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News Releases (in provisional translation)

July 24 (Japanese release dates below)

July 13 Joint Study Group for Promoting the Utilization of Ligneous Biomass Compiles a Report
July 13 Mr. Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia, Visits the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Belgium

July 21 (Japanese release dates below)

July 6 Second Round Table Conference on Connected Industries Held between METI Minister Seko and Top Company Executives in Related Industries
July 6 METI State Minister Matsumura Visits Mongolia
June 28 The 18th Vice-Minister-Level Regular Consultation Held between METI and MOFCOM
June 19 “Connected Industries” Symposium Held

July 20 (Japanese release dates below)

July 20 New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (July 2017)

July 19 (Japanese release dates below)

July 10 METI Compiles a Collection of Case Examples Concerning the Conclusion of Agreements on Consolidation or Merger Among Businesses Working at the Same Petrochemical Complex Sites
July 10 Call for Applicants for the New Diversity Management Selection 100 in FY2017 Starts
July 6 New International Standards for Evaluation of Adult Disposable Diapers are Issued

July 18 (Japanese release dates below)

July 14 Nineteenth Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
July 7 Five-Year Plan for Business Succession Formulated
July 5 Study Group on the relation between Industrial Competitiveness and Designs to be Established

July 13 (Japanese release dates below)

July 5 The IoT Acceleration Lab to Hold a Joint Event
July 5 The IoT Acceleration Lab Determines the Finalists of the HR-Solution Contest
July 4 Steel Demand Prospects for the Second Quarter of FY2017 (July-September 2017)

July 12 (Japanese release dates below)

July 11 METI and the European Commission Signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Promoting and Establishing a Liquid, Flexible and Transparent Global Liquefied Natural Gas Market
July 4 Vehicle Fuel Efficiencies by Driving Condition to be Added to Fuel Efficiency Indications in Passenger Vehicle Catalogs and Vehicles for Exhibitions
July 4 METI Reduces Burdens on Businesses in Terms of Administrative Procedures by 20% from the Standpoints of Businesses
July 3 Guidelines for Concluding Contracts with Credit Card Affiliated Stores Formulated

July 11 (Japanese release dates below)

July 4 METI Minister Seko Visits the United States

July 10 (Japanese release dates below)

July 3 The Eighth Career Education Awards and the Seventh Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion to be Presented

July 6 (Japanese release dates below)

July 3 Commencement of the Patent Prosecution Highway Program between Japan and New Zealand
June 28 Quarterly Survey of Overseas Subsidiaries (January-March 2017) Conducted

July 5 (Japanese release dates below)

June 28 Forecast of Global Supply and Demand Trends for Petrochemical Products (for the period 2008 to 2021) Compiled
June 28 Study Group for API-based Collaboration Involving Credit Card Utilization Compiles an Interim Report
June 27 Release of the White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2017

July 4 (Japanese release dates below)

June 29 Second Offshore Methane Hydrate Production Test Finishes
June 27 The 148th Survey of SME Business Conditions (April-June 2017) Released

June 29 (Japanese release dates below)

June 27 Four Institutes in India were Certified as Members of the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM)

June 28 (Japanese release dates below)

June 28 A Study Group for Ideal Approaches to Competition Policies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Compiles a Report

June 27 (Japanese release dates below)

June 26 The Tenth Japan-China-Korea Cultural Content Industry Forum to be Held
June 16 INPIT-KANSAI will open on July 31, 2017

June 26 (Japanese release dates below)

June 23 Collection of Case Examples Concerning Smart Communities Compiled
June 5 Successful Achievement of Zero Food Loss by Forecasting Demand Based on Weather Information and Other Data
May 30 A Final Report on the New Industrial Structure Vision was compiled
May 29 Round Table Conference on "Connected Industries" Held with METI Minister Mr. Seko and Top company executives in related industries

June 23 (Japanese release dates below)

June 23 Release of Annual Report on the Office of Intellectual Property Protection (2017)
May 23 The 2017 Report on Compliance by Major Trading Partners with Trade Agreements (WTO, FTA/EPA and IIA) and the METI Priorities Based on the 2017 Report Released

June 22 (Japanese release dates below)

June 19 Smart Safety Seminar to be Held
June 8 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi Visits the People’s Republic of China
June 6 FY 2016 Measures to Promote Manufacturing Technology (White Paper on Manufacturing Industries) Released

June 21 (Japanese release dates below)

June 19 Announcement of Figures for FY2014 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculated Under the GHG Emissions Accounting, Reporting, and Disclosure System
June 16 FY 2016 Enforcement Status of the Home Appliances Recycling Law and Recycling Statistics for Manufacturers and Importers
June 16 Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Enforcement Order for the Measurement Act and the Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act
June 16 Skill Standards and Process Standards for Robot System Integrators (Robot SIer) Compiled
June 14 Intensive Courses for International Standardization (Rule Making) to be Held

June 20 (Japanese release dates below)

June 20 New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (June 2017)

June 19 (Japanese release dates below)

June 15 Guidebook for Stadium and Arena Renovation Compiled
June 15 Japan Made a Presentation before the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on June 14, 2017, as a Part of Bid to Host the World Expo 2025 in Osaka
June 12 METI State Minister Matsumura Attends an OECD Ministerial Council Meeting and the Informal Meeting of Ministerial Responsible for WTO Trade

June 16 (Japanese release dates below)

June 8 The Guidelines Concerning the Management of the Electricity Retail Business Revised
June 6 Resumption of the Gas Production Test under the Second Offshore Methane Hydrate Production Test
June 5 Mr. Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia, Visits the Russian Federation

June 15 (Japanese release dates below)

June 15 Bimonthly PR Magazine “METI Journal” Shifts to Daily Journal
June 7 METI and MOI Conclude a Memorandum of Intent on Eastern Economic Corridor and Cooperation on Upgrading Industrial Structure
June 7 Second Meeting of the Japan - Viet Nam Joint Committee on Cooperation in Industry, Trade and Energy Held
April 11 The cabinet decides to submit the application to host the International Registered Exhibition in 2025 and to present a bid dossier.

June 14 (Japanese release dates below)

June 9 Recall of Storage Furniture (Microwave Cabinet) Imported by Nitori Holdings Co., Ltd. (Free Product Parts Replacement)
June 5 Revision of the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

June 13 (Japanese release dates below)

May 30 Contract Guidelines on Data Utilization Rights ver. 1.0 Formulated

June 12 (Japanese release dates below)

June 12 Information Portal Website “Open for Professionals” Starts for Highly-skilled Foreign Professionals
June 2 METI Compiles a 2017 Collection of Case Examples for the Utilization of the Regional Economy and Society Analyzing System (RESAS)
June 2 Announcement of METI’s Efforts Regarding Measures for Securing Smooth and Appropriate Transfer of Consumption Tax as of the End of March 2017
June 2 IP5 Offices Agree on New Vision Taking the Opportunity of the 10th Year Since the Inauguration of the IP5 Cooperation Initiative

June 8 (Japanese release dates below)

June 2 The Cabinet Approves the 2017 Annual Report on Energy (Japan’s Energy White Paper 2017)

June 7 (Japanese release dates below)

June 1 National Mine Safety Week to be Held from July 1 to 7
June 1 FY2016 Results of Crackdowns under the Act against Delay in Payment of Subcontract Proceeds, etc. to Subcontractors
May 31 Report on the Results of the 2016 Economic Census for Business Activity Compiled (Preliminary Report)
May 31 SMEA Compiles a Collection of Case Examples Concerning Creation of Startups and New Business through Second Jobs and Side Jobs
May 31 Announcement of Selected Companies in the Competitive IT Strategy SME Selection 100 Program
May 31 Announcement of Selected Companies in the 2017 Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection Program
May 29 METI Formulates Guidance for Integrated Corporate Disclosure and Company-Investor Dialogues for Collaborative Value Creation

June 6 (Japanese release dates below)

May 31 METI Compiles Process Guide for Fund-raising Approaches and Private Fund Utilization for Development of Stadiums and Arenas
May 30 Super Creators Certified under the MITOU Program!

June 2 (Japanese release dates below)

May 15 Suspension of the Gas Production Test under the Second Offshore Methane Hydrate Production Test

June 1 (Japanese release dates below)

May 29 Summer Energy Efficiency Efforts
May 29 Call for Applicants for the Young Professionals Japan Program for Fostering Future Experts in the Field of Standardization
May 29 Forum Titled “Platform for Cultivation of Forests and Utilization of Domestic Lumber: For the Utilization of Domestic Lumber in Non-housing Fields” to be Held
May 26 Enforcement Status of the Basel Convention and Domestic Laws Concerning Import/Export of Specified Hazardous Wastes in 2016
May 26 Follow-up of the Efforts for the Basic Policies for Future-oriented Trade Practices to be Conducted
May 25 JPO agreed with CGPDTM on Expanded Cooperation in the Field of Industrial Property
May 22 TM5 Compile the "Case Examples of Bad-Faith Trademark Filings"

May 30 (Japanese release dates below)

May 23 METI Minister Seko Visits the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

May 29 (Japanese release dates below)

May 24 Review of the End User List
May 23 Study Group for Establishment of Business Environments Holds its First Meeting Concerning the Project for Promotion of Environment Development for Data Utilization Involving Smart Homes

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
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