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.
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
Topics covered in the July issue: LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS・Key Technologies Shown in Energy Efficiency Technology Strategy 2016 Revised・Committee on Study of Standardizations for Marine Biodegradable Plastics Inaugurated・Promising Sea Areas and Sites Selected for Targeted Promotion
Topics covered in the May issue: LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS・Roadmap for Promoting Marine Biodegradable Plastics Formulated・"GLocal Growth Strategy" Compiled by a Study Group・The Guide for SDG Business Management Compiled・Manufacturers of Integrated Circuits, etc. Added as Businesses Required to Submit Prior Notification in Making Inward Direct Investment
Topics covered in the February issue: LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS・METI to Launch an Expert Group on Electricity Resilience towards a Decarbonized Society・METI Revises the Plan for the Development of Marine Energy and Mineral Resources・METI Formulates Guidance for Integrated Corporate Disclosure Concerning Industrial and Product Safety
Topics covered in the January issue: LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS・METI Grants First Approval to Fukuoka City's Plan for Managing and Supporting Business Startup Activities by Foreign Entrepreneurs・METI Holds Explanatory Meeting on the New System for Acceptance of Foreign Human Resources in the Manufacturing Industry・METI State Minister Signed Agreement with the Boeing Company on Cooperation in Aircraft Technology