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Jul 31, 2020
TCFD Guidance 2.0 published
Jul 30, 2020
Discussions to Start on Basic Concepts for the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan
Jul 30, 2020
Panel Established under the WTO Agreement Regarding India’s Measures Concerning Tariff Increases on ICT Products
Jul 29, 2020
Report on Trends in Regional Economies and Industries in May 2020 Compiled
Jul 29, 2020
Japan and ASEAN produced ASEAN-Japan Economic Resilience Action Plan
Jul 28, 2020
Report on New Energy Conservation Standards for Gas or Oil Water Heaters Compiled
Jul 28, 2020
Successful Projects Selected for the TOTTEOKI Project
Jul 27, 2020
Recent Trends in AI-related Inventions
Jul 25, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Attends APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting via Video Conference
Jul 23, 2020
METI State Minister Makihara Participates in G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting via Video Conference
Jul 22, 2020
The 13th IP5 Heads of Office Meeting Held
Jul 22, 2020
“Service Industry Productivity Study Group” to be Inaugurated
Jul 21, 2020
Distribution MaaS to be Launched
Jul 20, 2020
“Surveys and Research on Strategies for Rule Making in e-Sports Competitions” to be Launched
Jul 20, 2020
New Municipality Joins the Support Program for Regional Foreign Direct Investment in Japan (Sapporo City)
Jul 20, 2020
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (July 2020)
Jul 17, 2020
Successful Applicants Selected for the Program for Strengthening Domestic Supply Chains
Jul 17, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Holds Meeting with H.E. Mr. Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market, via Video Conference
Jul 15, 2020
Call for Applicants for New Diversity Management Selection 100 and Diversity Management Selection 100 Prime in FY2020 Starts on July 22 (Wed.), 2020
Jul 14, 2020
First Meeting of “Study Group on the Comprehensive Physical Distribution Policy in the 2020s” to be Held
Jul 14, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Holds Meeting with H.E. Mr. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, and H.E. Mr. Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, Minister of Industry, Indonesia, via Video Conference
Jul 13, 2020
Report “GOVERNANCE INNOVATION: Redesigning Law and Architecture for Society 5.0” Compiled
Jul 10, 2020
Public-Private Action Plan Formulated toward Promotion of Smart Industrial Safety in Petroleum and Chemical Plants
Jul 10, 2020
“Manual for Promoting Use of Electrified Vehicles in Disaster Situations” Compiled
Jul 10, 2020
International Conference on Carbon Recycling 2020 to be Held
Jul 10, 2020
Public Road Demonstration Tests of Mid-Sized Buses with Autonomous Driving Systems to be Launched
Jul 10, 2020
Online Event of Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting to be Held
Jul 10, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Attends IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit Via Video Conference
Jul 10, 2020
LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2020 to be Held
Jul 9, 2020
Agreement Reached to Inaugurate ASEAN-Japan Patent Experts Meeting
Jul 9, 2020
First Meeting of Public-Private Council on Enhancement of Industrial Competitiveness for Offshore Wind Power Generation to be Held
Jul 8, 2020
Please Verify the Terms and Conditions of Your Electricity and Gas Contracts
Jul 8, 2020
Steel Demand Prospects for the Second Quarter of FY2020 (July-September 2020)
Jul 7, 2020
New Project “Zero-Emission Challenge” to Start
Jul 7, 2020
Joint Meeting of the First Meeting of the Green Innovation Strategy Meeting and the First Meeting of the Working Group for the Green Innovation Strategy Meeting Held
Jul 7, 2020
Thirty-First Round of Negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
Jul 7, 2020
Release of the White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2020
Jul 3, 2020
FY2020 Promising Sea Areas and Sites Selected for Future Designation of Project Target Areas
Jul 3, 2020
List of Travel Medicine Clinics and Hospitals Providing PCR Tests for the Public
Jul 3, 2020
Winners of the Supply Chain Innovation Award 2020 Recognized
Jul 1, 2020
Call for Outstanding Businesses as Applicants for FY2020 Excellent Green Logistics Commendation Program
Jul 1, 2020
List of Cashless Payment Companies’ Commission Charges, Deposit Cycles and Other Information Released in a Retrievable Form
Jul 1, 2020
FY2020 Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign to be Held
Jun 30, 2020
Two Documents Compiled: “Guideline for Enhancing Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Activities (Supplemental Version)” and “University Factbook 2020”
Jun 30, 2020
“Model Contracts Ver.1.0 for Promoting Open Innovation between R&D-based Startups and Business Entities” Compiled
Jun 30, 2020
The 160th Survey of SME Business Conditions (April-June 2020) Released
Jun 29, 2020
Successful Applicants Determined for Research and Development of Enhanced Infrastructures for Post 5G Information Communication Systems
Jun 29, 2020
Initiation of an Anti-Dumping Duty Investigation of Dipotassium Carbonate Originating in the Republic of Korea
Jun 26, 2020
Information on Disinfection and Sterilization Methods against the Novel Coronavirus Compiled Jointly with MHLW and CAA
Jun 26, 2020
Surfactants and Hypochlorous Acid Solution for Removal of Coronavirus from Surfaces (Final Announcement)
Jun 26, 2020
Results of Quarterly Survey of Overseas Subsidiaries Compiled (January-March in 2020)
Jun 26, 2020
“Basic Framework of the Cross-appointment System and Points to Note (Supplementary Version)” Compiled
Jun 26, 2020
Report on Trends in Regional Economies and Industries in April 2020 Compiled
Jun 25, 2020
Two Online Seminars on Incorporating Foreign Human Resources with Specified Skills in the Manufacturing Industry to be Held
Jun 24, 2020
Guidelines Established for Public Tender for Occupancy of the Area Offshore Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture, which was Designated as a Project Target Area (Start of Call for Applicants for Project Operators)
Jun 24, 2020
Public-Private Council on Smart Industrial Safety Holds its First Meeting
Jun 23, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Attends the 10th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intersessional Ministerial Meeting
Jun 23, 2020
Call for Applicants for the “Start Next Innovator 2020” Program Starts
Jun 22, 2020
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (June 2020)
Jun 22, 2020
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intersessional Ministerial Meeting to be Held
Jun 22, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Holds Meeting with H.E. Mr. Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Trade , via Video Conference
Jun 22, 2020
Discussions to Start on Proposal of New International Standard for “Smartphone-based Personal Identification”
Jun 19, 2020
“Guidelines for Measures against Flood Disasters at Electricity Facilities in Buildings” Compiled
Jun 16, 2020
Public Notice and Inspection Regarding Plans for Offshore Power Generation
Jun 16, 2020
Notification Issued for Entry into Force of the First Protocol to Amend the Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Partnership among Japan and Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Jun 16, 2020
Tokyo Zero-emission Innovation Bay Holds its First General Assembly
Jun 16, 2020
Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence Founded
Jun 15, 2020
New International Standard for Method of Distinguishing Animal Hair Fibers proposed by Japan was issued
Jun 15, 2020
METI State Minister Makihara Attends Ministerial Meeting of Ottawa Group via Video Conference
Jun 15, 2020
Addition of Pharmaceutical and Special Medical Device Manufacturing businesses, to Core Designated Business Sectors Subject to Inward Direct Investment Screening
Jun 12, 2020
Guidelines for Administrative Accounting of Investment in Health and Productivity Management Formulated
Jun 12, 2020
“Stop Piracy!” Cartoons Prepared for Raising Public Awareness
Jun 12, 2020
Report on the Recognition of Recent Circumstances Surrounding Industries in relation to Cybersecurity and Directions of Future Efforts Compiled
Jun 10, 2020
Government to Encourage Companies to Prepare and Announce the “Declaration of Partnership Building”
Jun 8, 2020
Call for Expert Applicants for Supporters of Startups under IP Acceleration Program for Startups (IPAS2020) to Open
Jun 8, 2020
Additional Sites for Supporting Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses to Open
Jun 5, 2020
Framework for Supporting Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses to be Enhanced
Jun 5, 2020
Call for Applicants for Ninth Robot Awards Program to be Extended
Jun 5, 2020
Cabinet Decision Made on the FY 2019 Annual Report on Energy (Japan’s Energy White Paper 2020)
Jun 4, 2020
ASEAN Plus Three Economic Ministers’ Joint Statement on Mitigating the Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Issued
Jun 3, 2020
Operation of the Information System Security Management and Assessment Program (ISMAP) Starts
Jun 3, 2020
New International Standard for Indirect, Temperature-Controlled Refrigerated Delivery Services Issued
Jun 2, 2020
Toward Government Strategies for Enhancing Material Innovation Power (Report Compiled by the Strategy Preparation Meeting)
Jun 2, 2020
AIST to Establish “Tokyo Zero-emission Innovation Bay”
Jun 1, 2020
Guidelines for Energy Resource Aggregation Business Revised
May 29, 2020
Industrial Technology Vision 2020 Compiled
May 29, 2020
Third Edition of the White Paper on Open Innovation Compiled
May 29, 2020
Guidelines on Performance Evaluation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Developed
May 29, 2020
R&D and Innovation Subcommittee Compiles its Interim Report 2020 Titled “Toward Creation of Innovations as a Source for Generating Value from Future Demands”
May 29, 2020
“Guidelines for Improvement of Working Conditions and Reducing Overtime Work through Cooperation between Consignors and Transportation Businesses in the Distribution Industry Involving Paper and Pulp (in the Field of Paper and Paperboard)” Formulated
May 29, 2020
“Guidelines for Improvement of Working Conditions and Reducing Overtime Work through Cooperation between Consignors and Transportation Businesses in the Distribution Industry Involving Paper and Pulp (in the Field of Household Paper)” Formulated
May 29, 2020
Surfactants to Help Removal of Coronavirus from Surfaces (Second Announcement)
May 29, 2020
FY2019 Measures to Promote Manufacturing Technology (White Paper on Monodzukuri 2020) Released
May 28, 2020
Super Creators Certified under Exploratory IT Human Resources Project
May 28, 2020
Report on Trends in Regional Economies and Industries in March 2020 Compiled
May 27, 2020
Additional Sites for Supporting Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses to Open
May 27, 2020
Results of the 49th Basic Survey on Overseas Business Activities (July 2019 Survey) Compiled
May 27, 2020
Results Compiled for the Electricity Supply and Demand for the Winter of FY2019 as well as Outlook and Measures for Electricity Supply and Demand for the Summer of FY2020
May 27, 2020
Acceptance of Applications Starts for Subsidies under the Subsidy Project of the Japan Content Localization and Distribution Live Entertainment (Subsidy Project J-LODlive)
May 26, 2020
“2019 Knowledge Collection of the Project for Dispatching IP Strategy Designers to Universities - Toward Creation of Innovations from Unknown IP of Universities -” Released
May 26, 2020
Materials Concerning Approaches to Enhancing Proper Mold Management Released
May 25, 2020
The 2020 Report on Compliance by Major Trading Partners with Trade Agreements (WTO, FTA/EPA and IIA) and the METI Priorities Based on the 2020 Report Released
May 22, 2020
Notice to Shareholders
May 22, 2020
Package of Measures for Supporting Businesses in Resuming their Business Operation Formulated
May 22, 2020
Circular Economy Vision 2020 Compiled
May 22, 2020
Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Control, etc. of Specific Chemicals
May 22, 2020
Surfactants to Help Removal of Coronavirus from Surfaces (First Announcement)
May 21, 2020
Measure for Supporting Organizations in Advancing Research and Development of Technologies for Addressing the Novel Coronaviruses Disease and Other Infectious Diseases Starts
May 21, 2020
The Round-Table Panel for the Post 2020 Infrastructure Systems Export Strategy Compiles Interim Report (Electricity and Energy)
May 20, 2020
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (May 2020)
May 18, 2020
Additional Sites for Supporting Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses to Open
May 18, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Holds Meeting with H.E. Mr. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Australia, via Video Conference
May 18, 2020
Circular Economy and Resource Circulation for Plastics Finance Study Group will be Held
May 15, 2020
Report on Large-scale CCS Demonstration Project Compiled
May 15, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Attends Second G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting via Video Conference
May 15, 2020
Report Compiled on Results of Survey on University-Oriented Venture Businesses and Collection of Case Examples of Leading University-Oriented Venture Businesses’ Efforts for Team Building
May 15, 2020
Partial Revision of Act on Facilitation of Information Processing (Act No. 67 of 2019) Comes into Force
May 13, 2020
Additional Sites for Supporting Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses to Open
May 13, 2020
Thirtieth Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
May 12, 2020
The Subcommittee on Business Discussions on Autonomous Driving Technologies Compiles “Progress report on efforts to support the development of autonomous driving technologies and create adequate policies version 4.0 ”
May 11, 2020
The JPO Acquires Patent Right for System for Searching Patent Documents
May 11, 2020
Sites for Supporting Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses to Open
May 8, 2020
Change in the Method of Calculating the Amount of Subsidies to be Paid to Companies under the “Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses”
May 8, 2020
Third AI Edge Contest to be Held
May 8, 2020
Review of the End User List
May 7, 2020
New International Standard for Partially-Automated Lane-Change Systems proposed by Japan was issued
May 5, 2020
APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Issue Joint Statement on COVID-19
May 4, 2020
Expo 2020 Dubai opening postponed to October 2021
May 1, 2020
Convenience Store Chains Compile Reports on Progress of Action Plans
May 1, 2020
Japan-led New International Standard for Safety of Large-scale stationary Electrical Energy Storage Systems Issued
May 1, 2020
Private Financial Institutions Start Provision of Substantially Interest-free Funds without Requiring Collateral
May 1, 2020
Announcement of Information on Consultation Counters for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses
May 1, 2020
METI State Minister Makihara Participates in Extraordinary G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting via Video Conference
May 1, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Holds Meeting with H.E. Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, via Video Conference
May 1, 2020
Announcement of Progress in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sterilization Methods for Novel Coronavirus Disease
May 1, 2020
Call to Open for Applicants to Lead the Project for Research and Development of Enhanced Infrastructures for Post 5G Information Communication Systems
May 1, 2020
Businesses Determined to which METI Commissions “FY2020 Project for Enhancing Systems of Remote Heath Consultation Services under the Supplementary Budget”
May 1, 2020
Acceptance of Requests for Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses Starts
Apr 30, 2020
JPO Publishes Collection of Case Examples of Leading SMEs Taking Advantage of IP in Managing their Business, Titled “Rights”
Apr 30, 2020
Call for Applicants for the IP Acceleration Program for Startups (IPAS2020) to Open
Apr 30, 2020
First Joint Meeting to be Held between the METI Working Group on Resource Circulation Strategy for Plastics under the Waste and Recycling Subcommittee of the Committee on Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment of the Industrial Structure Council; and the MOE Subcommittee on Plastic Resource Circulation of the Working Group for a Circular Economy of the Central Environment Council
Apr 30, 2020
The 29th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Trade Negotiating Committee Meeting (RCEP TNC) Issues Joint Statement
Apr 30, 2020
Japan and Russia promote cooperation on countermeasures against COVID-19