietnam-Japan University Deepens ASEAN Ties

2016-11-04

In September 2016, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry delivered a celebratory speech at the newly-established Vietnam-Japan University in Hanoi.....

Bridge girders under a runway at Haneda Airport

Rare Metals Essential for Japan’s High-Tech Innovations

2016-11-01

The corrosion-resistant titanium plates that extend over the sea underneath Haneda Airport’s Runway D are designed to last for 100 years.....

State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Matsumura watching a signing ceremony

Japan’s Economic Cooperation with Russia

2016-10-13

The short flight from Tokyo to the city of Vladivostok, Russia only takes two and a half hours,.....

State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Matsumura watching a signing ceremony

6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) a Success in Nairobi

2016-10-04

The 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), jointly organized between Japan and its African partners.....

Small camera using a deep learning function

Spotlight on Japan’s Young IT Creators

2016-09-26

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) partners with the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) to organize.....

Omotenashi Standard Certification sign

How to Find the Best Service in Japan

2016-09-15

Have you ever stepped into a shop and been put off by uncleanliness or poor service?.....

ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting

Japan, ASEAN Collaborate for Innovation Network

2016-08-30

On August 6, 2016, Japan’s newly-appointed Minister for Trade, Economy and Industry (METI), Hiroshige Seko, attended.....

Graph of Steel Production in China

Impact of Excess Capacity in China on Global Economy?

2016-08-29

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released its “White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2016,”.....

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Japanese Private-Sector Investment in Africa?

2016-08-22

Promoting Japanese private-sector investment in Africa will be one of the key topics of....

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What Does the Brexit Mean for Japan?

2016-08-09

In a historic referendum, United Kingdom (UK) citizens voted to leave the European Union (EU)......

Picture of a baseball game demonstration seen through AR glass -Sony SmartEyeglass-

Growing Japan into a Sports MVP

2016-08-05

As the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games gets the world cheering......

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Shodo Island Sells Local, Aims Global

2016-07-08

On Japan’s Shodo Island, there is a growing enthusiasm for leveraging the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to export local delicacies internationally......

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“Fiery Ice ” Buried Under Japan’s Seabed

2016-06-30

“Fiery ice” is another name for methane hydrate, a substance confirmed to lie under the seabed around .....

Consumer Protection through DNA Analysis

Consumer Protection through DNA Analysis

2016-06-23

The label on your scarf says “100% Cashmere,” but how do you know it’s true? .....

Picture representing blockchain

What is a Blockchain?

2016-06-14

How does your computer verify a transaction on the internet? Until recently, online .....

Photo: a spoonful of Japanese caviar

Bringing Japanese Caviar to the World

2016-05-18

The embargo on Japanese caviar exports was lifted in September 2015, through joint efforts by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Fisheries Agency (FAJ) to introduce procedures complying with international guidelines. If caviar meets the proper criteria, METI will begin issuing export permits for products of sturgeon aquaculture from areas such as Miyazaki in southern Japan.

Kitakyushu cleans up polluted legacy with green energy

Kitakyushu cleans up polluted legacy with green energy

2016-03-31

Ahead of the G7 Summit on May 26-27 in Ise-Shima, Mie Prefecture, ten ministerial meetings will be held throughout Japan to discuss specific issues, including foreign policy, finance, and energy. Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry will join the Energy Ministers’ Meeting on May 1-2 in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Ground-mounted solar panels

New incentives to popularize renewable energy

2016-03-29

Japan’s Cabinet approved a bill to revise the feed-in tariff (FIT) law(*) on February 9, 2016. Under the FIT system, power companies buy electricity generated from renewable sources, such as solar power, at fixed prices. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been working to revise FIT rules to expand low-cost renewable energy offerings, advance technology and promote sustainable development.

Japan’s aerospace tech blasts off

Japan’s aerospace tech blasts off

2016-02-25

At precisely 3:50 p.m. on November 24, 2015, a Japanese H-IIA rocket blasted off from Tanegashima Space Center into the clear blue sky. The rocket’s missions?to bring a broadcast and telecommunications satellite for Canada’s Telesat into orbit around the earth?was a resounding success.

International businesses flock to Japan

International businesses flock to Japan

2016-02-15

Overseas enterprises have been investing in Japan in record numbers. In recent years, investments increased 31% from 726.5 billion yen in 2013 to 954.8 billion yen in 2014, after a tenfold surge over the previous year. In a survey of more than 200 companies in 2013, Japan was also considered one of the premier location for research and development in Asia.

Saving lives through manufacturing

Saving lives through manufacturing

2016-02-04

Worldwide demand for life-saving medical equipment has doubled in the last decade, creating opportunities for Japan’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to contribute through their world-famous manufacturing technology.

The secret side of Cool Japan

The secret side of Cool Japan

2016-01-27

What does the phrase Cool Japan mean to you? Perhaps it makes you think of anime and Japanese comics, known as manga.

Super-strong wood fiber bears \1tn ($8.5bn) market potential

Super-strong wood fiber bears \1tn ($8.5bn) market potential

2016-01-22

Dating from the 7th century, Horyu Temple (Horyuji) in Nara contains some of the world’s oldest wooden structures. Its enduring strength and resilience come from a fiber within the wood, called cellulose.

World Trade Organization expands IT tariff eliminations

World Trade Organization expands IT tariff eliminations

2016-01-18

Negotiations to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) successfully concluded at the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on December 16, 2015.

6.42 million tons per year! - food loss and waste in Japan

6.42 million tons per year! - food loss and waste in Japan

2016-01-08

An incredible 6.42 million tons of edible food is being thrown away every year in Japan, according to official government data.

Kimonos as everyday wear

Kimonos as everyday wear

2015-12-25

On November 15, kimonos became standard office attire at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in celebration of Kimono Day, part of a new effort to promote Japan’s traditional attire as casual wear.

Bringing down barriers to the movies for 650 million people

Bringing down barriers to the movies for 650 million people

2015-12-17

Alongside the glittering red-carpet movie premiers, the 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) held from October 22-31 also showcased a new “barrier free” technology designed to bring the joys of cinema-going to the visually and hearing impaired.

Debut of new sake smartphone app

Debut of new sake smartphone app

2015-12-15

People around the world are falling in love with Japanese cuisine, triggering an international “sake boom” with exports of Japan’s rice wine almost tripling in the last decade.

Navigating upheaval in the LNG market

Navigating upheaval in the LNG market

2015-12-11

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) accounts for 40% of Japan’s electric power generation. Currently, LNG is shipped to Japan in spherical tanks carried on-board tankers mainly from the Middle East. However, the international LNG market is currently undergoing profound changes.

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