METI Journal - English Edition
2016 September issue
Change is a Chance! The fourth industrial revolution -IoT, big data, AI and robots are the key to growth-
The environment surrounding business is changing by the minute. In order for Japan to best harness the power of this change and shift to a new phase of economic growth, a “compass” shared by both the public and private sectors is needed. To this end, METI has compiled the “Interim Report on the New Industrial Structure Vision: Strategic Efforts for Taking the Lead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” We will touch upon the key points and introduce you to the opinions facing business leaders.
Service Industry -Doubling its "earning power"-
In order for the Japanese economy to keep growing, the overall quality of the entire service industry will inevitably need to be improved. The national government is promoting a strong message of “now is the time to spark a service productivity revolution”. So, how can we spur innovation to this end? Let’s go through some important pieces to the puzzle.
2016 July issue
Feature 1 Explore the African Market! -Africa: its attraction and potential-
The African continent has long been thought of as simply the home to many countries which received aid from other countries. However, many African countries are now important investment destinations that you will not want to miss out on.
What strategy should Japanese companies take in this new market with a diverse range of attractive investment opportunities?
Feature 2 Ideas for Creating a Vigorous Community -Discover them by utilizing data!-
Now, community building and business creation based on the full utilization of data is coming alive in many places around Japan.
RESAS (Regional Economy and Society Analyzing System), a tool that creates “visualizations” of data related to the regional economy, holds the key. We will examine the breadth of its functions through specific case examples of its use.
2016 May issue
Feature 1 Make your choice today：Clever techniques for purchasing electricity -Full liberalization begins-(PDF:2,302KB)
What does the full liberalization of the electricity retail market mean?
What will change, who will benefit, why and in what way?
This new system allows households and stores to select an electricity provider that best meets their preferences. Here we explain the new system in an easy-to-understand way.
Cleverly utilizing the benefits of liberalization stands to improve one's everyday life.
Feature 2 Ensure the safety and security of credit card transactions -Toward a cashless society in 2020!-(PDF:2,201KB)
Credit cards are becoming more and more indispensable in our everyday lives, being used for online shopping or at a supermarket. However, identity card data breach and fraudulent credit card transaction are also increasing with the expansion of credit card use. How can the safety of transactions be ensured? Let's look at the problems and countermeasures.
2016 March issue
Feature1 Fukushima, Today and Tomorrow -Comments from people in disaster-stricken areas, five years after the earthquake-
Progress in the reconstruction of Fukushima including the revitalization of the Hamadori area is drawing attention.
Little by little, people have been returning to areas that suffered from the nuclear disaster and have begun to build new communities.
What are the issues that they are now trying to overcome, and what are the goals that they are aiming to achieve?
Let’s hear from those leading these efforts, five years after the earthquake
Feature2 The Tax Break for that New Equipment! -You can rely on it! Tax measures System to Promote Capital Investment to Improve Productivity-
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The Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act, which entered into force in January 2014 Support measures under it, namely the Tax Measures System to Promote Capital Investment to Improve Productivity, are receiving more and more positive feedback. Now is the best time to invest in the future.
Please take the time to learn about this tax system which you can rely on.
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