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Progress Made in 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 (January March 2017)

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 January to March 2017.

1. Number of requests submitted by entities

  Number of requests (number of entities)
January-March 2017 April-March, FY2016 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)) 24 (24) (including SMEs: 15 (15)) 96 (101) (including SMEs: 62 (62))
System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests 0 (0) (including SMEs: 0 (0)) 1 (1) (including SMEs: 0 (0)) 11 (16) (including SMEs: 4 (6))
Total 4 (4) (including SMEs: 2 (2)) 25 (25) (including SMEs: 15 (15)) 107 (107) (including SMEs: 66 (68))

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)
January-March 2017 April-March, FY2016 Total number of requests submitted after the enforcement of the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act
System to Remove Gray Zone Areas 6 (6) (including SMEs: 3 (3)) 28 (28) (including SMEs: 18 (18)) 94 (99) (including SMEs: 61 (61)) 2 (2) (including SMEs: 1 (1))
System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests 0 (0) (including SMEs: 0 (0)) 2 (2) (including SMEs: 0 (0)) 11 (16) (including SMEs: 4 (6)) 0 (0) (including SMEs: 0 (0))
Total 6 (6) (including SMEs: 3 (3)) 30 (30) (including SMEs: 18 (18)) 105 (115) (including SMEs: 65 (67)) 2 (2) (including SMEs: 1 (1))

Release date

April 12, 2017

Division in Charge

Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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