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Bimonthly PR Magazine “METI Journal” Shifts to Daily Journal

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has changed the release schedule for a series of electronic public relations magazines titled the “METI Journal”, from a bimonthly release to a business day-based schedule.* METI will release a new journal on a daily basis, based on a monthly theme including statistical information.

*Along with this remodel, our English web magazine “METI Journal” will cease its publication.

1. Articles in the new METI Journal

  1. Monthly “Policy Spotlight”: Article series consisting of ten stories
  2. “Key Stats”: Reader-friendly analysis and explanation of the day’s topics selected based on a variety of statistical data, focusing on changes in industrial trends, the economy and society.
  3. “Quick Reads”: Explanation of key points of the latest policy trends, compiled into a column that is easily readable in 60 seconds.
  4. “Official Snapshots”: A photo gallery of the Minister’s activities

2. Business day-based release on the METI media website exclusively for the journal

Through a competitive tendering in February 2017, METI selected Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd., a news company, as the official editor of the journal. In cooperation with the company, METI will edit and release the journal.

The journal will be released in a format optimized for smartphones. METI expects that more people will gain access to the journal with this format.

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METI-Journal外部リンク(in Japanese)

3. Monthly “Policy Spotlight” in the June issue, the first feature of the new journal

METI will provide a series of articles focused on the connected industries policy in the Policy Spotlight section in the June issue of the journal.

The term “connected industries” refers to industrial communities in which new value added is created through the implementation of IoT where all devices and items are connected via the Internet.

Topics of the June issue
  • Industries Starting to Move #1
    Smart Monodzukuri as a Vital Industry for Japan
    People x Machines x Systems
  • Revitalizing Japanese Companies - Interview
    Mr. Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman of the Board and Representative Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Industries Starting to Move #2
    Autonomous Driving Systems as a Dynamo to Redefining the Relationship between Individuals, Cars and Society
  • Challenges in Achieving a Connected Industries Economy
    Disseminating the Policy to SMEs, a Foundation Bolstering Japan; Approaches to Building on Strengths
  • Industries Starting to Move #3
    Road to 2020: Robot Nation as a Key to Solving Societal Challenges
  • Challenges in Achieving a Connected Industries Economy
    Cyber Security, Intellectual Property/Standardization
  • Industries Starting to Move #4
    Biotechnology and Healthcare Bringing About Innovations in Industries and People’s Everyday Lives
  • Challenges in Achieving a Connected Industries Economy
    Human Resource Development: What Should We Do?
  • Industries Starting to Move #5
    New Data Driven Consumer Economy
  • Interview with Mr. Kazuhiko Toyama
    Title: Connected Industries: Creating Patterns Through Which Japan Wins in Global Markets

Release date

June 15, 2017

Division in Charge

Public Relations Office, Minister’s Secretariat

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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