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Call for Applicants for the Young Professionals Japan Program

Initiative for fostering young human resources as future leaders of international standardization activities

October 30, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) opens a call for applicants for the FY2019 third round of the ISO/IEC Young Professionals Japan Program (hereinafter referred to as the “YoungPro” program) for the purpose of fostering human resources in the field of international standardization who are able to exercise leadership in negotiations at meetings of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

1. Outline of the program

Businesses worldwide recognize activities for international standardization as part of open and closed strategies* that may influence future growth. Japan has compiled action plans for international standardization by uniting efforts in the public and private sectors, including those described in the Three Action Plans for the Development of Human Resources Responsible for Standardization, formulated in January 2017. In these plans, Japan focuses on efforts for fostering standardization-related human resources who will bolster company activities for international standardization as important measures.

*Note: Open and closed strategies are business strategies involving intellectual property in which companies discuss and select purpose-based approaches to disclosure, confidentiality and right acquisition of intellectual property to increase their profit, such as efforts for protecting achievements derived from innovations using intellectual property rights in parallel with expanding markets by standardization of such achievements.

As one of the measures to achieve this goal, METI conducted a series of YoungPro programs aiming to foster human resources who will be able to exercise leadership in presenting Japan’s proposals for standardization at ISO and IEC meetings. The program has been completed five times in the IEC field, twice in the ISO field and seven times covering both the ISO and IEC fields, and a total of 307 participants have graduated so far.

METI will hold three rounds of the program in FY2019, and hereby opens a call for applicants for the final round this time.

2. Outline of the call

Period of the call: From October 30 (Wed.) to November 27 (Wed.), 2019

How to apply: If you wish to apply for the program, fill in the necessary information in the application form and send it by email to the following address.

Submission counter: isunit-seminar@jsa.or.jpメールリンク

Capacity: Around 20 (one applicant per company or association, in principle)

Scheduled dates of the program: [i] January 14 (Tue.), [ii] January 21 (Tue.), [iii] January 28 (Tue.), and [iv] February 18 (Tue.), 2020 (four lectures to be held in total)

3. Related material

Note: The application form and a sample of the application form are downloadable from the following website:

Division in Charge

Technical Regulations, Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau