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Plan for Advancement of Integration and Streamlining of Distribution Business Approved under the Act on Advancement of Integration and Streamlining of Distribution Business

June 3, 2019

Joint press release with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

On June 3, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) jointly approved a Plan for Advancement of Integration and Streamlining of Distribution Business, a plan jointly filed by consignors and distributors, under the provisions of the Act on Advancement of Integration and Streamlining of Distribution Business. This is the first approval jointly issued by the three ministries.

In collaboration with MLIT, MAFF and other organizations, METI has been supporting collaborative businesses of two or more companies in enhancing efficiency in a variety of distribution businesses. This support measure aims to improve energy conservation and promote reduction of environmental burdens in the field of distribution against the backdrop of labor shortages, an increase in the number of parcels with higher frequencies, and other challenges in the field.

The approved plan was submitted by four companies: McDonald’s Japan Inc., the Yomiuri Shimbun Group Headquarters, Kabushiki Gaisha Nagao Unso, and HAVI Supply Chain Solutions Japan G.K., concerning their collaboration effort for enhancing distribution efficiency. The planned effort targets achievement of joint transportation of salt and newspaper, which have been carried separately from Osaka Prefecture to Hyogo Prefecture, and this joint transportation is expected to reduce the number of distribution vehicles and carbon dioxide emissions.

This is the first plan jointly approval by the three ministries of METI, MLIT and MAFF, as a Plan for Advancement of Integration and Streamlining of Distribution Business submitted under the Act on Advancement of Integration and Streamlining of Distribution Business. In parallel with continuing the collaboration with related ministries and agencies, METI will strive to enhance the efficiency in distribution businesses so as to further encourage businesses across Japan to embark on cross-sectoral efforts like this case toward the achievement of productivity improvement across supply chains.

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Logistics Policy Planning Office, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group

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