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News Releases (in provisional translation)

June 30 (Japanese release dates below)

June 28 The 144th Survey of SME Business Conditions (April-June 2016) Is Released
June 21 Release of the White Paper on International Economy and Trade

June 29 (Japanese release dates below)

June 24 Numerical Value of Japan’s Ratio of Self-development (FY 2015) Released
June 23 The CGS (Corporate Governance System) Study Group Meeting will be Held.

June 28 (Japanese release dates below)

June 24 FY 2015 Enforcement Status of the Home Appliances Recycling Law and Recycling Statistics for Manufacturers and Importers
June 17 First Meeting of the Platform for a Strategic Dialogue on Carbon Markets Takes Place

June 27 (Japanese release dates below)

June 13 The Second Japan-Israel Economic Dialogue was held
June 3 METI Minister Hayashi Visited San Francisco, the United States, to Attend the Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting and the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial

June 24 (Japanese release dates below)

June 24 Schedule change for LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2016
June 23 Fifth Round of the Negotiations for a Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

June 23 (Japanese release dates below)

June 22 Tenth Round of Negotiations (Chief Delegates’ Meetings) on a Free Trade Agreement among Japan, China and the ROK to be Held
June 20 Craft Meet Project Launched

June 22 (Japanese release dates below)

June 17 Announcing Registration of the 600th Regional Collective Trademark “比婆牛(Hiba Beef)”
June 10 METI Started to Receive Proposals on Local IoT Acceleration Labs

June 21 (Japanese release dates below)

June 15 The Second Public-Private Forum on Trade Secrets Has Taken Place!
June 15 A Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) Project Has Been Registered in Viet Nam!
June 13 Announcement of Figures for FY2013 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculated Under the GHG Emissions Accounting, Reporting, and Disclosure System

June 20 (Japanese release dates below)

June 14 Results Compiled of the E-Commerce Market Survey
June 10 User Satisfaction with Examination is Increasing (Results of the FY2015 User Satisfaction Surveys on Examination Quality)

June 16 (Japanese release dates below)

June 14 Interim Report by the Sports Development Council Released
June 13 Winners of the First Nihon Service Award Announced
June 10 Findings of METI’s Study of Recent Trends and Future Estimates Concerning IT Human Resources Released
June 3 Guidelines for Safe Use of Play Facilities on the Premises of Commercial Facilities Compiled

June 15 (Japanese release dates below)

June 9 Announcement of the 2016 Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection
June 9 Release of Companies Selected for the “Competitive IT Strategy SME Selection 100”
May 30 METI Minister Hayashi Held a Meeting with Finance Minister Jaitley of India

June 14 (Japanese release dates below)

June 7 Advisory Committee for Geothermal Resources Development Established
June 2 Recall of Aquarium Thermostat Heaters Sold by Gex. Co., Ltd. (Free Product Inspection and Product Replacement)

June 13 (Japanese release dates below)

June 8 Lowering the Risks associated with Overseas Intellectual Property Disputes
June 6 METI State Minister Takagi Visited France and Austria
June 3 Revision of the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

June 10 (Japanese release dates below)

June 8 Thirteenth Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
June 3 Report on Research for Case Examples concerning the Implementation of Regulations on International Cartel Cases among Overseas Competition Regulatory Authorities Compiled
June 2 Super Creators Certified under the MITOU Program!

June 9 (Japanese release dates below)

June 9 Japan Requested the Establishment of a Panel under the WTO Agreement Regarding the Republic of Korea’s Measure Imposing Anti-Dumping Duties on Valves for Pneumatic Transmission from Japan
June 3 IP5 Offices Agreed on the IP5 Joint Statement in Tokyo 2016 (Tokyo Statement)

June 8 (Japanese release dates below)

June 8 The 2016 Report on Compliance by Major Trading Partners with Trade Agreements (WTO, FTA/EPA and IIA) and the METI Priorities Based on the 2016 Report Released
May 20 METI State Minister Suzuki Attended a Meeting of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade
May 19 ANRE will Host a Peer Review by the OECD/NEA Concerning Japan’s Efforts for Final Disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste

June 7 (Japanese release dates below)

June 1 National Mine Safety Week to be Held from July 1 to 7
May 31 The First Meeting of the Platform for a Strategic Dialogue on Carbon Markets to be Held

June 3 (Japanese release dates below)

May 31 Summer Energy Conservation Measures
May 24 Extension of Period of Anti-Dumping Duty Investigation on Potassium Hydroxide Originating in the Republic of Korea and the People’s Republic of China
May 20 Recall of Ceramic Fan Heaters Imported by Denkyosha Co., Ltd. (Product Replacement)
May 18 The Week from June 10 to 16 is Explosives Safety Week

June 1 (Japanese release dates below)

May 25 IoT Acceleration Lab will hold an event titled the “Second IoT Lab Connection” for Theme-Based Project Organization and Business Collaboration among Companies
May 20 SMEA will Support Regionally -based SMEs in Securing Human Resources

May 31 (Japanese release dates below)

May 31 The Results of a Survey on Blockchain Technologies and Related Services were Compiled

May 30 (Japanese release dates below)

May 25 The Third ASEAN-Japan Public-Private Dialogue on New Industries to be Held
May 24 State Minister Takagi Visited India

May 26 (Japanese release dates below)

May 24 Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order to specify the Enforcement Dates of the Act for Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act (Third Stage)
May 23 The “Expanded Partnership for Quality Infrastructure” initiative directed toward the G7 Ise-Shima Summit Meeting announced
May 17 The Working Group on Distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Compiled a Report

May 25 (Japanese release dates below)

May 20 Craftswomen Symposium Held
May 12 METI State Minister Takagi Visited Europe

May 24 (Japanese release dates below)

May 20 “Public-Private Council for the Promotion of Appropriate Ivory Trade Measures” to Hold First Meeting
May 17 METI State Minister Takagi Visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

May 23 (Japanese release dates below)

May 20 FY 2015 Measures to Promote Manufacturing Technology (White Paper on Manufacturing Industries) Released
May 17 The Cabinet Approved the 2016 Annual Report on Energy (Japan’s Energy White Paper 2016)
May 16 Japan Signed a Cooperation Document with the UAE Space Agency in the Field of Space

May 20 (Japanese release dates below)

May 13 METI Compiled the FY2015 Revised Article-by-Article Explanations of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act
May 2 Handbook for Utilization of Human Resources in SMEs Compiled

May 19(Japanese release dates below)

May 16 IOSCO Issues a Report on the Impact of Storage and Delivery Infrastructure on Commodity Derivatives Market Pricing
May 13 Japan-Argentina Joint Economic Forum Held
May 28 METI Signed a Joint Statement Regarding Japan-Germany Cooperation on IoT/Industrie 4.0
May 28 The Electricity Supply-Demand Verification Subcommittee Has Compiled a Report

May 18 (Japanese release dates below)

May 11 ASEAN-Japan Chemical Safety Database Officially Launched
May 9 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hoshino Visited Ethiopia
April 5 The Requirement for Filing an Application on behalf of the Domestic Industry for the Imposition of an Anti-dumping Duty was Revised

May 17 (Japanese release dates below)

April 28 METI Compiled a Report Titled “Guidebook for Introducing New Stock-based Compensation (“Restricted Stock”) as Board Members’ Compensation to Encourage Companies to Promote Proactive Business Management”
April 27 An Interim Report on the New Industrial Structure Vision was Compiled
April 26 Recall of Pressure Cookers Imported by SIS Co., Ltd. (Product Recall)

May 16 (Japanese release dates below)

May 9 METI Minister Hayashi Visited the Kingdom of Morocco
April 27 Calling for Entrepreneur Applicants for the Start Next Innovator 2016 Initiative (Program for Fostering Global Entrepreneurs)
April 27 Results of the Meetings of the Examination Working Group of the Information Economy Subcommittee were Compiled

May 13 (Japanese release dates below)

April 26 Results of the Demonstration Project for the Introduction of Robots under the FY2014 Supplementary Budget were Compiled
April 25 Successful Reduction of Returned Food and Food Loss through Enhancing and Sharing a Demand Forecast Technique

May 12 (Japanese release dates below)

May 9 Facilitating Patent Granting in Cambodia
May 2 Japan hosted the G7 Kitakyushu Energy Ministerial Meeting
May 2 METI Minister Hayashi Attends the G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa
April 19 Innovative Energy Strategy was Compiled

May 11 (Japanese release dates below)

April 27 Call for Applicants for the Seventh Robot Awards
April 22 2016 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan and 2016 White Paper on Small Enterprises in Japan Released
April 21 METI Compiled a Proposal Titled “Development of a System for Promoting Dialogue between Companies and Shareholders/Investors” Toward Promoting and Expanding Electronic Provision of Materials Related to Shareholder Meetings
April 21 Study Group on Promoting Electronification of Processes for Shareholder Meetings Compiled a Report

May 10 (Japanese release dates below)

May 2 A Report was compiled on the Future Direction of the Active Use of Big Data in the Distribution and Logistics Field
April 22 Enforcement Status of the Basel Convention and its Domestic Laws Concerning Import/Export of Specified Hazardous Wastes in 2015
March 31 Work Teams Committed to the Measures for Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Management were Finalized and will Receive a Certificate of Gratitude
March 11 Work Teams Will Receive a Certificate of Gratitude for their Commitment to the Measures for Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Management in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

May 9 (Japanese release dates below)

May 2 METI Publicized the Strategy for LNG Market Development at the G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting in Kitakyushu
April 22 OECD High-Level Meeting on Steel was Held
April 15 Recall of Electric Heaters (Carbon Heaters) Imported by Sugiyama Spinning and Weaving Co., Ltd. (Product Inspection and Repair)

May 2 (Japanese release dates below)

April 28 Results of Damage Caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Thursday, April 28)
April 18 Announcement of METI’s Efforts regarding Measures for Securing Smooth and Appropriate Transfer of Consumption Tax as of the End of March 2016
April 15 SMEA Announces the Declarations of Support for Regional Specialties (March 2016)

April 28 (Japanese release dates below)

April 27 Results of Damage Caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Wednesday, April 27)
April 26 Results of Damage Caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Tuesday, April 26)
April 21 METI calls for opinions and information on FinTech

April 27 (Japanese release dates below)

April 20 The Study Group on Entities Which Provide Essential Services For Regions Compiled a Report
April 20 Results of the Regional Economic and Industrial Research (January–March 2016)
April 15 First Japanese-led Offshore Seismic Survey Using the Three-dimensional Seismic Survey Vessel Shigen
April 15 FY 2014 Energy Supply and Demand Report (Revised Report) (April 15, 2016)

April 26 (Japanese release dates below)

April 25 Results of Damage Caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Monday, April 25)
April 15 IoT Acceleration Lab Started Calling for New Projects for the Second IoT Lab Selection
April 14 A Strategy Council for Utilization of Benchmarks for Local Companies is to be Established

April 25 (Japanese release dates below)

April 22 Results of Damage Caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Friday, April 22)
April 15 Partial Amendment of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on Issuance of Certificates of Origin Pursuant to the Economic Partnership Agreement adding the Agreement between Japan and Mongolia for an Economic Partnership

April 22 (Japanese release dates below)

April 21 Results of Damage Caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Thursday, April 21)
April 20 Twelfth Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
April 13 METI Exchanged Views with International Payment Brands on Cooperation Toward the Realization of a Safe and Secure Cashless Society

April 21 (Japanese release dates below)

April 20 Results of Damage Caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Wednesday, April 20)
April 13 ANRE and NDF Held the 1st International Forum on the Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

April 20 (Japanese release dates below)

April 19 Results of Damage Caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Tuesday, April 19)
April 8 The Third Meeting of the Japan-China Chemical Industrial Policy Dialogue was Held

April 19 (Japanese release dates below)

April 18 Results of Damage caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Monday, April 18)
April 11 METI Compiled a Survey Report on Business Activities Utilizing Social Media

April 18 (Japanese release dates below)

April 6 Results of the Second Meeting of the Sino-Japanese Distribution and Exchange Dialogue

April 15 (Japanese release dates below)

April 7 Progress Made in Regulatory Reform for Individual Enterprises
April 5 Authorization of Demonstration Tours Using Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices in the Futako-Tamagawa Area: A Plan for New Business Activities under the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act

April 14 (Japanese release dates below)

March 29 JPO Compiles the JPO Status Report 2016

April 13 (Japanese release dates below)

April 5 Steel Demand Prospects for the First Quarter of FY 2016 (April-June 2016)
April 5 Achievement of Target for Reduced Emissions during the First Commitment Period Prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol was Formally Finalized

April 12 (Japanese release dates below)

April 4 Multilingual Guidelines for In-store Signs in the Retail Industry were Developed
March 30 Survey of Factory Location Trends: 2015 Preliminary Report (January–December)

April 11 (Japanese release dates below)

April 1 G7 Kitakyushu Energy Ministerial Meeting (EMM) to be Held
March 29 The 143rd Survey of SME Business Conditions (January–March 2016) Is Released

April 8 (Japanese release dates below)

April 5 Sixteenth Round of Negotiations on the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement
April 5 Determination of Imposition of Provisional Anti-dumping Duties on Potassium Hydroxide Originating in the Republic of Korea and the People's Republic of China
March 29 Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order to Partially Revise the Export Trade Control Order

April 7 (Japanese release dates below)

March 30 METI Releases the Study Group Report “For Realizing a Vigorous ‘Vintage Society’”
March 29 The 143rd Survey of SME Business Conditions (January–March 2016) Is Released

April 6 (Japanese release dates below)

March 28 Japan to Call Global Attention to its Traditional Crafts in Milan, Italy

April 5 (Japanese release dates below)

April 1 The Act on Facilitation of Business Succession Entered into Force Today
March 25 METI Conducts Prior Registration for Business Operators Including Retail Electricity Suppliers (on March 25, 2016)
March 24 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 24 You Could Help a Lot by Just Recycling "Used Paper" and "Glass Bottles" !

April 4 (Japanese release dates below)

March 30 Tenth Round of Negotiations (DG/DDG Meetings) on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) among Japan, China and the ROK
March 29 Review of the End User List

April 1 (Japanese release dates below)

March 22 METI to Start Discussion on New Trends Brought about by Biotechnology
March 22 METI Minister Hayashi Visits Viet Nam

March 30 (Japanese release dates below)

March 24 METI Releases the Report by the Study Group on the Provision of Nursing Care Services in Response to Future Nursing Care Demand
March 23 Compilation of the Road Map for EVs and PHVs toward the Dissemination of Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
March 22 Compilation of the Revised Version of the Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

March 29 (Japanese release dates below)

March 22 METI and JETRO Establish AP Commission for the Public and Private Sectors in India
March 22 METI Compiles the Report of the Study Group on Internal Globalization

March 28 (Japanese release dates below)

March 25 Preliminary Determination Made based on the Results of the Anti-Dumping Duty Investigation on Potassium Hydroxide Originating in the Republic of Korea and the People’s Republic of China
March 22 Recall of Electric Heaters (Carbon Heaters) Imported by YUASA PRIMUS CO., LTD. (Inspection and Repair)
March 18 Settlement of FY 2016 Purchase Prices and FY 2016 Surcharge Rates under the Feed-in Tariff Scheme for Renewable Energy

March 25 (Japanese release dates below)

March 22 The JPO Extensively Reviews and Revises the Trademark Examination Guidelines for the First Time in 45 Years

March 24 (Japanese release dates below)

March 18 The Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order to Specify the Date for Partial Enforcement of the Act for Preparation etc. of Related Acts to Promote Reform for Increasing Independence and Autonomy of Local Communities and the Cabinet Order on the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act for Facilitating New Business Activities of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

March 23 (Japanese release dates below)

March 16 Announcement of the FY 2015 Nadeshiko Brands
March 16 Winners of New Diversity Management Selection 100 in FY 2015
March 15 Winner of Japan Healthcare Business Contest 2016 Grand Prix Selected

March 18 (Japanese release dates below)

March 18 The Fourth Japan- Arab Economic Forum to be held
March 14 SMEA Compiles Guidebook on Overseas Risk Management for Small and Medium Enterprises
March 10 JPO Compiles FY 2015 Survey Report on Losses Caused by Counterfeiting

March 17 (Japanese release dates below)

March 14 Accession to the Patent Law Treaty and the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks

March 16 (Japanese release dates below)

March 15 Japan Requests Consultations with the Republic of Korea Under The WTO Agreement Regarding the Republic of Korea’s Measure Imposing Anti-dumping Duties on Valves for Pneumatic Transmission From Japan
March 14 METI Conducts Prior Registration for Business Operators Including Retail Electricity Suppliers (on March 14, 2016)
March 8 The Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order to Specify the Enforcement Date for the Bill for the Partial Revision of the Act on Facilitation of Succession of Management of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and Other Acts and the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Small Enterprise Mutual Relief Projects Act and the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Independent Administrative Agency for the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan
March 7 METI and the JFTC Revise the Guidelines for Proper Electric Power Trade
March 4 Cabinet Approves the Bill on the Strengthening of the Management of SMEs, etc.

March 14 (Japanese release dates below)

March 4 METI Formulates a Tool for Business Diagnoses Named Benchmarks for Local Companies (“Local Benchmark”)
March 4 METI to Hold the Monodzukuri Exhibition (Manufacturing Exhibition)
March 4 The First NIPPON QUEST Awards have been Selected!
February 29 METI to Hold an International Symposium “Think Together Now about Geological Disposal –Learning from Efforts Made around the World–“

March 11 (Japanese release dates below)

March 4 Release of FY 2014 PRTR Data
March 2 The 23rd Asian Export Control Seminar was Held
March 1 SMEA Announces the Sixth Round of Declarations of Support for Regional Specialties

March 10 (Japanese release dates below)

March 7 METI Conducts Prior Registration for Business Operators Including Retail Electricity Suppliers (on March 7, 2016)
March 7 JPO Compiles a Booklet Titled Regional Brands in JAPAN 2016 - Regional Collective Trademarks
March 2 METI to Hold the FY 2015 Symposium for the Commendation Ceremony for the New Diversity Management Selection 100 and the Announcement of the Nadeshiko Brands
March 1 Public Notice of the Announcement of the Unit Prices to Be Used as the Basis for Calculating Imbalance Rates in Preparation for the Full Liberalization of Entry into the Electricity Retail Market

March 9 (Japanese release dates below)

February 29 Compilation of the Report of the Study Group on the Credit Card Industry and Big Data
February 26 METI Releases the Innovation 100 Committee Report

March 8 (Japanese release dates below)

March 1 METI Formulates the Information Security Management Standards (2016 Revised Version)
February 29 METI Concludes a Memorandum with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
February 19 Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order to Specify the Date of Entry into Force of the Amended Electricity Business Act (3rd Stage) and Other Cabinet Orders

March 4 (Japanese release dates below)

February 26 Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order on the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.
February 25 JPO to Promote Cooperation concerning Classification for Patents and Designs with the USPTO
January 28 ANRE and NDF to Hold the 1st International Forum on the Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

March 3 (Japanese release dates below)

February 24 Announcement of Tax Treatment of Insurance Premiums for Directors’ & Officers’ Liability Insurance

March 2 (Japanese release dates below)

February 26 Announcement of the Winners of the Second Nippon Venture Awards
February 23 METI Conducts Prior Registration for Business Operators Including Retail Electricity Suppliers (on February 23, 2016)

February 29 (Japanese release dates below)

February 23 Compilation of an Action Plan for the Strengthening of Measures for Security in Credit Card Transactions
February 23 Winners Selected for the 2016 Grand Prix for Development of Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons!

February 26 (Japanese release dates below)

February 24 Fifteenth Round of Negotiations on the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

February 25 (Japanese release dates below)

February 22 SMEA Strengthens Financial Support for SMEs and Micro Businesses
February 17 METI Starts Public Calls for Demonstration Projects for Lifestyle improvement Using Personal Health and Medical Information
February 16 March 3rd Is World Wildlife Day

February 24 (Japanese release dates below)

February 15 Winner of the METI Minister’s Award under the Fifth Commendation Program for Supporting Regional Industries (Innovation-Net Award 2016)
February 12 Electricity Market Surveillance Commission and the NCAC Conclude an Agreement for Consumer Protection

February 23 (Japanese release dates below)

February 15 State Minister Takagi Visits India
February 9 Cabinet Decision on the Bill on the Partial Revision of the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electricity Utilities.
February 9 METI to Establish the Study Group on Investment for Sustainable Value Creation

February 22 (Japanese release dates below)

February 15 METI Is to Hold the “New Business Creation Conference & Connect!” and the Commendation Ceremony for the Nippon Venture Awards
February 12 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kitamura Visits the Republic of South Africa
February 12 METI Is to Hold the MITOH Meeting 2016 for the Promotion of the Active Participation of IT Human Resources with Outstanding Abilities!

February 19 (Japanese release dates below)

February 12 Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order to Specify Provisions for Related Cabinet Orders Associated with Enforcement of the Amended Electricity Business Act (2nd Stage)
February 10 METI to Launch Robots for Everyone Project

February 18 (Japanese release dates below)

February 9 Recall of Shelves (for Washstands) Produced by Takara Standard Co., Ltd. (Inspection, Free of Charge and on a Voluntary Basis)
February 5 Signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation with Iran concerning Establishment of a Financing Facility and Iran’s provision of sovereign guarantee

February 17 (Japanese release dates below)

February 10 METI Publishes a Tool That Supports the Provision of Corporate Numbers to Attach to Corporate Information
February 10 METI Is to Collect Information Related to Actual Conditions of Online Businesses
February 5 Cabinet Approved the Amendment Bill to the Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Fund Act

February 15 (Japanese release dates below)

February 8 Recall of Battery Cartridges for Rechargeable Vacuum Cleaners Imported by Iris Ohyama, Inc. (Product Replacement)
February 5 Japan and the Islamic Republic of Iran Sign a Bilateral Investment Agreement

February 12 (Japanese release dates below)

February 8 METI to Build a Network of Japanese Companies Interested in Business in Myanmar × Young Human Resources in the Area
February 5 JPO to Hold Japan-Singapore Intellectual Property Symposium
February 5 Characteristics of Companies in Japan from the Viewpoints of Young Foreign Human Resources Are Revealed
February 5 METI Reviews and Revises the Electricity Supply-Demand Outlook for the Winter of FY 2015

February 10 (Japanese release dates below)

February 10 Eleventh Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
February 8 METI Conducts Prior Registration for Retail Electricity Suppliers (on February 8, 2016)
February 4 Signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement
January 29 Japan Sports Agency and METI to Hold the First Meeting of the Sports Development Council

February 10 (Japanese release dates below)

February 4 METI to Introduce Efforts Made to Advance Business Activities Utilizing Social Media
February 3 DENSAN to Hold Traditional Crafts Exhibition WAZA 2016

February 9 (Japanese release dates below)

February 3 METI Selects Enterprises to Participate in the Program for Dispatching Global Entrepreneurs to the U.S. under the Project for Fostering Global Entrepreneurs
February 1 Traditional Japanese Crafts Will Be Showcased to Gain Publicity at the World’s Largest International Trade Fair for Consumer Goods

February 8 (Japanese release dates below)

January 29 SMEA Announces the Fifth Round of Declarations of Support for Regional Specialties

February 5 (Japanese release dates below)

January 28 Recall of Battery Packs Installed in Laptop Computers Manufactured by Panasonic Corporation (Product Replacement)

February 4 (Japanese release dates below)

February 1 Seminar on Resource Efficiency and the Circular Economy in Japan and the EU to be held
January 29 Formulation of the Guidelines Concerning the Management of the Electricity Retail Business

February 3 (Japanese release dates below)

January 28 Recall of Battery Packs Installed in Laptop Computers Imported by Toshiba Corporation (Product Replacement)
January 26 Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act for Partial Revision of the NEDO Act
January 25 METI and the Fukushima Prefectural Government Conclude an Agreement on the Development and Operation of Robot Testing Fields and the International Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Facilities for Robots under the Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework
January 20 METI has established a Study Group on Technical Issues associated with Geological Disposal in Coastal Areas

February 2 (Japanese release dates below)

January 28 METI Conducts Prior Registration for Retail Electricity Suppliers (on January 28, 2016)
January 25 SMEA Compiles an Export Support Handbook for SMEs
January 25 It Will Become Possible to Certify the Personal Information Protection in Cross-Border Transfer in the APEC Region
January 21 METI and the MIC to Hold Meetings of the Data Distribution Promotion Working Group under the IoT Acceleration Consortium
January 21 METI Announces the Twenty-five Enterprises Selected for the 2016 Health & Productivity Stock Selection!

February 1 (Japanese release dates below)

January 22 State Minister Takagi Visits the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia
January 22 ANRE Conducts FY 2015 Surveys in order to Ascertain Shallow Methane Hydrate Resources

January 29 (Japanese release dates below)

January 26 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hoshino Visits Switzerland
January 20 METI and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) to Hold Meetings of the IoT Security Working Group

January 26 (Japanese release dates below)

January 25 LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2016
January 22 Approval of the Implementation Plan Prepared by iPS Academia Japan, Inc. Based on the Act to Facilitate Technology Transfer from Universities to the Private Sector
January 22 Results of the Regional Economic and Industrial Research (October-December 2015)
January 20 Recall of Electric Fan Heaters (Ceramic Fan Heaters) Imported by Sengoku Works, Ltd. and Sold by Koizumi Seiki Corp. (Product Replacement)
January 14 METI Hold Meetings of the Cross-sectional System Study Group for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

January 25 (Japanese release dates below)

January 22 Review of the End User List

January 22 (Japanese release dates below)

January 15 International Standardization of Method for Identifying Fake Cashmere by DNA Analysis

January 21 (Japanese release dates below)

January 19 The Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order for Enforcing the Amended Patent Act and Other Acts of 2015
January 18 Announcement of METI’s Efforts regarding Measures for Securing Smooth and Appropriate Transfer of Consumption Tax as of the End of December 2015

January 20 (Japanese release dates below)

January 19 Fourth Round of the Negotiations for a Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
January 15 Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order on the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Ordnance Manufacturing Act

January 19 (Japanese release dates below)

January 14 METI Will Start Final Voting to Decide the Annual Awards for Regional Specialties
December 28 METI Formulates the Cybersecurity Management Guidelines

January 18 (Japanese release dates below)

January 18 METI Conducts Prior Registration for Retail Electricity Suppliers (on January 18, 2016)

January 15 (Japanese release dates below)

January 15 Ninth Round of Negotiations (Chief Delegates’ Meetings) on a Free Trade Agreement among Japan, China and the ROK to be Held
January 12 Eighth Japan-India Energy Dialogue is Held in Tokyo

January 12 (Japanese release dates below)

January 12 JPO Improves and Enhances the International Reach and Quality of Information Provided on Industrial Property Rights in Japan

January 8 (Japanese release dates below)

December 25 JPO Strengthens Cooperative Relationship with the Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Commerce in Thailand

January 7 (Japanese release dates below)

December 28 METI Conducts Prior Registration for Retail Electricity Suppliers (on December 28, 2015)
December 28 METI Compiles the Results of a Study on the Circumstances Surrounding the Electricity Business for the Full Liberalization of Entry into the Electricity Retail Market

January 6 (Japanese release dates below)

December 25 Announcement of Typical Cases regarding the Status of Residence of Foreign IT Human Resources and the Points-based System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals
December 22 FY 2015 Patent Contest and Design Patent Contest Award Recipients

January 5 (Japanese release dates below)

December 25 The Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order for Enforcing the Revised Trade Insurance and Investment Act
December 24 METI Signs a New Memorandum of Cooperation on Strengthening Chemical Management with the Ministry of Industry of the Kingdom of Thailand
December 21 METI Establishes the Study Committee on Utilization of the Robot Testing Field and the International Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Facility (Robots)
December 21 METI and the TSE Will Hold a Presentation for the 2016 Health & Productivity Stock Selection
 
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