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Japan’s aging society and declining population is driving a labor shortage, particularly in the service industry. The solution to this challenge may come in the form of commercialized ....
What will be the next great tech breakthrough of the Fourth Industrial Revolution? The secret may lie in a wealth of research and development (R&D) data waiting to be tapped....
“The Lehman Shock plunged the global economy into chaos… climate change could be worse.”: The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meetings in 2015....
As the host country of the G20 (group of twenty major countries and regions) meetings in 2019, Japan intends to exhibit leadership in deliberations on....
Data is becoming known as “the oil of the 21st century.” Underestimating either its value or impact on society would be a significant error....
Interview with Dr. Fukunari Kimura, Professor, Keio University, on the issue of Japan’s approaches to addressing changes in global society....
The rise of electric drive vehicles (EVs), from fully electric to hybrid vehicles, has created an unprecedented noise problem—in fact, EVs are too quiet. At low speeds....
Japan will host the G20 Summit for the first time. A series of related meetings start full bore before the Summit in June, which will take place in Osaka City. Amid the intensifying trade ....
Previously, METI Mobile introduced Japan’s Omotenashi Standard Certification System, a program designed to help customers recognize high-quality Japanese service at a glance....
Japan is known for high-quality service and hospitality, but how can you tell at-a-glance what level of service a business provides? In 2017,the Ministry of Economy....
Portable battery packs are essential for a quick charge of your smartphone or other mobile device on-the-go, thanks to their high capacity, light weight, and wide ....
Electric-powered wheelchairs are important tools for the elderly and people with mobility challenges. They’re also large devices that can create safety hazards if ....
Japan joined the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on December 2, 2018, in Katowice, Poland........Tweet
The distant future of flying cars might soon be arriving in Japan. Since 2018, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has partnered with the Ministry .......Tweet
Ten Japanese startups are traveling to South by Southwest (SXSW) 2019 in Austin, Texas in March to show off their cutting-edge products and services to creatives .......Tweet
The construction industry faces a severe labor shortage in Japan and many other countries around the world. This shortage is expected to become even more acute .......
Luna Ware, produced in Kawauchi Village, Fukushima Prefecture, was instrumental to the rescue of twelve boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in .......Tweet
Natural disasters can strike at any time. When disaster hits, there may be many different ways to seek shelter depending on the situation. But how can you make sure you find the right ......Tweet
The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) welcomed more than 1,000 experts in the energy and environment sectors, representing ......Tweet
Hydrogen stations may soon be as common as gas stations in Japan. In place of CO2-emitting fossil fuels, Japan sees hydrogen fuel as the key to de-carbonizing ......Tweet
By 2050, every vehicle produced by Japanese automakers will be electrified. These electrified vehicles (xEVs) includes battery electric vehicles, plug in-hybrid electric vehicles,......Tweet
Japan is the world’s largest consumer of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In 2012, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)......Tweet
We live in the age of IoT, where more and more of the tools we use every day are connected online, from cars and home appliances to medical equipment. ......Tweet
【Globalizing Business in Japan】[Interview with Mr. Kizo Hisamoto, Mayor of Kobe City] How Japan Can Attract Human Resources that can Act as Global Leaders - "Human resources are a source of city growth, and city growth is a source of growth ranging from the national economy to the global economy."
In recent years, cities all over the world have been facing increasingly fiercer competition when trying to attract foreign-based companies. ......
A growing number of overseas companies have been thinking about business development in Japan, with its positive economic prospects and attractive market. With overseas companies’ ......Tweet
Companies, whether they are domestic or global companies, can best enhance their competitiveness by obtaining new human resources from far and wide. ......Tweet
In-bound consumption,” or consumption by foreign tourists, is very brisk in Japan. In 2017, the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan grew 19.3% ......Tweet
The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) welcomed filmmakers and critics from around the world to the heart of Japan’s capital from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, 2017......Tweet
In January 2017, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko, visited Ahmadabad, the largest city in western India’s state of Gujarat.....Tweet
The official mascots of EXPO 2005 in Japan will also promote Japan’s contribution to future energy.....Tweet
Representatives from Japan and China met in Beijing to discuss energy conservation and environmental....Tweet
When you hear the words “traditional Japanese crafts,” do you think of expensive art objects that exist only on a shelf?....Tweet
In October 2016, Japan hosted a seminar for South African investment, attended by South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources....Tweet
As cyberattacks grow more frequent worldwide, Japan has introduced a new national cybersecurity qualification system....Tweet
Top smartphone OS providers Apple and Google each have firm holds on the Japanese market......Tweet
How mu ch do you think it costs to license this photo? With the free new PHOTO METI web service from Japan’s Ministry of Economy.....Tweet
The corrosion-resistant titanium plates that extend over the sea underneath Haneda Airport’s Runway D are designed to last for 100 years.....Tweet
The 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), jointly organized between Japan and its African partners.....Tweet
Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released its “White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2016,”.....Tweet
The embargo on Japanese caviar exports was lifted in September 2015, through joint efforts by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Fisheries Agency (FAJ) to introduce procedures complying with international guidelines. If caviar meets the proper criteria, METI will begin issuing export permits for products of sturgeon aquaculture from areas such as Miyazaki in southern Japan.Tweet
Ahead of the G7 Summit on May 26-27 in Ise-Shima, Mie Prefecture, ten ministerial meetings will be held throughout Japan to discuss specific issues, including foreign policy, finance, and energy. Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry will join the Energy Ministers’ Meeting on May 1-2 in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture.Tweet
Japan’s Cabinet approved a bill to revise the feed-in tariff (FIT) law(*) on February 9, 2016. Under the FIT system, power companies buy electricity generated from renewable sources, such as solar power, at fixed prices. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been working to revise FIT rules to expand low-cost renewable energy offerings, advance technology and promote sustainable development.Tweet
At precisely 3:50 p.m. on November 24, 2015, a Japanese H-IIA rocket blasted off from Tanegashima Space Center into the clear blue sky. The rocket’s missions?to bring a broadcast and telecommunications satellite for Canada’s Telesat into orbit around the earth?was a resounding success.Tweet
Overseas enterprises have been investing in Japan in record numbers. In recent years, investments increased 31% from 726.5 billion yen in 2013 to 954.8 billion yen in 2014, after a tenfold surge over the previous year. In a survey of more than 200 companies in 2013, Japan was also considered one of the premier location for research and development in Asia.Tweet
Dating from the 7th century, Horyu Temple (Horyuji) in Nara contains some of the world’s oldest wooden structures. Its enduring strength and resilience come from a fiber within the wood, called cellulose.Tweet
Negotiations to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) successfully concluded at the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on December 16, 2015.Tweet
An incredible 6.42 million tons of edible food is being thrown away every year in Japan, according to official government data.Tweet
Alongside the glittering red-carpet movie premiers, the 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) held from October 22-31 also showcased a new “barrier free” technology designed to bring the joys of cinema-going to the visually and hearing impaired.Tweet
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) accounts for 40% of Japan’s electric power generation. Currently, LNG is shipped to Japan in spherical tanks carried on-board tankers mainly from the Middle East. However, the international LNG market is currently undergoing profound changes.Tweet