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METI Launches E-learning Program in Academic and Research Institutes in the Field of Security Export Control

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) developed an e-learning program in academic and research institutes aiming at provide an opportunity for them to learn about security export control for technology transfers pursuant to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (Act No. 228 of 1949; hereinafter referred to as the “Act”).

METI hereby announces the launch of the program both in Japanese and English on its website.

1. Background

Under international security trade control frameworks, Japan and other major countries have been collaboratively taking strict control of transactions of goods and technologies which can be used for creating weapons or for other military purposes in order to prevent countries of concern from threatening global security and terrorists from accessing such products and technologies.

METI, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and other ministries and agencies share the recognition that universities and research institutes engaging in advanced research and development should initiate effective security export control schemes in the same manner as export businesses. Under this recognition, METI, in cooperation with MEXT and other relevant entities, has been holding explanatory meetings and raising awareness of security export control among such universities and institutes.

With the recent increase in security concerns over the outflow of sensitive technologies to foreign countries along with the acceleration of globalization, which includes cross-border human resource exchanges and joint research with foreign countries, universities and research institutes should observe the Compliance Requirements for Exporters that stipulates regulations that such entities are required to adhere to, and must institute sufficiently strict controls of sensitive technologies.

Such universities and research institutes are required to educate front-line teaching staff and researchers in the field of education and research regarding the Act and also are required to secure their organizations by putting necessary procedures into practice.

2. Outline of the e-learning program

Aiming to provide teaching staff and researchers with opportunities to learn about related systems under the Act and matters that they are required to control the various situations that may occur during the course of research activities, the e-learning program provides five theme-based educational videos both in Japanese and English: [i] need for export control security; [ii] summary of export control security systems; [iii] case-by-case points of concern: part I (issues in conducting daily research activities); [iv] case-by-case points of concern: part II (issues in hosting overseas students and researchers and in conducting joint research).

Release date

May 29, 2018

Division in Charge

Security Export Control Administration Division, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau

Related website

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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