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Progress Made in the Regulatory Reform for Individual Enterprises-Results of efforts towards utilizing the System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests and the System to Remove Gray Zone Areas-

On January 20, 2014, the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act came into effect. Under the Act, the Government of Japan created the System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests and the System to Remove the Gray Zone Areas, aiming to encourage entities to start new businesses. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that it compiled the requests and inquiries from individual entities concerning regulations for which METI is responsible.

1. Results of efforts towards utilizing the System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests

In January 2014, METI accepted requests from seven entities concerning the following three matters. In response, the related ministries, agencies and their departments examined and discussed the requests and decided to create new special measures concerning certain regulations for each of the three matters (for details, see Appendix 1 (PDF:173KB) PDF File (in Japanese)):

  1. Introducing an advanced inspection method for inspection of gas containers used in manufacturing semiconductors;
  2. Commercialization of fuel cell forklifts by introducing new models of hydrogen tanks; and
  3. Allowing higher-power electric-motor-assisted bicycles to drive delivery carts on public roads for the purpose of delivering goods.

2. Results of utilizing the System to Remove the Gray Zone Areas

In January 2014, METI received inquiries from three entities concerning the following three matters. In response, the related ministries and agencies examined and discussed the inquiries, leading to responses to each inquiry (for details, see Appendix 2 (PDF:170KB) PDF File (in Japanese)):

  1. Providing exercise instruction for preventing lifestyle-related diseases, including providing information on how to maintain mobility;
  2. Providing health-related information based on simple blood tests and the results of such tests; and
  3. Permitting driverless cars to drive on public roads in cases of emergencies

In addition, concerning items [i] and [ii], which fall under the field of health and longevity, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) and METI will jointly formulate guidelines with a target of the end of FY2014, while keeping an eye on future inquiries, and will discuss the degree to which they will publicize the results of utilizing the System to Remove the Gray Zone Areas.

3. Future schedule

Concerning the System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests, METI will advance the procedures toward creating special measures concerning specific regulations by studying each request, including calling for public input and improving related ministerial ordinances under the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act.

Following this step, entities that wish to use special measures will submit a request to METI for the approval of new business action plans to be presented pursuant to the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act. Once such plans from the entities are studied and approved by ministers in charge of the new proposed businesses, the entities will be able to launch the new business by using the special measures concerning the specific regulations.

4. Reference

The results of efforts towards utilizing the System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests have been publicized from the following departments, based on Article 8, Paragraphs 2 and 5 of the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act:

Information on items [i] and [ii] above:

High Pressure Gas Safety Office, Industrial Safety Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group, METI;

  • Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI
  • Device Industry Strategy Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
  • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Promotion Office, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Department, METI

Information on item [iii] above:

Traffic Planning Division, Traffic Bureau, National Police Agency;

  • Vehicle Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI
  • Cargo Transport Division, Road Transport Bureau, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Release Date

February 26, 2014

Division in Charge

Business Frontier Policy Office, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI

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