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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 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
Thirtieth Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
May 11, 2020
Sites for Supporting Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses to Open
May 8, 2020
Third AI Edge Contest to be Held
May 8, 2020
Review of the End User List
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
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
Apr 28, 2020
One Standardization Project Theme Determined as New Standardization Projects to be Developed by Taking Advantage of the "Standardization System for Cultivating New Markets"
Apr 28, 2020
Deadlines for Submission of Documents Relating to the Act on the Rational Use of Energy are to be Extended in Response to the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease
Apr 28, 2020
Report on Trends in Regional Economies and Industries in February 2020 Compiled
Apr 28, 2020
Requests for Consultation on Novel Coronavirus Disease to be Accepted during the Golden Week Holidays
Apr 27, 2020
METI Program Helps Municipalities Introduce Cashless Payment Services
Apr 27, 2020
The Full-Fledged Operation of the JPQR (Merchant-Presented-Mode :MPM) , as Unified Standards for Barcode and QR Code Payments, Starts Nationwide, and “Bill Payment” is Newly Set Forth as One of the Recognized “JPQR” Methods
Apr 27, 2020
Guide for Filing Requests for the Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses and Other Information Published (Preliminary Version)
Apr 24, 2020
2020 White Papers on Small and Medium Enterprises and Small Enterprises Released
Apr 24, 2020
Scope of SMEs Targeted for Financial Assistance Due to Novel Coronavirus Expanded
Apr 24, 2020
Announcement to Consumers Facing Difficulties Paying Electricity or Gas Bills Due to Impacts of Novel Coronavirus Disease
Apr 24, 2020
Minister Kajiyama Holds Video Conference with H.E. Mr. Maksim Reshetnikov, Minister of Economic Development of Russia.
Apr 23, 2020
“The First Round-Table Panel for the Post 2020 Infrastructure Systems Export Strategy” to be Held
Apr 23, 2020
The 167th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Postponed
Apr 23, 2020
Series of Leaflets Prepared Explaining Industry-based Support Measures that Businesses Affected by the Novel Coronavirus Disease are Able to Utilize
Apr 22, 2020
Creation of New MaaS in Various Regions to be Promoted
Apr 22, 2020
“ASEAN-Japan Economic Ministers’ Joint statement on Initiatives on Economic Resilience” Formulated
Apr 20, 2020
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (April 2020)
Apr 17, 2020
Data on Pattern Paper of Medical Isolation Gowns to be Provided
Apr 17, 2020
Report on Discussion Results Concerning Streamlined Approaches to Identity Proofing for Online Services Compiled
Apr 17, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Holds Telephone Conference with H.E. Mr. Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam
Apr 17, 2020
World Robot Summit 2020 to be Postponed
Apr 16, 2020
Twenty-ninth Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
Apr 16, 2020
New Website Launched for Explaining Case Examples of Leading Retail Stores Engaging in Efforts for Preventing Expansion of Novel Coronavirus Disease
Apr 16, 2020
Current State of the Implementation of Recycling in FY2018 Based on the Act on Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances
Apr 16, 2020
METI to Convey Information on Menu of Support Measures for Businesses Affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease Utilizing LINE Application
Apr 15, 2020
Implementation of Effectiveness Evaluation of Sterilization Methods Against Novel Coronavirus
Apr 14, 2020
FY2018 Energy Supply and Demand Report (Revised Report)
Apr 14, 2020
Two Standardization Project Themes Determined as New Standardization Projects to be Developed by Taking Advantage of the “Standardization System for Cultivating New Markets”
Apr 13, 2020
Results of Assessment and Examinations of the Commitment to a Low-Carbon Society Compiled (FY2018 Performance)
Apr 13, 2020
METI Requested Related Associations to Promote Teleworking of Workers and Other Actions as Responses to Government’s Declaration of State of Emergency Involving Novel Coronavirus Disease
Apr 13, 2020
METI to Request Related Associations to Take Care in Maintaining Employment of Current Workers and Other Conditions as Responses to Novel Coronavirus Disease
Apr 11, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Attends G20 Extraordinary Energy Ministers Meeting via Video Conference
Apr 10, 2020
Systems Involving Regulations over Industrial Safety Revised
Apr 10, 2020
First Selection of Applicants for the J-Innovation Hub Initiative
Apr 10, 2020
“Guidelines for Safe Use of High Pressure Gas in Drones Driven by Hydrogen Fuel Cells” Compiled
Apr 9, 2020
Steel Demand Prospects for the First Quarter of FY2020 (April-June 2020)
Apr 8, 2020
Measure for Supporting SMEs Affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease to be Taken
Apr 8, 2020
“Fourteen Challenges that Startups Tend to Face and Measures for Overcoming the Challenges Based on the JPO’s Awareness through its IP Support Measures” Released
Apr 8, 2020
Acceptance of Requests for Consultation from SMEs, Small Enterprises and Other Entities Affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease to Start; Concerning Support Measures for Financing and Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses
Apr 7, 2020
Call for Applicants for the Ninth Robot Awards Program Opens
Apr 6, 2020
Second Meeting as Opportunity for Receiving Opinions from Parties Concerned to be Held Concerning Handling ALPS Treated Water
Apr 3, 2020
Responses to Opinions Received from the Public at Explanatory and hearing meeting Held by the Subcommittee on Handling of the ALPS-Treated Water (ALPS Subcommittee) Publicized
Apr 3, 2020
Counseling Counters on Incorporating Foreign Human Resources with Specified Skills in Three Sectors in Manufacturing Industry Opened
Apr 3, 2020
METI Sanctions a Person for Violated the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act
Apr 2, 2020
Q&A on Approaches to Conducting Shareholder Meetings Compiled as Measure for Addressing the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease
Apr 2, 2020
Release of IAEA “Review Report : Follow-up Review of Progress Made on Management of ALPS Treated Water and the Report of the Subcommittee on Handling of ALPS treated water at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station”
Mar 31, 2020
Study Group on Structural Changes in Mobility and Future Directions of Automobile Policies Beyond 2030 (Study Group on 2030 Mobility Visions) to be Inaugurated
Mar 31, 2020
JPO Status Report 2020 Released
Mar 31, 2020
M&A Guidelines for SMEs Formulated
Mar 31, 2020
Fuel Efficiency Standards for Passenger Vehicles in FY2030 Formulated
Mar 31, 2020
Request for Provision of Statistical Data that will Contribute to Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
Mar 31, 2020
"Current Status of Doorstep Delivery Service and Key Points for Implementation"
Mar 31, 2020
Report on Direction of IP Strategy and Support in the Space Sector Released
Mar 31, 2020
Revision of “Guidance for Encouraging Japanese Companies to Address International Initiatives on Climate Change: - Supporting Companies Making Use of Renewable Energy in Japan under Scope 2 Guidance of the GHG Protocol -”
Mar 31, 2020
"Concept Paper on Climate Transition Finance Principles"
Mar 31, 2020
Invitation for Public Comments on the Draft of “IoT Security Safety Framework“
Mar 31, 2020
Rapid Virus Detector "GeneSoC" Introduced to 16 Medical Institutions Nationwide
Mar 31, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Attends G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting via Video Conference
Mar 30, 2020
New International Resource Strategy Formulated
Mar 30, 2020
Report compiled by Like-minded Members of Working Group on Studying Model Terms and Conditions for Contracts on Data Sharing-type (Platform-type) Contracts as Effort Involving Contract Guidelines on Utilization of AI and Data
Mar 30, 2020
Preliminary Report of the Summary of the 2019 Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises (Performance Results Based on the FY2018 Closing Accounts) Compiled
Mar 30, 2020
Regional Collective Trademark Guide Book Issued
Mar 30, 2020
Meeting as Opportunity to Receive Opinions from Concerned Parties to be Held Concerning Handling ALPS Treated Water
Mar 27, 2020
Results of Survey on the Current State of the Sharing Economy and Other Data Compiled
Mar 27, 2020
Internal Restructuring to Enhance Measures against Counterfeit Goods
Mar 27, 2020
Call for Public Comments on Criteria on Security Assessment System (ISMAP) for Government Information Systems Draft Report
Mar 27, 2020
Results of A Nudge Approach Trial to Reduce Plastic Checkout Bags at Internal Government Stores
Mar 27, 2020
Program for Advancing the Comprehensive Distribution Policy Revised
Mar 27, 2020
Official Explanation of Technological Standards for Offshore Wind Power Facilities (Revised) Released
Mar 27, 2020
The 159th Survey of SME Business Conditions (January-March 2020) Released
Mar 27, 2020
METI Holds Award Ceremony for Winner of Space Development and Utilization Grand Prize
Mar 27, 2020
Survey Results of Factory Location Trends in 2019 (Preliminary Report) (January-December)
Mar 27, 2020
Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act
Mar 27, 2020
Drones instead of Eyes: Guidelines and Collection of Use Case Examples Upgraded for Promoting Safe Use of Drones in Plants
Mar 26, 2020
Report on Trends in Regional Economies and Industries in January 2020 Compiled
Mar 26, 2020
Current Situations of Fukushima to be Conveyed
Mar 25, 2020
Handbook for Preventing the Elderly from Being Involved in Product Accidents Formulated
Mar 25, 2020
Results of Quarterly Survey of Overseas Subsidiaries Compiled (October-December 2019)
Mar 25, 2020
Results of the 2019 Basic Survey on the Information and Communications Industry (Industry Performance in FY2018)
Mar 24, 2020
Easy-to-Understand Video Clip Produced Explaining Measures for Addressing Novel Coronavirus Disease
Mar 23, 2020
Open data on Government’s Support Measures and Search Service to be provided for Companies
Mar 23, 2020
Industries Subject to No.5 Safety Nets for Financing Guarantee to be Designated (target industries for the first quarter of FY2020)
Mar 23, 2020
Expo 2020 Dubai Japan Pavilion Unveils Official Uniforms
Mar 23, 2020
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (March 2020)
Mar 23, 2020
Examples of Design-Driven Management in Leading Companies Compiled
Mar 23, 2020
Japan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai Announces Fourth Wave of Sponsors and Donors (Nine new sponsors and two new donors to offer their support)
Mar 19, 2020
Video Clip on How to Wash Fabric Face Masks Produced
Mar 19, 2020
Japan Requests the Establishment of a Panel under the WTO Agreement Regarding India’s Measures Concerning Tariff Increase on ICT Products
Mar 16, 2020
Winners of New Diversity Management Selection 100 and Diversity Management Selection 100 Prime in FY 2019
Mar 13, 2020
Two Businesses Newly Received Highest Grade "Murasaki" of Omotenashi Standard Certification
Mar 13, 2020
Study Group’s Report on Measures for Vitalizing e-Sports Publicized
Mar 13, 2020
Companies to be Subsidized under the FY2019 Subsidy Project for Supporting Businesses in Introducing Facilities for Producing Face Masks Nominated
Mar 13, 2020
METI to Request Related Associations to Take Care in Recruiting Activities and for Students Given Informal Promises of Employment Based on Government Responses to Novel Coronavirus Disease
Mar 12, 2020
Information on Teleworking-related Measures as Responses to Government Measures against Novel Coronavirus Disease to be Conveyed
Mar 11, 2020
Call Opens for Applicants for Second Round of AI Frontier Program for Fostering Human Resources
Mar 11, 2020
Measure to be Taken to Support SMEs Affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease
Mar 11, 2020
SME Financial Consultation Counter to Open as a Measure Supporting SMEs and Small Enterprises Affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease
Mar 11, 2020
Program for Remote Health Consultation Services to Start
Mar 11, 2020
The Eighth Japan-Korea Export Control Policy Dialogue
Mar 10, 2020
Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act for Partial Revision of the Act on Facilitation of Management Succession of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises for Promotion of Business Succession of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and Other Acts (“Bill for the SMEs Growth Promotion Act”)
Mar 10, 2020
METI to Request Ordering Companies to Take Appropriate Care in Trading with Individual Business Operators and Freelancers Affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease
Mar 10, 2020
METI to Request Main Subcontracting Companies to Further Take Appropriate Care in Trading with their Subcontractors Affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease
Mar 10, 2020
Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on Emergency Measures for Stabilizing Living Conditions of the Public
Mar 9, 2020
Publish Information on Free-of-Charge and discounted Support Services Provided by Private Companies as Responses to Novel Coronavirus Disease with Standardized Open Data
Mar 9, 2020
Opening Ceremony of Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) Held with Prime Minister Abe and METI Minister Kajiyama
Mar 6, 2020
Guidelines Formulated for Selecting Stadiums and Arenas as Exchange Bases Bringing Together a Variety of Generations
Mar 6, 2020
Types of Used Vehicles Subject to the Subsidies for Safety Support Cars Determined
Mar 6, 2020
Announcement on the Eighth Japan-Korea Export Control Policy Dialogue
Mar 5, 2020
Report Compiled on the Status of the Occurrence of Acts of Unauthorized Computer Access and the Progress of Research and Development on Technology Relating to Access Control Features
Mar 5, 2020
Deregulatory Measures in Import and Export Procedures as a Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Mar 3, 2020
Announcement of the FY2019 Nadeshiko Brands and Semi-Nadeshiko Brands
Mar 3, 2020
Acceptance of Requests for Subsidies for Safety Support Cars Starts on March 9, 2020
Mar 3, 2020
Twentieth Meeting of Committee on Planning of the Corporate Reporting Lab Held
Mar 3, 2020
Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act for Partial Revision of the Installment Sales Act
Mar 2, 2020
Forty Enterprises Selected under the 2020 Health & Productivity Stock Selection Program
Mar 2, 2020
Announcement of Organizations Recognized under the 2020 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program
Feb 28, 2020
“Handbook for the Recruitment of International Students and Empowerment after Hiring” Formulated
Feb 28, 2020
Preliminary Report of the 2019 Census of Manufacture Compiled
Feb 28, 2020
Third Japan-U.K. Industrial Policy Dialogue Held
Feb 28, 2020
Measure for Supporting SMEs Affected by Novel Coronavirus to be Taken (Designation of Areas Subject to No.4 Safety Nets for Financing Guarantee)
Feb 27, 2020
METI Minister Kajiyama Holds Meeting with IAEA Director General Grossi
Feb 26, 2020
Guidelines on Approaches to Hybrid Virtual Shareholder Meetings Formulated
Feb 25, 2020
METI to Hold the Monodzukuri Exhibition (Manufacturing Exhibition)
Feb 25, 2020
METI State Minister Matsumoto Attends the National Assembly of Young Entrepreneurs Group of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Held in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, and Visits an Exhibition of Regional Specialties in which All Exhibitors Employed Cashless Payment Systems
Feb 25, 2020
Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act and Other Acts for Establishing Resilient and Sustainable Electricity Supply Systems