October 31, 2018
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) designated every November as “Product Safety Inspection Month” and has been conducting an awareness-raising campaign every November to help the public learn about the safe use of products.
The FY2018 campaign will present a variety of events concerning product safety across Japan, such as a Product Safety Inspection Seminar held by METI in Tokyo, a briefing held by the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) concerning its operations in FY2017 focusing on product safety initiatives, and panel exhibitions showcased by regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry across Japan.
In collaboration with private companies, METI will enhance efforts for conveying product information to consumers and raise consumers’ awareness through a nationwide campaign to prevent product accidents, including efforts for raising public awareness of: products subject to recall, the Long-term Use Consumer Product Safety Inspection System, and instructions on the correct use of products.
1. METI’s efforts
- Holding a Product Safety Inspection Seminar
[Date and time] November 16 (Fri.), 2018; from 10:00 to 12:00
Session 1: Commendation ceremony for recognizing the winners of the 12th Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards (PS Awards 2018) (Award winners will be publicized in early November.)
Session 2: Introduction of case examples of the leading efforts for product safety taken by METI Minister’s Awards winners
Venue] Sakura Hall, 4th floor of Shibuya Cultural Center Owada (23-21 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)
- Showcase of posters and other displays for the Product-Safety campaign
[Period of the event] From November 1 (Thur.) to 30 (Fri.), 2018
[Venue] METI main building in Tokyo, and regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry across Japan (posters will be showcased.)
- Online public-awareness-raising campaign for product safety
Information on product safety will be provided on the Product Safety Guide website below:
- METI website exclusively for the product safety (in Japanese)
- For details of the efforts by regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry, see Appendix 1 attached to the Japanese language press release.(PDF:246KB)
2. NITE’s efforts
NITE will hold briefing sessions titled “FY2018 Briefing on Product Safety Initiatives,” in which NITE will make presentations concerning the trends of product accidents discovered from the results of NITE’s research in FY2017 on product accidents, the leading efforts for the prevention of product accidents, and other issues.
[Date and time]
In Tokyo: November 16 (Fri.), 2018; from 13:15
In Osaka: November 9 (Fri.), 2018; from 10:00
In Tokyo: Sakura Hall, 4th floor of Shibuya Cultural Center Owada (23-21 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)
In Osaka: Dawn Center (Osaka Prefectural Center for Youth and Gender Equality) (1-3-49, Ohtemae, Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture)
Risk Analysis and Public Relations Division, Product Safety Technology Center, NITE
Telephone (direct line): 06-6612-2066
3. Collaborative efforts with regional municipalities and private companies
- Showcasing campaign posters at cooperating retailers, etc.
- Raising public awareness of Product Safety Inspection Month on the websites of private companies and by other means
- Awareness-raising activities of product safety by showcasing campaign posters at the sites of regional municipalities
- Awareness-raising activities of product safety taking advantage of events organized by cooperating companies*
- Publicizing future articles on product safety through magazines distributed free of charge at do-it-yourself stores*
- Raising public awareness of product recalls and product safety taking advantage of information publications distributed free of charge*
- For a list of supporting municipalities and companies, see Appendix 2, attached to the Japanese language press release.(PDF:210KB)
- For details of major efforts by the private companies and other entities, see Appendix 3 attached to the Japanese language press release.(PDF:205KB)
Division in Charge
Product Safety Division, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group