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FY 2017 Measures to Promote Manufacturing Technology (White Paper on Manufacturing Industries) Released

FY 2017 Measures to Promote Manufacturing Technology is a report on measures that the Government of Japan has taken to promote core manufacturing technologies, which was compiled pursuant to Article 8 of the Basic Act on the Promotion of Core Manufacturing Technology (Act No. 2 of 1999).

This report was jointly prepared by three ministries, namely, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and approved by the Cabinet on May 29, 2018.

Key points of the FY 2017 White Paper on Manufacturing Industries

First, in the “General” section, the White Paper clarifies four concerns that business administrators should be aware of in order to properly address dramatic changes in the environment surrounding manufacturing industries.

  1. Business administrators’ efforts to address fundamental qualitative changes in human resources and quantitative labor shortages might be inadequate.
  2. Some points that hitherto have been viewed as strengths might become impediments to reform.
  3. Business administrators might have not be adequately aware that that they are in the midst of an extreme transformation, such as digitalization of economic society.
  4. Business administrators might have failed to recognize a need for discontinuous reform.

In light of these points, the White Paper explains the measures to be taken by Japan’s manufacturing industry in responses to challenges.

  • Major response 1: Measures for maintenance and enhancement of workplace productivity, development and securing digital human resources
  • Major response 2: Measures for improving added value in response to new environmental changes

Section 1 of Chapter 1, titled “Challenges Facing Japan’s Manufacturing Industries and Its Future,” which METI wrote, describes the significance of building new workplace productivity and the importance of guaranteeing quality to enhance quality assurance systems to encourage these industries to enhance productivity amid growing labor shortages and also explains the importance of promoting the Connected Industries policy to create value.


Release date

May 29, 2018

Division in Charge

Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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