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

Establishment and revision of the JIS, including foamed recycled glass materials, pictograms,

July 22, 2019

The Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) is a collection of national standards stipulating the criteria for mineral or industrial products, data and services in Japan in terms of their quality, performance and test methods. 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 July 2019, METI newly established 3 standards and revised 8 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following establishment and revision of standards is especially important.

(1) Establishment of the JIS for foamed recycled glass materials

Aiming to reuse glass materials containing mixtures of waste glass bottles in different colors, most of which have been discarded due to their little use, METI established new JIS for assessing the quality and stipulating test methods of recycled glass materials in the process of shipping from plants, taking advantage of the Standard Development Program for the Creation of New Markets. The standards are expected to promote distribution of materials made by recycling of waste glass bottles and to further advance efforts for the establishment of a sustainable resource-recycling society.

Recycling waste glass bottles into foamed recycled glass materials

(2) Revision of the JIS standards for pictograms

Pictograms are guide signs to convey information and guides to people through quick glances without verbal or literal communication. Aiming to make pictograms more concise for overseas tourists as well as Japanese nationals, METI added two new pictograms, i.e., automated external defibrillators (AED) and smoking rooms exclusively for heated tobacco products, to the JIS 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 user-friendly guides 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 nationwide standardization or simplification of mineral or industrial products, data (electromagnetic records) and services in terms of their quality, performance and test methods as well as methods of management system and other areas.

For more information on the JIS, visit the following website.

For more information on the Standard Development Program for the Creation of New Markets, visit the following website.

For details of the respective JIS, visit the following website.

3. Past news releases

4. Partial revision of the Industrial Standardization Act

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 “Kogyo Hyojyunka Ho” to “Sangyo Hyojyunka Ho” in Japanese as well as the title of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) from “Nihon Kogyo Kikaku” to “Nihon Sangyo Kikaku” in Japanese. The revised Act came into force on July 1, 2019.

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.

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Division in Charge

Standards and Conformity Assessment Public Relations Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau