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Start Business, Change Society: Winners of the Nippon Startup Awards 2023 Announced

2023-10-12

On June 9, the award ceremony for the Nippon Startup Awards 2023 was held at the Prime Minister’s Office. Through this awards program, the Government of Japan honors outstanding startup businesses …

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Number of University-Developed Venture Businesses Marks Record-High Growth

2023-10-11

University-developed venture businesses (VBs) are expected to become leading players in providing innovations to the economy and society thanks to the innovative research being undertaken at …

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Establishment of New Export Insurance Program for Promotion of Overseas Business

2023-8-7

On July 1, 2023, Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) started a new export insurance program. In cases where Japanese companies that are intending to promote,…

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Introducing an Asia DX Company that Uses Digital Technology to Solve Social Issues in Asia (3)

2023-5-31

Terra Motors Corporation is a Japanese venture making big inroads in India. As well as the world’s No. 3 auto market, India is also an emerging leader in electric vehicles (EVs).…

GUNPLA (GUNDAM Plastic Models) Recycling Project

2023-4-28

Plastic models of characters from the popular TV animation series "Mobile Suit Gundam," known in Japan as "GUNPLA," (Gundam Plastic Models)…

Introducing an Asia DX Company that Uses Digital Technology to Solve Social Issues in Asia (2)

2023-3-16

Once best known a world-leading maker of photographic film, Fujifilm has reinvented itself as a provider of healthcare products and services. Today, with approximately 30% ...

Introducing an Asia DX Company that Uses Digital Technology to Solve Social Issues in Asia

2023-1-16

Made-in-India drones are just one of the success stories for Asia DX Project. Launched by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2019. this Project ...

Basic Economic Knowledge: The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a New Framework for Economic Collaboration

2022-11-7

In September 2022, the Ministerial Discussion of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) for Prosperity was held in the United States, where the ministers from ...

SME White Papers Reveal Challenges and Recipes for Success

2022-9-1

Two new whitepapers cast light on how small and medium enterprises can stay resilient despite the impact of global issues including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, soaring crude oil and raw material prices and supply-chain disruption ...

Green Transformation Technologies Inventory (GXTI): What It Is and How Companies Can Use It for Climate Change Disclosure

2022-8-31

The Green Transformation Technologies Inventory (GXTI) is a new technologies inventory developed by the Japan Patent Office (JPO), to help companies make evidence-based analyses of GX technologies based on patent information. Released in June ...

Make Delivery Smart with Automated Delivery Robots

2022-8-2

Traveling on the sidewalk next to you is an automated delivery robot—such a future is on the horizon. In April of this year, a law was passed to partially revises the Road Traffic Act, adding a provision on the use of ...

METI Shares the Health and Productivity Management Scores of 2,000 Japanese Companies

2022-6-15

For the first time, this March, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released a report revealing the detailed Health and Productivity Management scores of 2,000 Japanese companies. Health and Productivity Management scores track ...

Can the Internet of Things (IoT) Reduce Food Waste?

2022-5-13

Eliminating waste in the production and consumption of food is one of the key targets of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To solve this issue, we need to track people’s patterns of ...

Fukushima Is Becoming the "Hub" of the Wind Industry! – Challenges for Affected Municipalities

2021-12-15

Renewable energy: it's becoming increasingly important to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Some local governments are trying to develop wind power as a next-generation renewable energy industry ...

Introducing the SMEs Supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Games! (3); Be Better

2021-9-9

The concept for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was "Be better, together." The Games showed the world that Japan cares about diversity and the environment, and has the technology to make society ...

Introducing the SMEs Supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Games! (2); Traditional Techniques and Crafts

2021-9-9

The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were hosted by Tokyo facing unprecedented challenges. Behind the athletes' great performances, a variety of technologies and goods that make use of Japan's ...

Introducing the SMEs Supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Games! (1); Paralympic

2021-9-2

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are underway. The stories of the athletes who have been striving for this global showcase are all captivating. But behind each of their prostheses, equipment...

Global Leaders to Discuss Their Visions for Carbon Neutrality at the NET ZERO Leaders Summit

2021-7-20

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) will host a series of online events called "NET ZERO Leaders Summit (JBC2021)," starting on July 28, 2021...

"Business and Human Rights:" Towards Responsible Corporate Conduct

2021-7-6

The issue of "business and human rights" was included in the G7 Summit Statement adopted on June 13. Regulating the trade and use of goods and services that carry a risk of forced labor, child labor, and other human...

Making the Digital Market Easier to Use: The Act on Improving Transparency and Fairness of Digital Platforms (TFDPA)

2021-4-23

For small-to-medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and freelancers, digital platforms such as online shopping malls and App Stores offer tremendous benefits. They can make it easier for them to access markets and attract...

METI Unveils Green Growth Strategy to Support Japan’s 2050 Carbon Neutral Goal

2021-2-08

In October 2020, the Japanese government declared its ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, setting Japan on course to become a carbon-neutral society. The Green Growth Strategy is key to helping ...

Feature article: Insights into “Key Points of Economic and Industrial Policies ” (4)

2021-1-15

Utilize digital technology and bring innovation to education. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, has been promoting the...

Feature article: Insights into “Key Points of Economic and Industrial Policies” (3)

2021-1-15

In order to promote digitalization throughout Japan, national and local governments must first realize such digitalization internally. It is necessary to realize government infrastructures that allow people to complete administrative governmental procedures...

Feature article: Insights into “Key Points of Economic and Industrial Policies” (1)

2020-12-18

On September 30, 2020, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) compiled the “FY2021 Key Points of Economic and Industrial Policies.” This compilation is an annual report on METI’s prioritized efforts for showing ...

Feature article: Insights into “Key Points of Economic and Industrial Policies” (2)

2020-12-18

As the novel coronavirus disease expanded, public demands at home and abroad for hygiene commodities, e.g., face masks, alcohol antiseptics and medical test equipment, grew. As a result, people faced shortages of such commodities in Japan as well...

METI Support for Asia-Wide Digital Transformation

2020-11-5

Digital Transformation (DX) is urgently required for Japan to effectively mitigate the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on business. Japan has lagged behind in the area of digital transformation compared with some emerging Asian markets.

Realizing the Virtuous Cycle of Environment and Economy - Tokyo “Beyond-Zero” Week (Part Two)

2020-10-7

As a part of worldwide carbon-neutral efforts, Japan aims to realize technological innovation to achieve the “Beyond-Zero” initiative and improvement of industrial competitiveness through the social implementation thereof, aiming for a virtuous cycle of environment and economy...

Realizing the Virtuous Cycle of Environment and Economy - Tokyo “Beyond-Zero” Week (Part One)

2020-10-7

The Paris Agreement is an international framework on the issue of climate change agreed upon in Paris in 2015 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP), a meeting to discuss international agreements on the reduction of greenhouse gases. The Paris Agreement...