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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Cabinet Decision on the FY2017-FY2020 Comprehensive Physical Distribution Policy Outline

On July 28, 2017, the Cabinet Office approved the FY2017-FY2020 Comprehensive Physical Distribution Policy Outline. This policy outline demonstrates government guidelines for distribution policies and administrative practices to encourage related ministries and agencies to collaboratively promote comprehensive and integral distribution policies.

Overview of the FY2017-FY2020 Comprehensive Physical Distribution Policy Outline

1. Future directions of the policy outline and related efforts

To meet new future needs of consumers for the distribution industry and also to achieve a “robust distribution industry” that sustainably bolsters Japanese economic growth and people’s livelihoods, the government of Japan will promote related efforts focused on six points as below.

  1. Connection - Reform the distribution industry into one that internally creates higher added value and that contributes to making the connections within the entire supply chain more efficient, creating new value. The goal is a shift from competitiveness to cooperative value creation.
  2. Visualization - Make distribution systems financially transparent and efficient, and accomplish working style reforms through these efforts.
  3. Support - Achieve efficient distribution systems by fortifying the capabilities of the various systems, and further integrate hard and soft infrastructures.
  4. Preparation - Establish sustainable distribution systems that are resilient to natural disaster and other risk mitigation, including global environmental issues.
  5. Revolutionary Change - Bring about a “distribution revolution” taking advantage of advanced technologies, e.g., IoT, BD and AI.
  6. Fostering - Secure and develop human resources; raise public awareness of the distribution industry to increase public understanding of the industry.

2. Future framework for promoting advancement

Under this policy outline, the government of Japan has set the goal of FY2020 as the deadline for achieving the plan. Japan should implement specific measures that unite various governmental ministries and bureaus, based on the future directions set under the policy outline. To this end, it will formulate a program for advancing the comprehensive distribution policy and implement a PDCA cycle to control its progress.

Release date

July 28, 2017

Divisions in Charge

  • Logistics Policy Planning Office, Commerce and Service Group, METI
  • Logistics Policy Division, Policy Bureau, MLIT
  • Economic Research, Traffic Survey and Census Office, Planning Division, Road Bureau, MLIT
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