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“Dear the companies supported by INCJ”


The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) recently withdrew its request to allocate a portion of the FY2019 Fiscal Budget for Government Investment to Japan .......

Japan’s Emergency Signs Guide Travelers to Safety During Disasters


Natural disasters can strike at any time. When disaster hits, there may be many different ways to seek shelter depending on the situation. But how can you make sure you find the right ......

Preserving the Earth for future generations through innovation


The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) welcomed more than 1,000 experts in the energy and environment sectors, representing ......

World’s first ministerial meeting on a future “Hydrogen Society” held in Japan


Hydrogen stations may soon be as common as gas stations in Japan. In place of CO2-emitting fossil fuels, Japan sees hydrogen fuel as the key to de-carbonizing ......

Japan Promotes Electrified Vehicle (xEV) Strategy ahead of 2050


By 2050, every vehicle produced by Japanese automakers will be electrified. These electrified vehicles (xEVs) includes battery electric vehicles, plug in-hybrid electric vehicles,......


Japan Advocates for a Flexible, Highly-Transparent LNG Market


Japan is the world’s largest consumer of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In 2012, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)......


Fashion Tech for Better Style and Quality of Life


Consumers’ lifestyles and values are changing, and goods and services providers must adapt to meet their needs. ......


Data Privacy in the Age of Smart Cars and Appliances


We live in the age of IoT, where more and more of the tools we use every day are connected online, from cars and home appliances to medical equipment. ......


【Globalizing Business in Japan】Keys for Successful Business Development of Overseas Companies in Japan - JETRO supports overseas companies in expanding direct investment in Japan


A growing number of overseas companies have been thinking about business development in Japan, with its positive economic prospects and attractive market. With overseas companies’ ......


【Globalizing Business in Japan】Enhancing Measures to Attract Global Talent -Establishment of Japanese “Green Card” for Highly-skilled Foreign Professionals


Companies, whether they are domestic or global companies, can best enhance their competitiveness by obtaining new human resources from far and wide. ......


【Globalizing Business in Japan】Why is it Important Now? -A Drone Development Venture Attracting Talent from Around the World


In-bound consumption,” or consumption by foreign tourists, is very brisk in Japan. In 2017, the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan grew 19.3% ......


Tokyo International Film Festival Showcases Japan’s Collaborative Media Evolution


The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) welcomed filmmakers and critics from around the world to the heart of Japan’s capital from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, 2017......


Diversity Enhances Corporate Competitiveness


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


METI Minister Joins PM Modi at Indian Investment Summit


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


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


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


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

Youth Volunteers Revitalizing Hometowns

What is Premium Friday?


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


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

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Deepening Industry-Academia Joint Research


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


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

photo:Investment Promotion Seminar for the Republic of South Africa

A Reservoir of Mineral Resources: Japan-South Africa Cooperation


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


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

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Tokyo International Film Festival


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

photo:Share of smartphone OS in Japan

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


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


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


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.....

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Vietnam-Japan University Deepens ASEAN Ties


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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?


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

Picture of a Opinion Exchange Meeting

What Does the Brexit Mean for Japan?


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


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


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


“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


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

Picture representing blockchain

What is a Blockchain?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.