New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (June 2022)
- JIS established and revised for matters including office equipment designs for older persons and persons with disabilities -
June 20, 2022
The Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) are 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 these standards in response to societal and technological changes. METI publicly introduces the newly established and revised standards that 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 the JIS
In June 2022, METI established 2 new standards and revised 3 existing ones submitted by the Japanese Standards Association (JSA) an Accredited Standards Developing Organization. Of these, METI believes that the following revision is especially important (see Appendix1).
1. Revision of the JIS concerning office equipment designs for older persons and persons with disabilities
METI has revised a Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS X 8341-5) concerning office equipment designs for older persons and persons with disabilities. This revision was made in order to ensure consistency with the corresponding international standard (ISO/IEC 10779) which was revised in 2020 to adapt to the revisions in different countries' laws concerning older persons and persons with disabilities. The revision organized and clarified items to be considered in designing office equipment such as photocopiers. The standard is expected to support the development and use of office equipment that is more readily accessible to primarily older persons, persons with disabilities, and persons with temporary disabilities(Material 2).
Figure: Side reach range
- Vertical reference plane
- Reach range
- Area (For the area to be operable, the height of the obstruction must not exceed 865 mm.)
The JIS stipulate the types and quality of products, data, services, etc., test or assessment methods for ascertaining these types and quality, and standard values that businesses are required to meet. Producers, service providers, product users and consumers, and other stakeholders make use of these standards for purposes such as being able to access quality products and services with peace of mind.
METI has been establishing new standards or revising existing ones for the JIS in response to technological advancements, changes in the social environment and other factors, doing so as necessary.
For details on each individual JIS, visit the following website.
JIS search service (in Japanese): URL
3. Past news releasesFor past news releases related to the establishment and revision of JIS, visit this website: Standards and Conformity (Japanese Industrial Standards)
4. Contact for inquiries about the respective JIS
If you wish to inquire about the details regarding the changes to the JIS introduced this time, please contact the division in charge shown in Appendix 1 by email. When sending an email, please clearly indicate your name, the name of your organization (if you are inquiring as a representative of a company or other entity), and your contact information.
Division in chargeStandards and Conformity Assessment Public Relations Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
Regarding the standardsInternational Standardization Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
International Electrotechnology Standardization Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau