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

Establishment and revision of the JIS for market, public opinion and social research, including data analysis services, etc.

October 21, 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, including 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 October 2019, METI newly established 8 standards and revised 10 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following establishment of new standards is especially important.

(1) Establishment of the JIS for market, public opinion and social research, including data analysis services

METI newly established the JIS for research for market, public opinion and social research, including data analysis services. This newly-established JIS stipulate standards for quality management processes that research institutions should implement, including preparation of written oaths on services to be provided and the confidentiality of research data. This establishment is expected to help companies facilitate the further provision of appropriate services with higher accountability.

Structures of the standards

2. Outline of the JIS

The JIS stipulate types and quality of products, data, services and other products, test or assessment methods for ascertaining such types and quality, and the values of standards that businesses are required to meet. Producers, service providers, product users and consumers and other stakeholders, for example, make use of these standards in their approaches to accessing quality products and enjoying provision of services in a secured manner.

METI has been establishing new standards or revising the existing ones for the JIS in response to technological advancements, changes in social environments and other factors as necessary.

For more information on the JIS, 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 “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) above, is the International Standardization Division, METI.

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Divisions in Charge