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Call for Applicants for the Young Professionals Japan Program

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

September 9, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby opens the first round of a call for applicants for the FY2020 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 and industries around the world recognize activities for international standardization not only as part of rule-making but also as a means of forming markets and developing business environments. In the “Three Action Plans for the Development of Human Resources Responsible for Standardization” (formulated in January 2017), the efforts for fostering standardization-related human resources who will bolster company activities for international standardizations, are mentioned as important measures.

As one of the measures to achieve this goal, METI started the YoungPro program in 2012, aiming to foster human resources who will be able to exercise leadership in presenting Japan’s proposals for standardization at ISO and IEC meetings. A total of 344 participants have graduated from the program to date.

METI will hold two rounds of the program in FY2020, and hereby opens the first round of the call for applicants.

2. Outline of the call

Period of the call: From September 9 (Wed.) to October 9 (Fri.), 2020
Scheduled dates of the program: [ⅰ] November 4 (Wed.), [ⅱ] November 10 (Tue.) [ⅲ] November 17 (Tue.) and [ⅳ] December 8 (Tue.), 2020 (four lectures to be held in total)
Note: This program may be held online.
Capacity: Around 20 participants (one applicant per company or association, in principle)
How to apply: For details of the program, such as application instructions, visit the Japanese Standards Association (JSA) website.

Division in Charge

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