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Jul 16, 2019
Release of the White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2019
Jul 8, 2019
Recent Trends in AI-related Inventions
Jul 4, 2019
Symposium Titled “Next Generation Computer Creates New Business” Held
Jul 1, 2019
METI State Minister Isozaki Visits Turkmenistan
Jul 1, 2019
Mr. Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia, Attends Meetings Related to the G20 Osaka Summit
Jul 1, 2019
Non-fossil Fuel Energy Certificates with Tracking Information to be Sold Utilizing the FY2019 First Auction for Non-Fossil Fuel Energy Certificates
Jul 1, 2019
Update of METI's licensing policies and procedures on exports of controlled items to the Republic of Korea
Jun 28, 2019
Report of the SDG Management / ESG Investment Study Group Compiled
Jun 28, 2019
World Robot Summit 2020 to be Held
Jun 26, 2019
Results Compiled of the Review on the Circumstances Surrounding the Electricity Business toward the Legal Unbundling of the Transmission/Distribution Sector
Jun 26, 2019
The 2019 Report on Compliance by Major Trading Partners with Trade Agreements (WTO, FTA/EPA and IIA) and the METI Priorities Based on the 2019 Report Released
Jun 24, 2019
Newly Selected Startups Released under the Public-Private Joint Initiative for Supporting Startups called “J-Startup Program”
Jun 20, 2019
Symposium Celebrating Inauguration of the Council for Electrified Vehicle Society to be Held
Jun 20, 2019
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (June 2019)
Jun 19, 2019
The 2nd Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan to be Held
Jun 18, 2019
Cabinet Decides Basic Plan for Small Enterprise Promotion (Second Version)
Jun 18, 2019
Japan and France Agree to Strengthen Ties in Commercial Aircraft Industry
Jun 18, 2019
“Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 2.0” Formulated
Jun 18, 2019
Acceptance of Applications Commences for Participation in the Overseas Job Fair Project
Jun 18, 2019
Twenty-Sixth Round of Negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
Jun 18, 2019
Smart Mobility Challenge Project Launched
Jun 18, 2019
G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth Held
Jun 17, 2019
Guidelines for Cyber-Physical Security Measures for Building Systems (First Version) Formulated
Jun 17, 2019
Global Niche Top Companies Survey Compiled
Jun 17, 2019
The 12th IP5 Heads of Office Meeting held
Jun 17, 2019
The International Roundtable on Final Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste to be Held
Jun 14, 2019
G20-IEA Hydrogen Report Launch Event Held
Jun 13, 2019
Current State of Enforcement of the Act on Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances (Collection Results) and Results of Recycling Efforts by Home Appliance Manufacturers (FY2018 Results)
Jun 13, 2019
METI State Minister Seki Visits the Russia, Slovenia, and North Macedonia
Jun 13, 2019
Fifteenth Round of the Negotiations for a Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
Jun 12, 2019
Trade Remedy Seminar to be Held
Jun 11, 2019
Details of SME Cybersecurity Project (Cybersecurity Support Ranger) Demonstration Released
Jun 11, 2019
FY2018 Measures to Promote Manufacturing Technology (White Paper on Monodzukuri 2019) Released
Jun 10, 2019
Two Institutes in India were certified as members of the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM)
Jun 10, 2019
First Japan-China Ministerial Dialogue on Industry between METI and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China Held (Summary of the Results)
Jun 10, 2019
G20 Ibaraki-Tsukuba Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy Held
Jun 10, 2019
METI Minister Seko had a Meeting with H.E. Mr. Maksim Stanislavovich Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development, Special Representative for Trade and Economic Cooperation with Japan of the Russian Federation
Jun 10, 2019
METI Minister Seko Holds a Meeting with Minister Le Maire, France
Jun 7, 2019
Public-Road Demonstration Tests of Autonomous Driving System Using Driverless Trucks in Caravan on Expressway to be Held
Jun 7, 2019
Official Website for Revision of Automobile Taxation Systems Launched
Jun 7, 2019
Film Industry Survey Planned to Further Develop Human Resources in the Business
Jun 7, 2019
METI Minister Seko Attends a Signing Ceremony of Memorandum of Cooperation between Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and a Group of Japanese and Foreign International Banks to Encourage Mobilizing the capital of Institutional Investors for Infrastructure Exports
Jun 7, 2019
Roadmap for Carbon Recycling Technologies Formulated
Jun 7, 2019
The Cabinet Approves the FY 2018 Annual Report on Energy (Japan’s Energy White Paper 2019)
Jun 6, 2019
Official Website for the Japan Pavilion of Expo 2020 Dubai Opens
Jun 4, 2019
Winners of the Vibrant HABATAKU Small and Medium Enterprises 300 Program and the Vibrant HABATAKU Shopping Districts 30 Program Selected
Jun 3, 2019
New Value of Fuel Efficiency Standards for Passenger Vehicles and Other Targets Presented
Jun 3, 2019
Plan for Advancement of Integration and Streamlining of Distribution Business Approved under the Act on Advancement of Integration and Streamlining of Distribution Business
May 31, 2019
Organizer of World Expo 2025 designated under the Act on Special Measures Necessary for Preparing for and Managing the World Expo 2025
May 31, 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”
May 31, 2019
METI State Minister Isozaki Visits Canada
May 31, 2019
METI Minister Seko Visits the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore
May 31, 2019
The Guide for SDG Business Management Compiled
May 30, 2019
Event for Disseminating “JPQR” and Encouraging Businesses to Use It to be Held
May 29, 2019
METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa Visit to Chile, Brazil, Peru and the United States
May 29, 2019
Japan reported the Progress in Preparations for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, at 165th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)
May 28, 2019
Enforcement Status of the Basel Convention and Domestic Laws Concerning Import/Export of Specified Hazardous Wastes in 2018
May 27, 2019
Addition of Businesses Required to Submit Prior Notification Concerning Inward Direct Investment, etc.
May 24, 2019
Super Creators Certified under Exploratory IT Human Resources Project
May 24, 2019
METI Minister Seko Attends Sixth Trilateral Meeting of Trade Ministers, OECD Ministerial Council Meeting and WTO Informal Ministerial Meeting
May 23, 2019
Demonstration Test of Drones Taking Advantage of Quasi-Zenith Satellite System called “Michibiki” Conducted
May 23, 2019
Joint Statement on Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers Released
May 23, 2019
Announcement of the Winners of the Nippon Venture Awards
May 22, 2019
Symposium for Smart Mobility Challenge to be Held
May 21, 2019
Options for Rulemaking to Address the Rise of Platform Businesses Released
May 21, 2019
METI Nudge Unit Inaugurated
May 21, 2019
TCFD Consortium to be inaugurated
May 20, 2019
Fourth Round of Certification Issued to IT-Training Courses Meeting the Fourth Industrial Revolution
May 20, 2019
New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (May 2019)
May 20, 2019
New JIS as Safety Standards for Robot Services Established
May 20, 2019
METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa Visited Belgium
May 20, 2019
METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa Attends the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting
May 17, 2019
Collaborative Support Plans for Leading Projects under the Regional Future Investment Promotion Act Approved
May 17, 2019
Consent on Basic Plan Submitted by Municipality under the Regional Future Investment Promotion Act Given
May 17, 2019
Target Areas and Organizers Determined for the Project for Demonstrating Measures for Supporting SMEs in Conducting Post-Accident Measures Involving Cybersecurity (Cybersecurity Support Ranger)
May 17, 2019
Future Directions for Addressing Reconstruction Measures Based on Results of Report Released by WTO Appellate Body
May 17, 2019
METI State Minister Isozaki Attends G7 Digital Ministerial Meeting
May 17, 2019
Collection Compiled of Reference Cases for Prior Notice and Announcement: As Part of the Guidebook for Utilization of Camera Images
May 16, 2019
Results of FY2018 E-Commerce Market Survey Compiled
May 16, 2019
Series of Events Titled “Fair for Encouraging SMEs to Take Advantage of the Reduced Tax Rates and Introduce Cashless Payment Systems” to be Held at Eight Venues Across Japan
May 16, 2019
Preparation of a System for Accepting Applications for Affiliated Stores Completed and Schedule of Explanatory Meetings Released
May 15, 2019
Report Titled “GLocal Growth Strategy” Compiled by the GLocal Growth Strategy Study Group
May 15, 2019
Invitation for Public Comments on the Draft of “Fair M&A Guidelines; Enhancing Corporate Value and Protecting Shareholders’ Interest”
May 15, 2019
Observation Images Sent from Satellite Called “Tsubame” to be Released through Satellite Data Platform Called “Tellus”
May 15, 2019
Report Compiled on Results of the Questionnaire Survey for Challenges in Product Safety in Aging Society
May 14, 2019
Call for Applicants for the FY2019 Best Contributors to Product Safety Awards (PS Awards 2019) Program Starts
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 13, 2019
Call for Applicants for the Young Professionals Japan Program
May 10, 2019
The Cabinet approves orders for enforcing the Act on Special Measures Necessary for Preparing for and Managing the World Expo 2025 
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
Results of FY2018 University-Oriented Venture Business Survey and Database Redesigned
May 8, 2019
Guidelines for Universities’ Acquisition of Shares and Share Options etc. of their University-Oriented Venture Businesses Formulated
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
METI to Hold “Symposium to discuss cyber security measures across the supply chain; Think about cyber security for DFFT (Data Free Flow with Trust) toward G20”
Apr 26, 2019
2019 White Papers on Small and Medium Enterprises and Small Enterprises Released
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
J-PlatPat improvements to Allow Same Day or Previous Day Retrieval of Examination Results
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
Call Starts for Applicants for Pilot Areas Willing to Engage in Public Implementation of New Mobility Services Utilizing of IoT and AI
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
List of Services that Meet Information Security Service Standards Updated
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