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Feb 12, 2019
First Japan-Indonesia Automotive Dialogue Held
Feb 8, 2019
The Cabinet Approves the Bill for the Act on Special Measures Necessary for Preparing for and Managing the International Exposition in 2025
Feb 8, 2019
METI Holds Ad-hoc Meeting on Measures to Encourage SMEs to Accelerate Preparations for Addressing the New Consumption Tax System
Feb 8, 2019
Experiment of Information Sharing System Using Electronic Tags to be Conducted
Feb 8, 2019
Thirteenth Round of the Negotiations for a Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
Feb 7, 2019
Fukushima Mirai Business Networking Event to be Held
Feb 6, 2019
METI to Start a Call for Promotion Plan Proposals that incorporate “Branded Content”
Feb 6, 2019
Development of an International Standard for ECHONET Lite Application Communication Interface (AIF) Specifications to Start
Feb 6, 2019
METI to Hold a Symposium on Climate Change Mitigation
Feb 4, 2019
Announcement of the Winners of the 8th Innovation Net Award 2019
Feb 1, 2019
Carbon Recycling Promotion Office to be Established at ANRE
Feb 1, 2019
Winner of the METI Minister’s Award for Corporate Governance of the Year 2018 Determined
Feb 1, 2019
METI to Call for Case Examples of Leading International Businesses Contributing to Sustainable and Inclusive Growth
Feb 1, 2019
METI Selects Winners of the Wall Newspaper Contest on “Our Daily Lives and Energy”
Jan 31, 2019
Grand Prix Winner of the Japan Healthcare Business Contest 2019 Selected
Jan 31, 2019
Implementation Policy for the 2019 Telework Days Campaign Released
Jan 31, 2019
Release of IAEA Final Report on Fourth Review of Fukushima Decommissioning
Jan 31, 2019
“2019 Health and Productivity Management Award Event” to be Held
Jan 30, 2019
Announcement: Schedule of Explanatory Meetings on the New System for Acceptance of Foreign Human Resources in the Manufacturing Industry
Jan 29, 2019
Enterprises Participating in the HIYAKU Next Enterprise Program Determined
Jan 28, 2019
METI Minister Seko Visits Switzerland
Jan 28, 2019
METI Grants First Approval to Fukuoka City’s Plan for Managing and Supporting Business Startup Activities by Foreign Entrepreneurs
Jan 25, 2019
Future Innovations Working Group to be Launched
Jan 25, 2019
Minister Seko Hosts Informal Meeting of Ministers on WTO E-commerce Initiative
Jan 25, 2019
Results released of Regional Economic and Industrial Research (October-December 2018)
Jan 25, 2019
Fifth EU-Japan Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility Held
Jan 25, 2019
METI to Conduct Drone Demonstration Test for Plant Safety
Jan 24, 2019
7th Meeting of the Japan-China Joint IP Working Group and 2nd Japan-China Joint IP Seminar Held
Jan 24, 2019
Progress Made in Regulatory Reform for Individual Enterprises
Jan 24, 2019
Fifth National Championship of Business Startup Schools to be Held
Jan 24, 2019
We Are Genki Hokkaido: METI to Accelerate Implementation of Project for Supporting Hokkaido
Jan 24, 2019
Information on Events and Efforts in January under the Premium Friday Initiative
Jan 23, 2019
METI Minister Seko Visits the Russian Federation
Jan 23, 2019
Event Titled “Seminar on Global Top Management: Effort for Encouraging Regional Companies to Enter Global Markets” to be Held
Jan 23, 2019
Third Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework Symposium to be Held
Jan 22, 2019
State Minister Isozaki Attends the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019
Jan 22, 2019
Credit Issued in a Project under the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) with Lao PDR
Jan 21, 2019
METI Holds Explanatory Meeting on the New System for Acceptance of Foreign Human Resources in the Manufacturing Industry
Jan 21, 2019
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (January 2019)
Jan 18, 2019
Clean Ocean Material Alliance Established
Jan 18, 2019
Second Satellite Data Analysis Contest “Tellus Satellite Challenge” to be Held
Jan 18, 2019
METI Designates February 2019 as “Smart Mobility Promotion Month”
Jan 18, 2019
METI to Hold “Regional Business Conference in Ibaraki”
Jan 17, 2019
METI Revises Requirements under the Omotenashi Standard Certification System
Jan 17, 2019
Health is Wealth: METI and the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel Sign a Memorandum of Cooperation in the Field of Digital Health
Jan 17, 2019
METI Minister Seko Visits the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel
Jan 17, 2019
Third Round of Certification Issued for the Courses on IT-Skill Training to Meet the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Jan 16, 2019
Oral Healthcare Seminar 2019 to be Held
Jan 16, 2019
METI to Hold Japan Healthcare Business Contest 2019
Jan 16, 2019
Expansion of the Patent Prosecution Highway between Japan and Brazil
Jan 15, 2019
Guidelines for Proper Gas Trade Revised
Jan 15, 2019
METI State Minister Isozaki Signed Agreement with The Boeing Company on Cooperation in Aircraft Technology
Jan 15, 2019
Seminar to be Held for Improvement of Working Conditions and Reducing Overtime Work through Cooperation between Consignors and Transportation Businesses
Jan 15, 2019
Aggregated Results of the FY2017 Calculated Amount of Leaked Fluorocarbons under the System for Reporting and Publicizing the Calculated Amount of Leaked Fluorocarbons
Jan 15, 2019
Workshop Titled “Front Line of Companies in the Kansai Region” to be Held in Tokyo
Jan 15, 2019
Standard Specifications Adopted for Digital Shopping Receipts
Jan 11, 2019
METI Launches Study Group for Human Resource Management toward Enhanced Competitiveness
Jan 10, 2019
METI Generates Report on Ideal Approaches that Small- and Mid-Cap Companies should Take in their Information Disclosure and Dialogues with Investors
Jan 10, 2019
METI Minister Seko Visits the United States
Jan 10, 2019
METI Promotes Parking Lot Sharing among Convenience Store Chains for their Distribution Vehicles
Jan 10, 2019
NEXI and the Ministry of Finance, the Republic of Angola, Signed a Letter Agreement Witnessed by METI State Minister Seki
Jan 9, 2019
METI Revises “Promotion Standards” under Article 3 (1) of the Act on the Promotion of Subcontracting Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Jan 9, 2019
Invitation for Public Comments on the Draft Cyber/Physical Security Framework
Jan 8, 2019
Embarking on Demonstration Tests of Autonomous Driving System using Driverless Trucks in Caravan to Travel on Public Expressways
Jan 7, 2019
ISO Approved the Establishment of a Technical Committee for International Standardization for the Sharing Economy in Response to Japan’s Proposal
Jan 7, 2019
Final Report of Workshops on Key Drivers to promote the liquidity, Flexibility and Transparency of the Global Liquefied Natural Gas Market Released
Dec 28, 2018
Release of Report titled “Measures for Supporting Efforts for Encouraging Companies to Integrally Disclose Business Reports, etc. and Securities Reports”
Dec 28, 2018
New System for Encouraging Foreign Entrepreneurs to Smoothly Start Business
Dec 28, 2018
METI to Convene Study Group for Measures for Preventing Unauthorized Use of Credit Card Information Wrongly Leaked during QR Payment
Dec 28, 2018
Cabinet Decision on the Relevant Cabinet Orders for the Partial Enforcement of the Act of Partial Revision of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, etc.
Dec 28, 2018
Solicitation of opinions/information on fair M&A
Dec 27, 2018
Partial Revision of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Electricity Business Act
Dec 27, 2018
Guidelines Concerning the Management of the Electricity Retail Business Revised
Dec 27, 2018
Blockchain Hackathon to be Held on the Subjects of Academic Degrees, Courses and Career Certifications as well as Management of Research Data
Dec 27, 2018
METI to Hold Explanatory Meeting on New System for Acceptance of Foreign Human Resources in the Manufacturing Industry
Dec 27, 2018
Steel Demand Prospects for the Fourth Quarter of FY2018 (January-March 2019)
Dec 27, 2018
Information on Events and Efforts in December under the Premium Friday Initiative
Dec 26, 2018
First Approval of Demonstration Plan under the Regulatory Sandbox Scheme
Dec 26, 2018
Third Meeting of Joint Team for Promoting Exports of Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products and Foods Held
Dec 26, 2018
METI Releases Results of the Quarterly Survey of Overseas Subsidiaries (July - September 2018)
Dec 25, 2018
METI Formulates TCFD Guidance and Declares its Support for TCFD
Dec 25, 2018
FY2017 Reports on Storage of Mercury, etc. and Management of Mercury-Containing Recyclable Resources based on the Mercury Pollution Prevention Act
Dec 25, 2018
Announcement of Winners for the FY2018 Patent Contest and Design Patent Contest
Dec 25, 2018
Cabinet Decision on the Field-based Operation Policies toward Accepting Foreign Human Resources in Three Sectors in the Manufacturing Industry
Dec 25, 2018
METI to Expand Coverage of Subsidies for SMEs to Address New Consumption Tax System
Dec 25, 2018
METI and JETRO Embark on New Portal Website “Open for Professionals”
Dec 21, 2018
Release of Results of FY2018 Follow-up Survey on the Progress in the Voluntary-based Action Plans of the Industries and Results of Door-to-door Survey by Inspectors who Monitor Subcontracting Business
Dec 20, 2018
Caution! Growing Number of Consumers Facing Problems concerning Telephone Solicitation for Switching Electricity Retailers
Dec 20, 2018
Roadmap toward Air Mobility Revolution Formulated
Dec 20, 2018
New Japan-Oriented International Standards Issued for Assessment of Performance of Fiber Ropes Used for Large Oil Tankers, Electronic Equipment and Others
Dec 20, 2018
Guidelines for Multilingualization in the Retail Sales Industry Released
Dec 20, 2018
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (December 2018)
Dec 19, 2018
Portal Website Titled “IP Knowledge Base for Startups” Opens
Dec 19, 2018
Rules of Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) of Japanese ODA Loans Improved
Dec 19, 2018
Minister Seko Holds Meeting with Mr. Maksim Stanislavovich Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development and Special Representative for Trade and Economic Cooperation with Japan of Russia
Dec 19, 2018
The WTO Ninth Meeting for Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce Held
Dec 18, 2018
Fundamental Principles for Rule Making to Address the Rise of Platform Businesses Formulated
Dec 18, 2018
Announcement of Winners of the Contest for Female Entrepreneurs Support Efforts
Dec 17, 2018
New Japan-oriented ISO Standard Issued for Equivalence Validation for Product Data
Dec 17, 2018
Demonstration Experiment on Sale of Non-fossil fuel energy certificates with Tracking Information
Dec 17, 2018
Second Japan-U.K. Industrial Policy Dialogue Held
Dec 17, 2018
Ninth Japan-Mongolia Government and Business Sector Joint Committee Held
Dec 17, 2018
Series of Events for Promoting Utilization of Intellectual Property Rights in Fukushima to be Held
Dec 17, 2018
Twelfth Round of the Negotiations for a Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
Dec 14, 2018
Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order to Partially Amend the Export Trade Control Order
Dec 14, 2018
Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity Meeting Held
Dec 14, 2018
WTO Appellate Body Concludes Certain Measures concerning Discriminatory Taxation and Charges by Brazil are Inconsistent with the WTO Agreements
Dec 13, 2018
Finals of General Election for Outstanding Regional Brands in the Tokai and Hokuriku Region Held
Dec 13, 2018
The 154th Survey of SME Business Conditions (October-December 2018) Released
Dec 12, 2018
METI Releases Interim Report of the Study Group for the Improvement of the Trade Environment Involving Digital Platform Businesses
Dec 12, 2018
Guidelines for Promotion of Digital Transformations Formulated
Dec 12, 2018
METI to hold Events Titled “DX Days 2019”
Dec 12, 2018
METI Minister Seko Holds Meeting with Adviser Dawood of Pakistan
Dec 10, 2018
METI Holds the 6th Japan-Russia Meeting Concerning SME Cooperation
Dec 10, 2018
Discussions to Begin on Development of Standards for Maintenance and Management of Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities
Dec 7, 2018
Announcement of Winners of Awards under the Excellent Green Logistics Commendation Program
Dec 7, 2018
Winners of the 9th Career Education Awards and the 8th Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion Selected
Dec 7, 2018
Call for Information on Technologies for Computer-Access Control Functions
Dec 6, 2018
The 8th Trilateral EU-US-Japan Conference on Critical Materials Held
Dec 5, 2018
New Measures on Non-operation of Approved Facilities for Photovoltaic Power Generation under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Scheme Determined
Dec 5, 2018
Commendation Ceremony for Winners of the Contest for Female Entrepreneurs Support Efforts to be Held
Dec 4, 2018
International Workshop on Deepening Comprehension on Safety Case on Deep Geological Repository (DGR) and Public Confidence on Japan’s DGR Programme Held
Dec 4, 2018
METI Minister Seko Visits Argentina
Dec 3, 2018
The IoT Acceleration Lab Will Hold the “Eighth IoT Lab Connection”
Dec 3, 2018
IOSCO Releases Report on Update to Survey on the Principles for the Regulation and Supervision of Commodity Derivatives Markets (Third Review)
Dec 3, 2018
The 14th Round of Negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement among Japan, China and the ROK to be Held
Nov 30, 2018
METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa Attends IEA CCUS Summit
Nov 30, 2018
Results of Aggregated Number of SMEs and Small Enterprises Released (as of June 2016)
Nov 30, 2018
The WTO Eighth Meeting for Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce Held
Nov 29, 2018
Asia Pacific Energy Regulatory Forum Meeting 2018 Held
Nov 29, 2018
Information on Events and Efforts in November under the Premium Friday Initiative
Nov 27, 2018
JPO Starts FY2018 Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign
Nov 27, 2018
Cabinet Decision on the Relevant Cabinet Orders for the Enforcement of the Act of the Partial Revision of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy
Nov 27, 2018
Cabinet Decision on the Basic Policy for the Act on the Rational Use of Energy
Nov 27, 2018
Japan and Malaysia Sign Memorandum of Cooperation on Halal Cooperation
Nov 27, 2018
Japan Signs Participation Contract of Expo Dubai 2020, UAE
Nov 26, 2018
METI Minister Seko Attends APEC Ministerial Meeting
Nov 26, 2018
The 12th Japan-China Energy Conservation and Environment Forum Held (Summary of the Results)
Nov 26, 2018
Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) Held
Nov 23, 2018
Japan Elected Host Country of World Expo 2025
Nov 23, 2018
METI Minister Seko Holds a Meeting with Minister Le Maire, France
Nov 22, 2018
METI to Launch SDG Management / ESG Investment Study Group
Nov 20, 2018
Clean Ocean Material Alliance to be Established
Nov 20, 2018
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (November 2018)
Nov 20, 2018
Teams Selected for the Finals of the General Election for Outstanding Regional Brands in the Tokai and Hokuriku Region
Nov 20, 2018
Official Telephone Conversation Held between METI Minister Seko and Minister Le Maire, France
Nov 20, 2018
METI to Showcase Award-winning Machine Parts and Tooling Technology in Lobby of METI Main Building
Nov 19, 2018
METI Minister Seko Visits the Republic of Singapore
Nov 19, 2018
METI Minister Seko Visits Australia
Nov 17, 2018
APEC Guidebook on Quality of Infrastructure Development and Investment Revised
Nov 16, 2018
Premium-Friday University to Open
Nov 15, 2018
Call for Applicants for the Eighth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards
Nov 15, 2018
FY2017 Energy Supply and Demand Report (Preliminary Report)
Nov 14, 2018
METI State Minister Seki Visits the United Arab Emirates
Nov 14, 2018
METI Minister Seko Attends RCEP Ministerial Meeting
Nov 14, 2018
New Demonstration Test of Remote Control of Driverless Last-Mile Autonomous Driving to Start
Nov 13, 2018
Japan and the United States Announce Memorandum of Cooperation Concerning Research and Development and Industrial Cooperation in the Nuclear Energy Sector
Nov 13, 2018
METI Receives Preliminary Summary Report from IAEA Review Mission
Nov 13, 2018
METI to Start “Hashiwatashi” Project
Nov 12, 2018
Japan and Thailand Hold Government-Private Workshop on Clean Energy Technology
Nov 12, 2018
METI to Hold First AI Edge Contest