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Preliminary Announcement on the Results of the IEC General Meeting in Tokyo 2014

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces the preliminary results of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)* General Meeting in Tokyo 2014 (hereinafter referred to as the “IEC Tokyo Meeting”), an annual convention of the IEC, which is being held at the Tokyo International Forum from November 4, 2014.

1. Outline of the IEC Tokyo Meeting

The IEC (president: Dr. Junji Nomura, corporate advisor, Panasonic Corporation) annually holds the General Meeting, which consists of the Council, meetings for organizational management, and expert committees for standards development. The 2014 IEC General Meeting is being held from November 4 to 15 at the Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, and is the fourth meeting held in Japan since the IEC General Meeting in Kyoto in 1999.

The IEC Tokyo Meeting is attended by about 2,600 participants from 83 countries, including about 1,900 people from abroad, as of the date of the opening ceremony on November 10 based on the registration data.

On November 10, Mr. Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the opening ceremony and highlighted the following points:

  • Importance of achieving further innovation through the integration of development in respective products and technologies into a system utilizing standardization;
  • Importance of promoting efforts taken by SMEs and ventures toward international standardization and further participation of developing countries in IEC activities, as well as of fostering human resources who will lead international standardization efforts; and
  • METI's strong intention to contribute to IEC activities proactively with regard to these challenges.

For the IEC Tokyo Meeting, Japan as the host country, sets up a unique meeting subject titled “Integration toward a Smarter World.” Based on this subject, a variety of side events are held, including technical visits conducted by enterprises, exhibitions of technologies, symposiums, and indoor demonstration experiments, in addition to the IEC official regular meetings, showing an innovative, new style IEC meeting to the world.

Through the side events, Japan provided overseas experts who are engaged in standardization efforts with opportunities to see, touch and experience Japan’s cutting-edge technologies in the fields of smart technologies, including those for smart cities, smart grids, electric vehicles, energy conservation, and environment friendliness, thereby more strongly showing Japan’s presence in the international standardization field to the experts.

At the meeting, Japan invited the IEC expert committees, and technical committees and subcommittees (TC/SC) in 53 fields, for which about 240 meetings were held. Participants of the meetings compiled case examples of achievements by field, namely; [i] electricity and smart grids, [ii] household appliances, [iii] semiconductors and communication, and [iv] electrotechnology, all of which are subjects discussed at the IEC Tokyo Meeting.

2. Issue of Tokyo Statement at the Council Open Session**

At the open session of the general meeting on November 14, a symposium was held, focusing on the subject of the meeting, titled “Integration toward a Smarter World,” and participants compiled a proposal for the IEC (Tokyo Statement) toward the establishment of the smarter world.

It is the first attempt of the IEC General Meeting to issue proposals for the IEC at the council open session. The Statement was formulated based on the opinions of stakeholders, and participants highly appraised the Statement. METI expects that the Statement will show the future directions of IEC’s future activities concerning international standardization.

3. Recognition of Dr. Shuji Hirakawa (member of the IEC Standardization Management Board) for the IEC Lord Kelvin Award***

Dr. Shuji Hirakawa, head of Technology Planning Division, Toshiba Corporation, as well as a member of the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB),**** was recognized for the IEC Lord Kelvin Award, for his exceptional long-term achievements over many years in standardization of electrical and electronic technologies on a global basis. To present the IEC’s highest award to him, on November 12, 2014, the commendation ceremony was held at Tokyo Kaikan in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. He is the fourth Japanese person to receive the award.

* 1: International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is an international organization aiming to contribute to promoting trade, and improving user-friendliness of products and services, through activities for developing international standards and for assessing conformity concerning electrical, electronic and related technologies. As of November 2014, there are 83 member countries and about 7,000 international standards have been formulated.

** 2: During the IEC General Meeting, a symposium held by the host country in collaboration with the IEC secretariat is held following the IEC Council every year (Council Open Session). Its topics is determined by discussion between the hosting country and the IEC Secretariat, and this year, Mr. Masaki Sakuyama, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation made a keynote speech, followed by presentations by Mr. Peter Lacy (Accenture), Mr. Leon R. Roose (University of Hawaii), and Mr. Satri Falanu (PLN Research Institute), as well as a panel discussion of these three experts and Dr. Fumio Ueno (Toshiba). Dr. Hiromichi Fujisawa moderated the discussion. For further details, see the following website; Site Link

*** 3: The Lord Kelvin Award was launched in 1995 to praise the achievements of Sir Lord Kelvin, first president of the IEC, who contributed to the establishment of the IEC. The award is commended to those who have contributed to exceptional long-term achievements in the standardization of electrical and electronic technologies on a global basis. In 2012, selection criteria of the award were revised rigidly to recognize only one person anually.

**** 4: The Standardization Management Board (SMB) is an organization to lead, manage and supervise services concerning the developing standards in the IEC.

Opening ceremony

METI Minister Yoichi Miyazawa making remarks

Dr. Tamotsu Nomakuchi, Chair of JISC (Japanese Industrial Standards Committee) making remarks

Welcome reception

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Shigeki Iwai making remarks

Dr. Hirakawa, member of SMB, being recognized for the Lord Kelvin Award


Full text of the Tokyo Statement(PDF:146KB) PDF File

Release date

November 14, 2014

Division in charge

International Electrotechnology Standardization Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

Related Information

International Standards

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