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Progress Made in the Regulatory Reform for Individual Enterprises–Results of efforts to utilize the System to Remove Gray Zone Areas and the System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests (October–December 2014)–

Concerning the System to Remove Gray Zone Areas and the System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests under the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that it has compiled the results of requests submitted by entities from October to December 2014.

1. Number of requests submitted by entities

Number of requests (number of entities)
October-December 2014 FY2014 (April- December) Total number of requests submitted after the enforcement of the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act
System to Remove Gray Zone Areas 6 (7) (including SMEs: 4 (4)) 19 (21) (including SMEs: 12 (12)) 25 (27) (including SMEs: 14 (14))
System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests 1 (1) (including SMEs: 1 (1)) 3 (3) (including SMEs: 1 (1)) 7 (11) (including SMEs: 3 (5))
Total 7 (8) (including SMEs: 5 (5)) 22 (24) (including SMEs: 13 (13)) 32 (38) (including SMEs: 17 (19))

2. Progress in examination of the requests

Number of requests for which entities have been notified of results (number of entities) Number of requests still under examination (number of entities)
October-December 2014 FY2014 (April-December) Total number of requests submitted after the enforcement of the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act
System to Remove Gray Zone Areas 4 (4) (including SMEs: 2 (2)) 15 (16) (including SMEs: 9 (9)) 21 (22) (including SMEs: 11 (11)) 4 (5) (including SMEs: 3 (3))
System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests 1 (1) (including SMEs: 0 (0)) 2 (2) (including SMEs: 0 (0)) 6 (10) (including SMEs: 2 (4)) 1 (1) (including SMEs: 1 (1))
Total 5 (5) (including SMEs: 2 (2)) 17 (18) (including SMEs: 9 (9)) 27 (32) (including SMEs: 13 (15)) 5 (6) (including SMEs: 4 (4))

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

January 7, 2015

Division in charge

Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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