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News Releases (in provisional translation)

May 26 (Japanese release dates below)

May 19 Third Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intersessional Ministerial Meeting
May 17 Adoption of Japan-ASEAN Joint Statement for Intellectual Property and Agreement on IP Rights Action Plan

May 24 (Japanese release dates below)

May 19 The Minamata Convention enters into force on August 16, 2017
May 19 Private Businesses Start Discussions on New Collaboration for Full-fledged Development of Hydrogen Stations
May 19 Study Group for Policy Issues in the Era of Large-volume Introduction of Renewable Energy Holds its First Meeting
May 19 Roadmap 2017 for Japan-Argentina Cooperation for Enhancement of Trade and Investment Formulated
May 18 Japanese University Starts a Double Degree Program with Overseas University toward the Development of Management Human Resources for the Service Industry
May 18 Guidelines for Collaboration between Business Entities and R&D-based Venture Businesses (First Version) Compiled

May 22 (Japanese release dates below)

May 22 New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (May 2017)
May 17 METI State Minister Matsumura Visits China
May 1 Mr. Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia, Visits the Russian Federation

May 19 (Japanese release dates below)

March 31 The Study Group for the Revitalization of Consumption Economy Markets Based on Consumer Understanding (Consumption Intelligence Study Group) Compiles a Report

May 18 (Japanese release dates below)

May 17 The Week from June 10 to 16 is Explosives Safety Week
May 16 Event titled “MAFF and METI Collaboration Symposium: Innovation Creation through Collaborative R&D for the Utilization of Living Resources, AI and IoT” to be Held
May 8 First Comprehensive Policy Recommendations Concerning FinTech Titled “FinTech Vision” Compiled

May 17 (Japanese release dates below)

May 15 The Sixth Japan-Viet Nam Policy Dialogue on Distribution and Logistics Held
May 8 METI Minister Seko Visits Palestine, the State of Israel and Ukraine

May 15 (Japanese release dates below)

May 10 The IoT Acceleration Lab Will Hold Events Titled the “Fifth IoT Lab Connection” and “HR-Solution Contest”
May 9 Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (COP13) Held
May 9 Quality of Patent Examination for Standards-Related Inventions Improved
May 8 ANRE Confirms the Production of Natural Gas from Methane Hydrate under the Surface of the Seabed
April 21 2017 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan and 2017 White Paper on Small Enterprises in Japan Released

May 11 (Japanese release dates below)

May 8 METI State Minister Takagi Visits the French Republic and the Kingdom of Denmark

May 10 (Japanese release dates below)

May 10 CITES Management Authority of Japan (METI) held a Meeting with CITES Management Authority of China
April 7 2025 World Exposition Assessment Committee Compiles a Report

May 8 (Japanese release dates below)

April 14 The Long-term Climate Change Policy Platform Compiles a Report

May 2 (Japanese release dates below)

May 1 May 10th is Geology Day
April 28 Results of the Regional Economic and Industrial Research (January–March 2017)
April 27 Call for Entrepreneur Applicants for the Start Next Innovator 2017 Initiative (Program for Fostering Global Entrepreneurs)
April 26 METI Formulates Cybersecurity Guidelines for Energy Resource Aggregation Business

May 1 (Japanese release dates below)

April 26 METI Compiles the Results of a Survey on the Current Rate of New Business Registrations and Other Issues Related to University-Oriented Venture Businesses
April 21 Follow-up on the Efforts for Achieving the Process for Dialogue-based Shareholder Meetings
April 18 Declaration of Plan to Introduce 100 Billion Electronic Tags for Products in Convenience Stores Formulated

April 28 (Japanese release dates below)

April 28 LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2017
April 18 METI Formulates “Key Points to Be Noted in Filing a Request for the Special Provisions for an Extension of the Due Date for Filing a Final Return Form of Corporate Tax Payment”

April 27 (Japanese release dates below)

April 24 The Sixth Japan-Viet Nam Policy Dialogue on Distribution and Logistics to be Held
April 21 The Third Meeting of the Japan-Russia Energy Initiative Council Held
April 20 METI Conducts a Survey on the Current State of Companies’ Data-related Management and Contracts for the Promotion of Data Utilization
April 19 Report Compiled by the Intellectual Property System Study Group for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

April 26 (Japanese release dates below)

April 17 Geological Disposal Technology Working Group has compiled a Report Titled “Summary of Requirement and Criteria for Nationwide Map of Scientific Features for Geological Disposal”

April 25 (Japanese release dates below)

April 18 The Cabinet Grants Approval for Japan’s Official Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

April 24 (Japanese release dates below)

April 24 Application to Host the 2025 World Exposition

April 19 (Japanese release dates below)

April 13 FY2015 Energy Supply and Demand Report (Revised Report)
April 12 The Working Group for Studying Supply-Demand Matching of Human Resources Formulates a Report
April 12 METI Minister Seko Holds a Meeting with H.E. Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
April 11 ASEAN Economic Ministers Roadshow Held

April 18 (Japanese release dates below)

April 10 A Research Report on the Current State of Law Enforcement by Competition Authorities in Emerging and Other Countries Compiled
April 10 Second Offshore Methane Hydrate Production Test Begins
April 8 Silicon Valley D-Lab Project x the Machine Parts and Tooling Industries Seminar Held
April 8 Call for Public Comments Starts for a Draft Outline of the Competition Challenges in the World Robot Summit

April 17 (Japanese release dates below)

April 12 METI State Minister Takagi Visits the Italian Republic
April 7 Extension of Ban on Imports from and Exports to North Korea, Pursuant to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act
April 6 Steel Demand Prospects for the First Quarter of FY2017 (April–June 2017)
March 28 Results of the 2016 Basic Survey on the Information and Communications Industry Compiled

April 14 (Japanese release dates below)

April 12 Progress Made in Regulatory Reform for Individual Enterprises
March 31 METI State Minister Takagi Visits the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)
March 28 METI and MIC to Establish a Joint Director-General-Level Team
March 28 Multilingualization of Product Information for Foreign Visitors Will Be Accelerated

April 13 (Japanese release dates below)

April 7 METI State Minister Matsumura Visits the Federal Republic of Germany
March 31 Practical Guidelines for Corporate Governance Systems (CGS Guidelines) Formulated

April 12 (Japanese release dates below)

March 29 Document Titled “Evaluation Forms for Blockchain-based Systems ver. 1.0” Released

April 11 (Japanese release dates below)

April 3 A Commodity Clearing Organization in Japan Becomes Certified to Provide Clearing Services to Financial Institutes or Other Organizations in Europe
April 3 Promotion of Collaboration with the Most Highly Regarded Education Institute to Foster Management Human Resources for the Service Industry
March 31 The Study Group for Ideal Approaches to Model Utilization in the Automobile Industry Releases a Compilation of Discussion Results
March 29 Collection of Information on Robot Utilization Compiled as Contents Communicated to the Public

April 10 (Japanese release dates below)

April 7 Twelfth Round of Negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement among Japan, China and the ROK to be Held
March 30 JPO Status Report 2017 Compiled
March 23 Announcement of the FY2016 Nadeshiko Brands and Semi-Nadeshiko Brands

April 7 (Japanese release dates below)

April 3 Notifications of General Provisions for Contract Gas Manufacturing Service Filed by Gas Manufacturers Accepted
March 31 The 35th Trilateral Heads of Offices Meeting held
March 28 The 147th Survey of SME Business Conditions (January-March 2017) Released
March 22 METI Minister Seko Visited the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic

April 6 (Japanese release dates below)

April 3 METI Vice-Minister Sugawara Visits the People’s Republic of China
March 31 Survey Results of Factory Location Trends in 2016 (Preliminary Report) (January-December)
March 31 Summary of the 2016 Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises (Preliminary Report)

April 5 (Japanese release dates below)

March 23 Report on Discussion Results Concerning Diversity 2.0 Compiled
March 20 METI Minister Seko Concluded the Hannover Declaration
March 20 METI Released a Policy Concept Titled “Connected Industries” as a Goal that Japanese Industries Should Aim for
March 17 Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order to Specify Provisions for Related Cabinet Orders Associated with Enforcement of the Revised Gas Business Act

April 4 (Japanese release dates below)

April 4 A Panel was Established under the WTO Agreement Regarding India's Safeguard Measures on Steel Products
April 3 Japan and Singapore Hold Inaugural Energy Dialogue
March 29 User Satisfaction with Examination Increased
March 24 Change of Current Office Name “Patent Office” under METI Regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry, etc. to “Intellectual Property Office”

April 3 (Japanese release dates below)

March 24 Guidelines for Appropriate Trade Practices in the Gasoline Industry Formulated
March 14 Panel on Business Strategy of Automated Driving Compiled a Report, "Action Plan for realize the Automated Driving"

March 31 (Japanese release dates below)

March 28 The JPO Extensively Reviewed and Revised the Trademark Examination Guidelines under a Two-year Plan
March 27 Power Sector Action Plan for the Philippines Compiled

March 30 (Japanese release dates below)

March 29 Eighteenth Round of Negotiations on the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement
March 27 Handbook of Useful Measures and Tools for Freelancers Published
March 23 Winners of the New Diversity Management Selection 100 Project in FY 2016
March 21 Japan-EU Joint Press Statement on Facilitating the Free Flow of Data Issued

March 29 (Japanese release dates below)

March 17 Actual Situation of Global Warming Countermeasures Commitment by Small and Medium Enterprises Surveyed for the First Time and Results Compiled
March 17 METI Minister Seko Visited the United States

March 28 (Japanese release dates below)

March 21 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nakagawa Visited the Republic of Chile and the Republic of Panama
March 17 Recall of Water Dispensers Imported by Suisosum Co., Ltd. (Free Product Replacement)
March 10 The CGS (Corporate Governance System) Study Group Compiled a Report

March 27 (Japanese release dates below)

March 24 Announcement regarding Launching "Timestamp Token Deposition Service"
March 15 Discussions on Measures for Environmental Control of Ship Fuel Oil to Start under Public-Private Collaboration
March 15 Second Meeting of the Joint Group for Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 was Held
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