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News Releases (in provisional translation)

January 16 (Japanese release dates below)

January 15 Oral Healthcare Seminar 2018 to be Held
January 4 METI to Hold a Seminar Titled “SIB Seminar: Discussion on the Feasibility of Introducing a Social Impact Bond System to Solve Social Challenges in the Field of Healthcare”
January 4 Japan Healthcare Business Contest 2018 to be Held

January 15 (Japanese release dates below)

December 28 Report Titled “Japan’s Efforts for Encouraging Companies to Integrally Disclose Business Reports, etc. and Securities Reports” Compiled
December 27 Omotenashi Skills Standards Formulated

January 12 (Japanese release dates below)

January 10 First Round of Certification Issued to the Courses on IT-Skill Training to Meet the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
December 25 The 11th Japan-China Energy Conservation and Environment Forum Held(Summary of the Results)

January 11 (Japanese release dates below)

January 5 Recall of Batteries and Battery Chargers for Electrothermal Gloves Imported by Komine Co., Ltd.(Free Product Replacement)
December 27 Quarterly Survey of Overseas Subsidiaries(July-September in 2017)Conducted
December 26 Basic Hydrogen Strategy Determined

January 10 (Japanese release dates below)

December 26 New International Standards Issued for Maturity Model for Assessment and Improvement of Urban Infrastructures
December 25 Steel Demand Prospects for the Fourth Quarter of FY2017(January-March 2018)
December 25 Details of the EU Tariff Rates of Industrial Goods under the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement(EPA)Released
December 21 Silicon Valley D-Lab Project x METI Seminar to be Held

January 9 (Japanese release dates below)

December 25 New Japan-Oriented International Standards Issued for Pedestrian Detection and Collision Mitigation Braking Systems to improve Driving Safety of Vehicles
December 25 Report on the Results of the 2016 Economic Census for Business Activity Concerning the Industries of:Manufacturing, Mining and Quarrying of Stone and Gravel, Construction, School Education and Category A Service-Related Business Compiled

December 28 (Japanese release dates below)

December 15 The Forum for Integrated Corporate Disclosure and ESG Dialogue to be Established

December 27 (Japanese release dates below)

December 21 Experience-based Fair of Advanced Agricultural Technology(Horticultural Facility Use)to be Held
December 20 Mr. Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia, Visits the Russian Federation

December 26 (Japanese release dates below)

December 18 METI Minister Seko Visits the Argentine Republic and the Republic of Paraguay
December 13 Japan, Australia and Singapore co-chair a Ministerial Meeting on Electronic Commerce in the margins of the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference and 70 WTO Members issue a Joint Statement

December 22 (Japanese release dates below)

December 22 Announcement of Policy Measures Titled "Toward Strengthening Quality Assurance Systems for Manufacturing Industries"
December 13 Demonstration Test to be Launched for Evaluation of Unmanned Last-Mile Autonomous Driving in Wajima City to Achieve Mobility Revolution

December 21 (Japanese release dates below)

December 15 Sixth Meeting of the Japan-China Joint IP Working Group and Japan-China Joint Seminar on IPR Enforcement Held

December 20 (Japanese release dates below)

December 20 New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (December 2017)
December 14 New International Standards for Accessible Designs for Packaging and Containers Issued
December 13 The 150th Survey of SME Business Conditions(October-December 2017)Released

December 19 (Japanese release dates below)

December 13 Japan-U.K. Industrial Policy Dialogue Held
December 7 Announcement of Winners of Awards under the Excellent Green Logistics Commendation Program
November 29 First Meeting of the Study Group for Greenhouse gas emissions Reduction Contribution through Global Value Chain to be Held

December 18 (Japanese release dates below)

December 13 Recall of Battery Packs for Laptop Computers Sold by Fujitsu Ltd. (Free Product Replacement)
December 8 Advanced Small Radar Satellite Called "ASNARO-2" to be Launched by the Third Epsilon Launch Vehicle
December 8 Launch Data of the Small Rocket Called "SS-520 No.5" to Change

December 15 (Japanese release dates below)

December 12 New Company for Full-fledged Development of Hydrogen Stations to be Established in the Spring of 2018
December 12 New Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy Vehicles Compiled

December 14 (Japanese release dates below)

December 8 Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for Stipulating the Enforcement Date of the Act for Partial Revision of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.
December 8 The 29th Heads Meeting between the JPO and KIPO, the 17th TRIPO Heads Meeting among the JPO, KIPO and SIPO, and Japan-Korea-China IP Symposium Held

December 13 (Japanese release dates below)

December 13 Japan, US and EU trade ministers meeting took place at WTO MC11
December 6 Recall of Battery Packs for Laptop Computers Manufactured by Panasonic Corporation (Free Product Replacement)

December 12 (Japanese release dates below)

December 6 Second Round of Meetings of the Corporate Governance System (CGS) Study Group Starts
December 6 Meeting of the IoT Security Working Group under the IoT Acceleration Consortium to be Held

December 11 (Japanese release dates below)

December 6 METI Minister Seko Attends the Third Japan-China CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue and Delivers Speech (Outline of the Results)
December 6 Third Industrial Design 5 Forum (ID5) Annual Meeting Held

December 8 (Japanese release dates below)

December 4 Winners of the Eighth Career Education Awards and the Seventh Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion Determined
December 1 Japan-Israel Economic and Innovation Policy Dialogue (EIPD) and Plenary Meeting of the Japan-Israel Innovation Network (JIIN) Held

December 7 (Japanese release dates below)

December 4 First Meeting of the National Smart Monodzukuri Conference Held
December 4 New Institute for Human Resource Development in India Organized by Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. Certified under the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM) Program

December 6 (Japanese release dates below)

December 1 The IoT Acceleration Lab to Hold Event Titled the "Sixth IoT Lab Connection"
December 1 Connected Industries International Symposium Held

December 5 (Japanese release dates below)

December 4 Ministerial meeting of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity Held
December 1 Take a Premium-Friday Trip!

December 4 (Japanese release dates below)

November 30 New Designation of Okuaizu-showa Karamushi Textiles, Chiba Artisan Tools, Tokyo Plain Dyeing, Sanshu Onigawara Crafts, and Etchu-fukuoka Sedge Hats as Traditional Crafts under the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries
November 27 METI and JPO to Start the FY2017 Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign

December 1 (Japanese release dates below)

November 29 Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order for Partial Revision of the Enforcement Act of the Installment Sales Act and the Cabinet Order for Stipulating the Enforcement Date of the Act for Partial Revision of the Installment Sales Act

November 30 (Japanese release dates below)

November 29 Cybersecurity Guidelines for Energy Resource Aggregation Business Revised
November 29 Guidelines for Energy Resource Aggregation Business Formulated

November 29 (Japanese release dates below)

November 27 Logo for IC Credit Card Affiliated Stores Determined
November 14 METI Minister Seko Visits the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the Republic of the Philippines

November 28 (Japanese release dates below)

November 16 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi Visits the Federal Republic of Germany

November 27 (Japanese release dates below)

November 22 The Public-Private Council for the Promotion of Appropriate Ivory Trade Measures Compiled a Follow-up Report

November 24 (Japanese release dates below)

November 21 Japan-Oriented New International Standard for Test Methods for Fibrous Activated Carbon Issued Taking Advantage of ISO Fast Track Procedure System
November 20 Establishment of Study Group for Data Portability
November 16 Japan Makes a Presentation before the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on November 15, 2017, as a Part of the Bid to Host the World Expo 2025 in Osaka, Kansai Region
November 15 Official Telephone Conversation Held between METI Minister Seko and EU Commissioner for Trade Malmström

November 22 (Japanese release dates below)

November 17 Cabinet Decision on the Bill of the Cabinet Order for Partial Revision of the Export Trade Control Order
November 17 FY 2016 Energy Supply and Demand Report (Preliminary Report)
November 17 Winners of the Japan Medical Research and Development Awards Determined

November 21 (Japanese release dates below)

November 17 Winner of the METI Minister’s Award Selected under the 11th Industrial Tourism Town Revitalization Awards Program
November 17 The Nippon Kenko Kaigi Starts Acceptance of Applications for the Large Enterprise Category of the 2018 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program
November 16 Cybersecurity Management Guidelines Revised
November 14 METI State Minister Nishime Visits the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

November 20 (Japanese release dates below)

November 20 New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (November 2017)
November 13 Small Rocket Called "SS-520 No.5" to be Launched

November 17 (Japanese release dates below)

November 13 Study Group for Encouraging Dialogue between Biotech Venture Businesses and Investors to be Established
November 13 IPCC Symposium to be Held

November 16 (Japanese release dates below)

November 10 METI State Minister Muto Attends the 2017 IEA Ministerial Meeting
November 10 METI Holds Trial Ride Event for Experiencing Suppocar and Suppocar S and an Exhibition Booth for Dissemination and Awareness Raising of the Cars at Nagoya Motor Show
November 8 Fourth EU-Japan Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility Held
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