On 1 February 2019, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan came into force. It is the biggest trade deal that the EU has signed to date and represents nearly 30% of global GDP and 40% of global trade. It is also the largest open-trade zone in the world, covering 600 million people.
By Jonathan Arias in the framework of the Minerva Fellowship Programme.
Topics covered in the October issue: LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS・Winners of the 3Rs Promotion Merit Awards Announced SURVEY AND BUSINESS DATA・Forecast of Global Supply and Demand Trends for Petrochemical Products Compiled・Public Opinion on Plastic Litter Surveyed・Starting Salaries Keep Upward Trend・Rugby World Cup Contributed to the Increase of Foreign Visitors
Topics covered in the November issue: LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS・Task Force for Promoting Public Usage of Robots Launched・FIT-Based Purchase Contracts between Household Consumers and Electricity Companies Start to Expire Sequentially・Partial Revision of the Patent Act, etc. Takes Effect Next April・Product Safety Awards Winners Announced・Draft Action Plan on Promoting Electrified Vehicles Use in Disaster Prepared
Topics covered in the September issue: LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS・Strategy for Developing Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Technologies Formulated・METI Hosted a Series of Conferences on Hydrogen Energy, Carbon Recycling and LNG Producer-Consumer Conference・Guidelines for Proper Electric Power Trade Revised・Category of Inward Direct Investment Act, etc to be Revised and Modified
Topics covered in the August issue: LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS・Two Bodies Related to Sustainable Energy Inaugurated SURVEY AND BUSINESS DATA・Construction Investment is Estimated to Grow by 3.4% in FY2019・Foreign Visitors Recorded Highest in July・Report Titled "How to Design 'Public' in a digital age" Compiled