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News Releases (in provisional translation)

April 23 (Japanese release dates below)

April 18 Recall of Dehumidification-Dryer Apparatuses Imported by Tiger Corporation (Collection of Products and Refund)
April 17 METI Holds Second Meeting of the Japan-Argentina Joint Committee on Promoting Trade and Investment

April 20 (Japanese release dates below)

April 20 New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (April 2018)
April 13 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki Attends Ceremony for Japan-Australia Supply-Chain Project for Brown Coal-Derived Hydrogen
April 13 State Minister Nishime Attends International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting
April 13 METI to Hold Second Meeting of the Sub-working Group for Buildings
April 2 METI to Hold the First Meeting of Working Group 3 - Starting-up Cybersecurity Business
March 23 METI to Hold Second Meeting of Working Group 1 - Systems, Technologies and Standardization
March 13 METI to Hold First Meeting of Working Group 2 - Management, Personnel and International Strategies

April 19 (Japanese release dates below)

April 9 METI Releases Report Compiled by Study Group for Future Supply and Demand of Elderly Nursing Care Systems

April 18 (Japanese release dates below)

April 11 METI Releases Cashless Vision and API Guidelines for Utilization of Credit Card Data
April 9 METI Releases Report of Working Group on Standards of Judgment for Businesses Using Energy in Factories
April 9 METI Releases Report of Working Group on Classification Standards for Thermal Power Generation
April 9 METI Releases Report of Study Group for Establishment of Guidelines for Energy Conservation by Energy Retailers

April 16 (Japanese release dates below)

April 11 JPO Kids Page to be Launched

April 13 (Japanese release dates below)

April 12 Korea's Anti-Dumping Duties on Pneumatic Valves From Japan Inconsistent with WTO Agreement
April 4 METI Compiles Future Policy titled Enrichment of SURIAWASE 2.0 for Automobile Industry

April 12 (Japanese release dates below)

April 5 The 47th Basic Survey on Overseas Business Activities (July 2017 Survey) Conducted
April 3 Japan-Oriented International Standards for Green Building Materials Issued
April 3 JPO Compiles Three IP Content Documents for Vitalization of Venture Ecosystem
March 30 Guidebook for Taking Advantage of Spin-off Approach Compiled

April 11 (Japanese release dates below)

April 2 New International Standards for New Test Method for Performance of Photocatalytic Materials Issued
April 2 The Seventh Joint Committee Meeting of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project Held

April 10 (Japanese release dates below)

April 6 Ninth Round of the Negotiations for a Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

April 9 (Japanese release dates below)

April 6 Steel Demand Prospects for the First Quarter of FY2018 (April-June 2018)
March 30 Guidebook for Utilization of Camera Images Version 2.0 Formulated
March 30 Formulation of Guideline for Quantifying GHG Emission Reduction Contribution
March 29 Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi Attends G7 Innovation Ministerial Meeting
March 29 Preliminary Report of the 2017 Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises (Performance Results Based on the FY2016 Closing Accounts) Compiled

April 6 (Japanese release dates below)

March 30 Study Group for Introduction of ICT into the Field of Nursery Schools and Harmonization of Municipal Procedures, etc. Compiles its Report
March 28 Recall of Laptop Computers Manufactured by Panasonic Corporation (Online Delivery of Countermeasure Software)

April 5 (Japanese release dates below)

March 29 JPO Status Report 2018 Compiled
March 28 Survey Results of Factory Location Trends in FY2017 (Preliminary Report) (January-December)

April 4 (Japanese release dates below)

March 28 Compilation of Report on the Results of the 2016 Economic Census for Business Activity Concerning the Industries of: Wholesale and Retail Trade, Category B Service-Related Business, and Medical, Health Care and Welfare
March 26 Vibrant HABATAKU Small and Medium Enterprises 300 and HABATAKU Shopping Districts 30 Selected
March 23 Basic Test Drilling Project to be Held in the Sea Area Offshore Hidaka, Hokkaido Prefecture
March 23 One-Hundred Hydrogen Stations to Open as a World-leading Initiative

April 3 (Japanese release dates below)

March 29 Study Group for Enhancement of SME Disaster Response Compiles its Interim Report
March 29 Announcement of Information on Events and Efforts in March under the Premium Friday Initiative

April 2 (Japanese release dates below)

March 28 The 151st Survey of SME Business Conditions (January-March 2018) Released
March 27 Results of the 2017 Basic Survey on the Information and Communications Industry
March 26 METI Minister Seko Visits Osaka Prefecture
March 22 Reports of Status of the Occurrence of Acts of Unauthorized Computer Access, and Progress of Research and Development on Technology relating to Access Control Features Are Compiled

March 30 (Japanese release dates below)

March 28 Quarterly Survey of Overseas Subsidiaries (October-December in 2017) Conducted
March 27 Study Group for Japanese Companies’ M&A Overseas Compiles Two Documents
March 26 Japan-India Working Group for Nuclear Energy Cooperation Holds its First Meeting

March 29 (Japanese release dates below)

March 26 Japan-Finland Joint Seminar on Nuclear Energy and Final Disposal to be Held

March 28 (Japanese release dates below)

March 20 Thirteenth Round of Negotiations (Chief Delegates’ Meetings) on a Free Trade Agreement among Japan, China and the ROK to be Held

March 27 (Japanese release dates below)

March 19 Japan, China and the Republic of Korea to Start Joint Campaign Titled “Protect Our Intellectual Property”
March 14 Round Table Conference between Minister Seko and Members of the Study Group for Enhancing Human Resource Capability in Japanese Industries Held to Compile a Report of the Study Group
March 14 Round Table Conference Held between Minister Seko and Businesses Certified in the First Round of Call under the Program for Certifying Re-Skill Courses

March 26 (Japanese release dates below)

March 16 METI and JACDS Formulate the Declaration of Initiatives for Making Drug Stores Smarter
March 15 The WTO First Meeting for the Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce Held

March 23 (Japanese release dates below)

March 9 Results of FY2017 Survey on University-oriented Venture Business Compiled and Operation of Database Thereof Started

March 22 (Japanese release dates below)

March 9 Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of the Partial Revision of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy
March 9 Search Functions for Patent Examiners to be Accessible to the Public
March 7 The Fifth IoT Lab Selection Held
March 6 The 25th Asian Export Control Seminar Held

March 20 (Japanese release dates below)

March 20 New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (March 2018)

March 19 (Japanese release dates below)

March 5 METI Minister Seko Visits Singapore

March 16 (Japanese release dates below)

March 8 Contest for Application Utilizing Data on Shopping Receipts Held
March 8 MITOU Target Starts

March 15 (Japanese release dates below)

March 15 LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2018 to be Held
March 6 Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the Control of Specified Substances and Other Measures
March 6 2018 Declaration for Enhanced Initiatives to Develop Management Human Resources for the Service Industry in Universities and Other Institutes Adopted
March 5 The 36th Trilateral Heads of Offices Meeting Held

March 14 (Japanese release dates below)

March 13 METI to Hold Monodzukuri Exhibition (Manufacturing Exhibition)
March 11 METI Minister Seko Visits the Kingdom of Belgium
March 9 TPP11 Agreement Concluded
March 9 BIE Enquiry Mission Visits Japan
March 5 MITOU KAIGI 2018 to be Held
February 27 The Sub-working Group for Buildings under Working Group 1 (Systems, Technologies and Standardization) of the Study Group for Industrial Cybersecurity to be Held

March 13 (Japanese release dates below)

March 5 Japan H2 Mobility, a Company for Development of Hydrogen Stations, Established

March 9 (Japanese release dates below)

March 2 Implementation Policy for the 2018 Telework Days Campaign Determined
March 2 Air Environment-Friendly SS Certification System Established

March 8 (Japanese release dates below)

March 2 Japan-Germany Industrial Policy Dialogue at Director-General Level Held
March 1 Action Plan 2018 for the Consolidation of Security Measures for Credit Card Transactions Compiled ("Action Plan 2018")
March 1 Video titled "The Next Step - Towards Fukushima's Future, Together" to be Produced
March 1 Announcement of Starting Application of the Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Partnership among Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Japan (AJCEP) between Japan and Indonesia
February 27 Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, etc.

March 7 (Japanese release dates below)

February 28 Two Cybersecurity-related Standards Formulated
February 28 Recall of Hot-Water-Circulation Ventilator-Dryer-Heater Apparatuses for Bathrooms Manufactured by Rinnai Corporation (Free Product Inspection and Parts Replacement)
February 28 Joint Event of Commendation Ceremony of FY2017 New Diversity Management Selection 100 and Announcement of FY2017 Nadeshiko Brands to be Held

March 6 (Japanese release dates below)

March 2 Fourth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Intersessional Ministerial Meeting
February 27 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki Visits the United Mexican States and India
February 27 March 3rd is World Wildlife Day
February 26 Japanese Company Acquires Oil Concession on Offshore Oilfields in Abu Dhabi

March 5 (Japanese release dates below)

February 23 The Round Table Conference of Fashion Industries Policies Compiles Policy Recommendations
February 22 Second Meeting of the Japan-Russia High-Level Working Group for Realizing the Eight-Point Cooperation Plan Held

March 2 (Japanese release dates below)

February 26 WIPO High Level Forum Held to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Japan FIT/IP
February 21 JPO to Expand Japan FIT/IP-based Cooperation with WIPO

March 1 (Japanese release dates below)

February 26 New International Standards for Pictograms for Warm Water Bidet Successfully Registered
February 19 Release of the Results of the FY2017 User Satisfaction Surveys on Examination Quality
February 9 Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act on Special Measures for Productivity Improvement and the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act, etc.

February 28 (Japanese release dates below)

February 23 Announcement of Information on Events and Efforts in February under the Premium Friday Initiative
February 22 Announcement of the Winners of the Fourth Nippon Venture Awards

February 26 (Japanese release dates below)

February 20 Announcement of Organizations Recognized under the 2018 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program
February 20 Announcement of 26 Enterprises Selected for the 2018 Health & Productivity Stock Selection
February 16 METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab to Hold a Joint Event
February 13 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi Visits the Republic of South Africa and the Arab Republic of Egypt

February 23 (Japanese release dates below)

February 16 Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.
February 15 Inauguration ceremony for the Productivity Strategy Platform for SME Services and Other Businesses to be Held
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