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News Releases (in provisional translation)

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

March 24 (Japanese release dates below)

March 21 Memorandum of Understanding for IoT Cooperation between Japan and the EU Concluded
March 21 Memorandum of Cooperation in the Field of Urban Transportation in Maputo Concluded
March 16 Recall of Hot-Water-Circulation Ventilator-Dryer-Heater Apparatuses for Bathrooms Manufactured by Noritz Corporation and Harman Co., Ltd. (Free Product Inspection and Parts Replacement)
March 13 Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Formulated
March 7 Working Group on CO2-Free Hydrogen Compiled a Report

March 23 (Japanese release dates below)

March 2 The 24th Asian Export Control Seminar Held

March 22 (Japanese release dates below)

March 17 Commencement of the Patent Prosecution Highway Program between Japan and Brazil/Chile
February 21 METI Announces the Twenty-Four Enterprises Selected for the 2017 Health & Productivity Stock Selection!
February 21 Announcement of Organizations Recognized under the 2017 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program

March 21 (Japanese release dates below)

March 14 The IoT Lab Selection and Local IoT Acceleration Labs Events Were Held and Winners Were Selected and Honored
March 10 Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Act on Control of Export, Import and Others of Specified Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes
March 8 Action Plan 2017 for the Consolidation of Security Measures for Credit Card Transactions Formulated (“Action Plan 2017”)

March 17 (Japanese release dates below)

March 9 Silicon Valley D-Lab Project x the Machine Parts and Tooling Industries Seminar to be Held

March 16 (Japanese release dates below)

March 13 Future Directions for Overseas Development of the Water Business Industry Compiled
March 7 Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.

March 15 (Japanese release dates below)

March 2 METI and BSI, the World’s Largest Standardization Organization, Concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen the International Standardization Efforts

March 14 (Japanese release dates below)

March 10 PR Video Clip Concerning Fukushima Titled Fukushima Today Produced
February 28 IoT Acceleration Lab to Hold a Joint Event

March 13 (Japanese release dates below)

March 7 Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act
March 3 MITOU KAIGI 2017 to be Held
February 28 Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Act on Formation and Development of Regional Industrial Clusters through Promotion of Establishment of New Business Facilities, etc.

March 10 (Japanese release dates below)

March 3 Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act
March 2 Public-Private Council for Safety Measures in the Manufacturing Industry to be Established

March 9 (Japanese release dates below)

March 9 Japan Requested Establishment of a Panel under the WTO Agreement Regarding India's Safeguard Measures on Steel Products
March 8 METI Releases Concept Book: A Compilation of Traditional Japanese Value as the Foundation of Commodities and Services under the Cool Japan Initiative
March 3 FY2015 PRTR Data Released
March 3 Open Debriefing Meeting to be Held by the Study Group for the Creativity in Fourth Industrial Revolution

March 8 (Japanese release dates below)

March 1 Progress Report 2015–2016 on the Corporate Reporting Lab Compiled

March 7 (Japanese release dates below)

March 1 Registration of Two Color-per-se Trademarks as the First Case in Japan
March 1 METI to Hold a Press Conference Marking the 100th Day before Opening Day of the Japan Pavilion at Astana EXPO 2017
February 24 Memorandum of Understanding for IoT Cooperation between Japan and India Concluded

March 6 (Japanese release dates below)

March 1 Applications for Approval for Wheeling Service Provisions Filed by Electric Power Companies Approved

March 3 (Japanese release dates below)

February 27 METI State Minister Matsumura Visited the Republic of Azerbaijan
February 27 JOGMEC to Provide a Guaranty of Liabilities Concerning a Project for Geothermal Power Generation in Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture

March 2 (Japanese release dates below)

February 22 A New Project Titled “Fukudzukuri 4.0” Started through Taking Advantage of an Existing IT Platform
February 20 Aggregated Results of the FY2015 Calculated Amount of Leaked Fluorocarbons under the System for Reporting and Publicizing the Calculated Amount of Leaked Fluorocarbons Compiled

March 1 (Japanese release dates below)

February 20 Tabisuru Shintora Market to Open

February 24 (Japanese release dates below)

February 21 Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy
February 20 Announcement of the Winners of the Third Nippon Venture Awards

February 23 (Japanese release dates below)

February 22 Seventeenth Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
February 17 Cabinet Decision on the Bill of the Cabinet Order for Partial Revision of the Export Trade Control Order
February 17 Directions to Electric Power Companies for the Review and Revision of Contents Concerning Their Applications for Approval of Wheeling Service Provisions

February 22 (Japanese release dates below)

February 13 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ihara Visited the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Madagascar

February 20 (Japanese release dates below)

February 10 A New International Standard for the “Safety of Tubular LED Lamps” was issued

February 17 (Japanese release dates below)

February 9 Learning Consortium for the Future to be Established
February 7 Recall of Aquarium Water Chillers Sold by Gex. Co., Ltd. (Free Product Replacement)

February 16 (Japanese release dates below)

February 6 Scope of Applications for Trademark Registration Entitled to the Accelerated Examination and Accelerated Appeal Examination Systems to be Expanded
December 26 Call for Evidence and Information Concerning an Interim Summary of the Long-term Climate Change Policy Platform

February 15 (Japanese release dates below)

February 8 METI to Hold the New Business Creation Conference & Connect! Event and the Commendation Ceremony for the Nippon Venture Awards
February 1 Three Action Plans for the Development of Human Resources Responsible for Standardization Formulated
January 31 Guidebook for Utilization of Camera Images Version 1.0 Formulated
January 31 International Symposium on LNG Bunkering to be Held

February 14 (Japanese release dates below)

February 6 Guidelines for Proper Gas Power Trade Revised
February 6 Guidelines for Proper Electric Power Trade Revised

February 13 (Japanese release dates below)

February 7 Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act for the Partial Revision of the Act on the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation
February 1 Experiment on Data Utilization through Digitalization of Shopping Receipts to be Conducted

February 8 (Japanese release dates below)

January 24 Recall of Electric Fans Imported by Panasonic Ecology Systems Co., Ltd. and Sold by Panasonic Corporation (Product Replacement and Installation)

February 7 (Japanese release dates below)

January 31 Cabinet Decision on the “Cabinet Order for Stipulating the Date for Partial Enforcement of the Act on the Development of Related Acts for Promoting Reform with the Aim of Increasing the Autonomy and Independence of Local Authorities....

February 2 (Japanese release dates below)

January 26 New Designation of Owari Household Buddhist Altars, Nagasaki Tortoiseshell Works, and Haebaru Hanaori Textiles as Traditional Crafts under the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries
January 26 The Guidelines Concerning the Management of the Gas Retail Business Established
January 24 Cabinet Decision on the “Cabinet Order for Developing Related Cabinet Orders Required to Be Revised along with the Enforcement of the Promulgation of the Partial Revision of the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable

February 1 (Japanese release dates below)

January 25 A 90-Second Video Clip titled Fukushima Today to be Produced
January 19 Summary of the Preliminary Report on the 2016 Basic Survey of Japanese Business Structure and Activities

January 31 (Japanese release dates below)

January 24 Results of the Regional Economic and Industrial Research (October-December 2016)

January 30 (Japanese release dates below)

January 23 METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nakagawa Visits Switzerland
January 12 World’s First Success in Long-distance Air Freight Shipment by a Fully-Autonomous Drone!
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