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METI to Establish a Strategic Commission for the New Automotive Era

Amid drastic changes in the environment regarding automobiles, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will establish the strategic Commission for the New Automotive Era. The commission, hosted by the Minister of METI, will aim to deliberate strategies so that the Japanese industry can lead global innovation and actively contribute to the resolution of various problems such as environmental pollution and traffic congestion.

Background and outline of establishing the commission

Drastic environmental changes, which are often referred to as "CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric)," will lead to the transformation of the automobile and mobility-related industries, as well as society as a whole. Against this circumstances, it is important for the Japanese automobile-related industry to enhance its competitiveness, take the initiative in global innovation, and actively contribute to resolving various problems such as environmental pollution and traffic congestion.

To this end, it is necessary for Japan to keep current trends and uncertainties firmly in mind, indicate long-term goals, and clarify the direction of policies to focus on.

In light of this backdrop, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the Strategic Commission for the New Automotive Era hosted by the METI Minister is newly launched to commence required deliberations. The first meeting of the commission is scheduled on April 18.

Members of the Council are as indicated in the Appendix attached to the Japanese language press release.

Release date

March 30, 2018

Divisions in Charge

  • Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
  • Batteries and Next Generation Technology Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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