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New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (February 2019)

Establishment and revision of the JIS, including measurement of sound emitted by road vehicles, measurement of quality in use of systems and software, and public information symbols

February 20, 2019

The Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) is a collection of national standards stipulating the criteria for products to be sold in Japan, including their types/scales, quality/performance and safety. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been revising and newly establishing such standards in response to societal and technological changes. METI publicly introduces the newly established and revised standards which are especially important for the economy and for the public once a month in a press release.

1. Outline of the new establishment and revision of standards

In February 2019, METI newly established 31 standards and revised 68 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following establishments and revision of standards are especially important.

(1) Establishment of the JIS for methods of measurement of sounds emitted by road vehicles at standstill and low speed running

Electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and other electrified vehicles emit low-volume sounds when running at a low speed. This feature has caused pedestrians to face a risk to be involved in an accident because they scarcely notice electrified vehicles stopping on the road or nearing them. To address this problem, Japan and some other countries stipulate requirements concerning the sound emitted by such vehicles stopping on the road or traveling at a low speed of 20km per hour or below to a level larger than a predetermined level.

In order for Japanese stakeholders to accurately understand a method of measuring sounds emitted by electrified vehicles and to more accurately measure such sounds, METI established JIS D1048 for methods of measurement of sounds emitted by electrified vehicles stopping on the road and low speed running. This JIS enables stakeholders involving the automobile industry to further accurately assess sounds emitted by electrified vehicles stopping on the road or traveling at a low speed, and is expected to contribute to the development of pedestrian-friendly electrified vehicles.

2. Establishment of the JIS for measurement of quality in use of systems or software products

Along with the popularization of personal computers, smartphones and other IoT equipment, users of these devices consider the reliability of the software built into such devices as more and more important. However, no JIS was established for specific measurement levels or methods as for the quality of such software in use, except the assessment models for objective measurement of the quality of software in use. To address this situation, METI established the JIS for measurement of quality in use of systems or software products, a new standard corresponding to the international standards, namely ISO/IEC25022. Dissemination of such quality measurement under the JIS is expected to improve reliability of software products which will be supplied to people in Japan.

Reference: Quality model under the SQuaRE (ISO/IEC 25000 series of standards)

Based on the JIS X 25010:2013

Source: Guide for Software Quality for Connecting International Industries (Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan; May 2015)

3. Revision of the JIS for public information symbols

Public information symbols (pictograms) are guide signs to convey a variety of information to people through their eyes without verbal communication. Aiming to make pictograms more concise for overseas tourists as well as Japanese nationals, METI added three new pictograms, i.e., Western-style toilet, Japanese-style toilet and warm water bidet, to JIS Z8210 for pictograms. This revision is expected to encourage public facilities and other buildings to make use of such pictograms under the JIS and to provide more concise guide signs to many people.

2. Outline of the JIS

Stipulated under the Industrial Standardization Act, the JIS are a collection of national standards certified by the Government of Japan, aiming at the improvement of mineral or industrial products in terms of quality, performance and safety, and at increasing and enhancing production efficiency and other areas.

The JIS stipulates a variety of product criteria, including types/scales, quality/performance, safety, testing methods for assessing these criteria, and other standard criteria that products should meet. These standards are utilized to ensure reliability in quality for manufacturers, users and consumers.
METI has been establishing new standards or revising existing ones for the JIS in response to technological advancements, safety requirements and other societal changes as necessary.
For more information on the JIS, visit the following websites:

3. Previous news release (explanation of the major establishments and revisions of the JIS)

4. Partial amendment of the Industrial Standardization Act

The Act of Partial Revision of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, etc. (Act No. 33 of 2018) was approved at the 196th ordinary session of the Diet in 2018 and established. In line with this, the Industrial Standardization Act was partially revised to newly categorize data and services as targets of standardization under the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS). Accordingly, the title of the Industrial Standardization Act changed from “Kogyo Hyojyunka Ho” to “Sangyo Hyojyunka Ho” in Japanese while the title of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) will be changed from “Nihon Kogyo Kikaku (JIS)” to “Nihon Sangyo Kikaku (JIS)” in Japanese.

For more information, visit the following website.

5. Contact information for inquiries on respective standards

For any inquiries on the details of publicized standards, please directly contact the relevant division in charge listed in Appendix 1.


Divisions in Charge