New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (June 2019)
Establishment and revision of the JIS, including assessment of environmental burdens caused by iron and steel products, including recycling of such products, and cane-holding sections of cane holders
June 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 June 2019, METI newly established 5 standards and revised 18 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following establishment of new standards are especially important.
(1) Establishment of the JIS for assessment of environmental burdens caused by iron and steel products, including recycling of such products
The negative impact of iron and steel products on the natural environment should be assessed by taking into account the whole life cycle of such products ranging from mining of raw materials to recycling of discarded iron and steel products as well as manufacturing processes thereof.
When iron and steel products complete their life, almost all such products are collected as scrap materials and repeatedly recycled into a variety of iron and steel products. Despite this situation, however, no standards have been stipulated for assessment of the environmental burdens* caused by such products taking into consideration the whole life cycle of such products, including the recycling step of discarded iron and steel products. To address this, METI established JIS Q20915 (methods of calculating the life cycle inventory of iron and steel products) for stipulating the methods of quantitatively calculating the impact of iron and steel products on the natural environment. This establishment of the JIS allows companies using iron and steel products to assess the environmental burdens caused by their own products in a manner simulating a more practical situation (see Appendix 2).
- Appendix 2: Establishment of the JIS for assessment of environmental burdens caused by iron and steel products, including recycling of such products (in Japanese)(PDF:58KB)
*Note: The environmental burdens target carbon dioxide emissions affecting climate change, those affecting the depletion of the ozone layer, the amount of consumed fossil resources, and other elements.
1. The term “cascade recycling” refers to a recycling method in which the quality of target materials is degraded from the original quality, e.g., recycling of high-quality paper into recycled paper or newspaper sheets.
2. The term “thermal recycling” refers to a recycling method in which target materials are reused as heat sources for plants or other facilities due to the difficulty in recovering the materials to the original products.
(2) Establishment of the JIS for cane-holding sections of cane holders
Cane holders are useful tools for supporting the elderly and people with disabilities in spending their daily lives.
Despite such usefulness, Standardthe forms of cane holders vary as seen in those originally built in desks, counters and other furniture and those independently standing as furniture or equipment exclusively for the purpose of gripping a cane. Moreover, although manufacturers of cane holders need to design cane-holding sections of such holders in a user-friendly manner so that the elderly or people with disabilities, whose gripping power is often weak, are able to safely and smoothly operate such holders with less grip power, there are some concerns over such manufacturers providing a variety of cane-holding sections with different functions or performance, resulting in heavy burden on users. Against this backdrop, METI established JIS T9289 for designs of cane-holding sections of cane holders, taking advantage of the Standard Development Program for the Creation of New Markets.
Dissemination of the JIS is expected to encourage manufacturers to popularize cane holders carefully designed for the elderly and people with disabilities and thereby to improve the safety and usefulness of such holders that such people use in their daily lives (see Appendix 3).
Examples of appearances of cane holders (Cane-holding sections are circled by a dotted line.)
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, as well as at increasing and enhancing production efficiency and other areas.
The JIS stipulate 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 product reliability in quality for manufacturers, users and consumers.
METI has been establishing new standards or revising the 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:
For more information on the Standard Development Program for the Creation of New Markets, visit the following websites :
For details of the respective JIS, visit the following website.
3. Past news releases
4. Partial revision of the Industrial Standardization Act
The Bill for 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 the Act was established. In line with this, the Industrial Standardization Act was partially revised to newly entitle data and services as targets of standardization under the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) and to change the title of the Industrial Standardization Act from the “Kogyo Hyojyunka Ho” to the “Sangyo Hyojyunka Ho” in Japanese as well as the title of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) from the “Nihon Kogyo Kikaku” to the “Nihon Sangyo Kikaku” in Japanese.
For more information, visit the following website:
5. Contact counter of the respective JIS
If you wish to make any inquiry on details of the respective JIS that have been publicized, directly contact the divisions in charge of METI shown in Appendix 1. Please note that the division in charge of Item 1, (1) and (2), above, is the International Standardization Division, METI.
Division in Charge
- Information on this press release:
Standards and Conformity Assessment Public Relations Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
- Information on the respective JIS:
International Standardization Division & International Electrotechnology Standardization Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau