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May 14, 2019
The Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order for Partial Revision of the Order for Measurement Units
May 14, 2019
Fourteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (COP14) Held
May 14, 2019
Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (COP9) Held
May 10, 2019
Guidelines Formulated for Water Utilities’ Introduction of the System for Utilization of Water Information
May 10, 2019
Japan Requests Consultations with the Government of India under the WTO Agreement Regarding India’s Measures Concerning Tariff Increase on ICT Products
May 8, 2019
Call for Applicants for the Fifth Tobidase Japan Program Starts
May 7, 2019
Roadmap for Popularizing Development and Introduction of Marine Biodegradable Plastics Formulated
May 7, 2019
First Partnership Concluded with the Internationale Funkausstellung, Germany
Apr 27, 2019
METI State Minister Seki Visits China
Apr 26, 2019
Call for Public Comments on Animation Industry Subcontracting Guidelines
Apr 26, 2019
Report on Designing Global Content Market Management Simulation Game
Apr 26, 2019
Instructions, Provided to Businesses in Fukushima Prefecture Based on Results of Survey for Current State of Distribution of Agricultural Products and Other Items Produced in Fukushima Prefecture
Apr 26, 2019
Sanctions and Instructions Executed against Gold Trading Company
Apr 26, 2019
Results Compiled for the Electricity Supply and Demand for the Winter of FY2018 as well as Outlook and Measures for Electricity Supply and Demand for the Summer of FY2019
Apr 26, 2019
Target Date and Time Determined for Requesting Businesses to Complete Switching to Standard Barcodes Called “JPQR” under the Consumer-Presented-Mode QR Code Payment System
Apr 26, 2019
JPO Launches IP Acceleration Program for Startups (IPAS2019)
Apr 26, 2019
Explanatory Meeting on the System for the Acceptance of Foreign Human Resources in the Manufacturing Industry to be Held
Apr 26, 2019
Review of the End User List
Apr 25, 2019
Joint Press Release with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Apr 25, 2019
Call for Proposals Begins for Designated Procurement Items under the Act on Promoting Green Procurement (Goods and Services)
Apr 25, 2019
Call for Proposals for Designated Procurement Items under the Act on Promoting Green Procurement Starts (Public Works)
Apr 24, 2019
Guidelines Compiled for Expanding the Scope of Use of Electronic Equipment and Other Devices on the Premises of Petroleum or Chemical Plants
Apr 23, 2019
Selection of Companies for 2019 Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection and and Noteworthy IT Strategy Companies Programs Announced
Apr 23, 2019
Series of Explanatory Meetings of Intellectual Property Rights in 2019 to be Held Targeting IP Beginners
Apr 23, 2019
Survey on Blockchain Technology Applicability Report to Universities and Research Institutes
Apr 22, 2019
Seminar on Overseas Business Development to be Held Targeting Mid-ranking Companies and SMEs
Apr 22, 2019
METI Releases Guidelines for Collaboration between Business Entities and R&D-based Venture Businesses (Third Edition)
Apr 22, 2019
Government-Private Workshops on Clean Energy Technology Held in Thailand, Viet Nam and Indonesia
Apr 22, 2019
Seminar Encouraging Regional Businesses to Go Global to be Held
Apr 20, 2019
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (April 2019)
Apr 19, 2019
Project for Public-Road Demonstration Tests for Mid-sized Buses with Autonomous Driving Functions to be launched
Apr 19, 2019
Collection of Know-How for Supporting Female Entrepreneurs Compiled
Apr 19, 2019
Acceptance of Applications for Registration of Participants in 2019 Telework Days Campaign to Start and Pre-Event of the Campaign to be Held
Apr 18, 2019
[Fourth Round of the Call for Applicants under the Subsidy Project J-LOD] Call for Applicants Begins for the Subsidy Project J-LOD Involving Development and Demonstration of Systems for Distribution of Contents Taking Advantage of Blockchain Technologies
Apr 18, 2019
Cyber/Physical Security Framework (CPSF) Formulated
Apr 17, 2019
Japan-Germany Research and Development in Advanced Artificial Intelligence Declaration
Apr 17, 2019
G20 Digital Economy Multi-Stakeholder Conference to be Held
Apr 16, 2019
Release of the Results of the FY2018 User Satisfaction Surveys on Examination Quality
Apr 16, 2019
Guidelines for Measures for Preventing Unauthorized Use of Credit Card Information Wrongly Leaked during QR Payment Formulated
Apr 16, 2019
METI Minister Seko Visits the People’s Republic of China
Apr 16, 2019
Hokkaido Prefecture Selected in Support Program for Regional Foreign Direct Investment in Japan
Apr 16, 2019
New Projects Adopted for Regional Business Conference for Encouraging Overseas Companies to Directly Invest in Regional Areas of Japan
Apr 15, 2019
New Establishment of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) for Portable Microbe Imaging Scopes
Apr 15, 2019
Call for Stopping Use of US Fisher-Price Cradle-type Infant Cribs
Apr 12, 2019
FY2017 Energy Supply and Demand Report (Revised Report)
Apr 12, 2019
Collaboration Team between the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of the Environment will be Inaugurated for Creating Regional Circulatory Symbiosis and Establishing a Distributed Energy System
Apr 12, 2019
New Energy Conservation Standards for Lighting Equipment and Light Bulbs Formulated
Apr 12, 2019
Symposium on Working Style Reforms Held
Apr 11, 2019
FY2019 “Intellectual Property Achievement Awards” Decided
Apr 9, 2019
Extension of Ban on Imports from and Exports to North Korea, Pursuant to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act
Apr 9, 2019
New Listing of South Sudan in Appended Table 3-2 of the Export Trade Control Order
Apr 9, 2019
Steel Demand Prospects for the First Quarter of FY2019 (April-June 2019)
Apr 9, 2019
Report on Survey for Current Situations of Japanese Companies’ Cross-border M&A Compiled
Apr 9, 2019
FY2019 Call for Applicants for the MITOU Target Program
Apr 9, 2019
METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takinami Visits Germany and Denmark
Apr 8, 2019
Tour for Visiting Industrial Sites for Business Establishment under the Fukushima Innovation Coast Scheme to be Held
Apr 8, 2019
Smart Mobility Challenge to Start
Apr 8, 2019
Council for Promoting Society Utilizing of Electrified Vehicles to be launched
Apr 8, 2019
Automated Driving-related IT Human Resources Strategy Compiled
Apr 8, 2019
Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting 2019 to be Held
Apr 8, 2019
International Conference on Carbon Recycling to be Held
Apr 8, 2019
LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2019 to be Held
Apr 5, 2019
Report on Content Services Utilizing Blockchain Technologies Released
Apr 5, 2019
FY2018 Collection of Case Examples of Successful Projects under the IP Acceleration Program for Startups (IPAS) Released
Apr 5, 2019
Case Examples of Leading International Businesses Contributing to Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Selected
Apr 5, 2019
METI’s Survey Results of Case Examples by Convenience Store Chain Affiliates Released
Apr 5, 2019
New Support Measures for Active Participation by Highly-skilled Foreign Professionals in Mid-ranking Enterprises and SMEs
Apr 4, 2019
English Translation Version of the Contract Guidelines on Utilization of AI and Data Released
Apr 2, 2019
First Japan-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue Held
Apr 1, 2019
Cross-border M&A Forum Titled “Cross-border M&A: a Trigger Encouraging Companies to Cultivate Business Growth - Methodology for Taking Advantage of Cross-border M&A for Management” to be Held
Apr 1, 2019
Partial Revision of Ministerial Order as Basis for Calculating Imbalance Rates
Apr 1, 2019
Fourteenth Round of the Negotiations for a Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
Mar 29, 2019
Survey Results of Factory Location Trends in 2018 (Preliminary Report) (January-December)
Mar 29, 2019
New Energy Conservation Standards for Electronic Computers Formulated
Mar 29, 2019
Guidelines and Collection of Use Case Examples Compiled for Promoting Safe Use of Drones in Plants
Mar 29, 2019
Guidance for Encouraging Japanese Companies to Address International Initiatives on Climate Change Formulated
Mar 29, 2019
Explanation of Offshore Wind Power Facility Standards for Maintenance and Management Released
Mar 29, 2019
JPO Status Report 2019 Released
Mar 29, 2019
Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Rational Use of Energy
Mar 29, 2019
New Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses Formulated
Mar 29, 2019
Preliminary Report of the 2018 Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises (Performance Results Based on the FY2017 Closing Accounts) Compiled
Mar 29, 2019
QR Code Payments Standard Determined
Mar 28, 2019
Program for Advancing the Comprehensive Distribution Policy Revised
Mar 28, 2019
The 155th Survey of SME Business Conditions (January-March 2019) Released
Mar 28, 2019
Information on Events and Efforts in March under the Premium Friday Initiative
Mar 27, 2019
METI Releases Results of the Quarterly Survey of Overseas Subsidiaries (October - December 2018)
Mar 26, 2019
METI and MEXT Report “The Coming Era of Mathematical Capitalism - How the Power of Mathematics Changes Our Future-”
Mar 26, 2019
The Government of Japan Offers Full Cooperation for the Asia-Pacific Water Summit in 2020
Mar 26, 2019
Results of the 2018 Basic Survey on the Information and Communications Industry
Mar 26, 2019
The Liaison Conference for Acceptance of Foreign Human Resources with Specified Skills in the Manufacturing Industry Holds its First Meeting
Mar 25, 2019
Continuation of the Sale of Non-fossil Fuel Energy Certificates with Tracking Information in FY2019
Mar 25, 2019
METI and TSE to Hold an Event to Announce the 2019 Selected Competitive IT Strategy Companies and the Selected Noteworthy IT Strategy Companies
Mar 22, 2019
Winners of New Diversity Management Selection 100 and Diversity Management Selection 100 Prime in FY 2018
Mar 22, 2019
Announcement of the FY 2018 Nadeshiko Brands and Semi-Nadeshiko Brands
Mar 22, 2019
Release of the Regional Collective Trademark Guide Book 2019
Mar 22, 2019
Report on Unauthorized Computer Access and Progress of Access Control Feature Technology
Mar 20, 2019
METI to Launch Doorstep Delivery Service Conference
Mar 20, 2019
CITES Management Authorities of Japan and China Hold a Meeting
Mar 20, 2019
Release of the “Guidebook for Utilizing Trademark Learning from Case Examples”
Mar 20, 2019
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (March 2019)
Mar 19, 2019
Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act
Mar 19, 2019
Interim Report of the Future Innovations Working Group Released
Mar 19, 2019
National Project Data Catalogue to be Accessible on METI Website
Mar 19, 2019
Cabinet Approves the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Act for Rationalized Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons
Mar 18, 2019
New Establishment of the JIS on the Consecutive Measurement of Cure Shrinkage for Curable Resins (Adhesives)
Mar 18, 2019
METI to Hold a Symposium on “Innovative Business Realized by Next-Generation Computing”
Mar 15, 2019
Cabinet Orders concerning the Act of Promoting Utilization of Sea Areas in Development of Power Generation Facilities Using Maritime Renewable Energy Resources Approved
Mar 15, 2019
Invitation for Public Comments on the Interim Report (Draft) by the Study Group on Security Assessment of Cloud Services
Mar 15, 2019
Promulgation of METI Public Notice concerning the “Specific Skills” Criteria for Foreign Residents Engaging in the Manufacturing Industry
Mar 14, 2019
METI to Hold a Symposium titled “Find Job in Local Area through Smartphone Apps”
Mar 13, 2019
Five Businesses Newly Obtained “Murasaki Certification,” the Highest Grade in the Omotenashi Standard Certification System
Mar 12, 2019
Formulation of a New Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Mar 12, 2019
METI Starts Accepting Provisional Registration of Cashless Settlement Businesses under the Point Reward Project for Consumers using Cashless Payment
Mar 11, 2019
Invitation for Public Comments on the Guidelines for Cyber-Physical Security Measures for Building Systems, First Edition (Draft)
Mar 8, 2019
Symposium to be Held on Working Style Reforms
Mar 8, 2019
JPO Opens Member Registration for “IP Base” Website
Mar 8, 2019
METI Revises the “Guidebook for Introducing Incentive Plans for Sustainable Corporate Growth as Board Members’ Compensation to Encourage Companies to Promote Proactive Business Management”
Mar 8, 2019
Release of New Videos Showing the Current Status of Fukushima
Mar 8, 2019
Release of Brochure and Videos Explaining the Current Status of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Mar 7, 2019
Public Briefing on Results of Demonstration Research for Intersystem Coordination involving SME’s E-commerce and E-payment
Mar 6, 2019
Spoof Patrol: Demonstration plan under the Regulatory Sandbox Scheme approved for preventing unauthorized opening of internet bank accounts
Mar 6, 2019
Japan-Indonesia Government-Private Workshop on Clean Energy Technology to be Held
Mar 5, 2019
FY2017 PRTR Data Released
Mar 4, 2019
The 26th Asian Export Control Seminar Held
Mar 4, 2019
Results of the WEB Survey on Business Practices Causing Long Working Hours
Mar 4, 2019
Action Plan 2019 for the Consolidation of Security Measures for Credit Card Transactions Formulated
Mar 4, 2019
METI to hold “e-Sports” Seminar
Mar 4, 2019
MITOU KAIGI 2019 to be Held
Mar 3, 2019
METI Minister Seko Visits the Kingdom of Cambodia
Mar 1, 2019
Study Group for the Content Business Era Held
Mar 1, 2019
The Sixth IoT Lab Selection Event Held
Mar 1, 2019
Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Patent Act
Mar 1, 2019
METI to Hold Debrief Meetings on Outcomes of Demonstration Projects involving “Future Classroom – Learning Innovation"
Mar 1, 2019
Seventh Ministerial Meeting for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership to be Held
Feb 28, 2019
Preliminary Report of the 2018 Census of Manufacture Compiled
Feb 28, 2019
Blockchain Hackathon 2019 Held
Feb 28, 2019
Joint Event to be held for the Commendation Ceremony of FY2018 New Diversity Management Selection 100 and Announcement of FY2018 Nadeshiko Brands
Feb 28, 2019
March 3rd is World Wildlife Day
Feb 27, 2019
FY2018 Global Coordinators Conference Held Under the Framework of the Global Network Council Japan
Feb 27, 2019
METI Formulates Guidance for Integrated Corporate Disclosure Concerning Industrial and Product Safety
Feb 25, 2019
METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa Attends “Regional Business Conference in Ibaraki”
Feb 22, 2019
METI and MAFF to Fortify their Collaboration for Promoting Export of Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products and Foods
Feb 21, 2019
37 Enterprises Selected under the 2019 Health & Productivity Stock Selection Program
Feb 21, 2019
Announcement of Organizations Recognized under the 2019 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program
Feb 21, 2019
Information on Events and Efforts in February under the Premium Friday Initiative
Feb 20, 2019
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (February 2019)
Feb 19, 2019
Symposium on Human Resource Development Toward Utilization of Nursing Care Robots to be Held
Feb 19, 2019
Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program with Viet Nam to be Expanded
Feb 18, 2019
METI to Hold a Symposium on Quantum Computing Technologies
Feb 18, 2019
IOSCO Final Report on Commodity Storage and Delivery Infrastructures: Good or Sound Practices
Feb 15, 2019
METI Revises the Plan for the Development of Marine Energy and Mineral Resources
Feb 15, 2019
METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa Visits Washington, D.C., the United States
Feb 15, 2019
Japan-Vietnam Government-Private Workshop on Clean Energy Technology to be Held
Feb 15, 2019
METI Minister Seko Holds Meeting with WIPO Director General Gurry
Feb 14, 2019
Official Logo and Symbolic Mark for the Japan Pavilion of the Expo 2020 Dubai Determined
Feb 14, 2019
Twenty-fifth Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
Feb 14, 2019
Winners of the Fifth National Championship of Business Startup Schools Determined
Feb 14, 2019
METI to Launch Subcommittee on Electricity Resilience towards a Decarbonized Society
Feb 14, 2019
METI State Minister Seki Visits the Republic of South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Madagascar