New Establishment and Revision of Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (December 2019)
Includes methods of assessing screen glare RFID tag emblems used for merchandise management, etc.
December 20, 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 the public once a month in a press release.
1. Outline of the new establishment and revision of standards
In December 2019, METI newly established 4 standards and revised 21 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following two new standards are especially important.
(1) Establishment of JIS for methods of assessing screen glares
Glare from smartphones or computer screens causes eyestrain to users. To address this challenge, manufacturers are developing technologies to curb such glare, but no standard indicators for impartially assessing or measuring glare have been stipulated.
To address this challenge, METI newly established JISC1006, taking advantage of the Standardization System for Cultivating New Markets. This establishment is expected to allow each company’s method to be assessed objectively and it is also anticipated to contribute not only to encouraging manufacturers to smoothly trade their products, but also improve competitiveness of Japanese manufacturers in global markets.
(2) Establishment of JIS for RFID tag emblems used for merchandise management
METI newly established the JIS for radio frequency identification (RFID) tag emblems (hereinafter referred to as “emblems”), logos by which people can identify products containing an RF tag in which product information is embedded.
As RFID is a technology by which users are able to read all information from multiple RF tags at a time, it has become popular among businesses, as seen in: manufacturers and distributors for making their distribution operations more efficient; or for retailers and other stores for shortening time required for settlement or for labor saving and introducing unmanned operations into their accounting systems.
This establishment is expected to help store workers visually identify the positions and types of RF tags from the appearance of products and avoid confusion in stores even if such tags become more popular and a variety of RF tags with different specifications are attached to a variety of products in the same location.
Figures: Examples of the emblems (left: emblem with RFID index; right: emblem with no RFID index)
The RFID index attached to the emblem on the left will help businesses identify if they need a reader adaptable to Specification A.
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, 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 more information on the Standardization System for Cultivating New Markets, visit the following website:
For details of the respective JIS, visit the following website.
3. Past news releases
For past news releases related to the revision of JIS, visit the following website.
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) and Item 1 (2) above is the International Electrotechnology Standardization Division.
- Appendix 1: List of Newly Established and Revised JIS Publicly Notified on December 20, 2019 (PDF:154KB)
- Appendix 2: Establishment of JIS for methods of assessing screen glares (in Japanese) (PDF:8KB)
- Appendix 3: Establishment of JIS for RFID tag emblems used for merchandise management(PDF:38KB)
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 Electrotechnology Standardization Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau