December 2018 Japanese Industry and Policy News

Topics covered in the December issue:

LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS
・Principles for Rule Making to Address the Rise of Platform Businesses Formulated
・New System for Encouraging Foreign Entrepreneurs to Smoothly Start Business
・METI Formulates Guidance for Climate-related Financial Disclosure
・Discussions to Begin on Development of Standards for Maintenance and Management of Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities
・Roadmap toward Air Mobility Revolution Formulated
・Guidelines for Multilingualization in the Retail Sales Industry Released
・Joint Team for Promoting Exports of Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products and Foods Discusses Support Measures

SURVEY AND BUSINESS DATA
・Number of Visitor Arrivals to Japan Reached 30 million for the First Time
・One Third of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools are Equipped with Solar Power Facilities
・Slight Improvement Observed in Redelivery Ratio

COMPANY NEWS
・Ural Airlines Launches New Service between Vladivostok and Sapporo
・HondaJet Elite Deliveries Begin in Japan
・Restructuring of Automotive Lithium-Ion Battery Business
・Sumitomo Corp Invests in Kenyan 'pay-as-you-go' Solar and Finance Platform
・Sumitomo Corp Participates in Offshore Wind Farm Projects in France
・Collaboration between a House Builder and a Hotel in Introducing Wooden Straws

ADDITIONAL TOPICS
・Solicitation of opinions/information on fair M&A
・METI and JETRO Embark on New Portal Website "Open for Professionals"
・New Japan-oriented ISO Standard Issued for Equivalence Validation for Product Data
・Four New Projects Became Eligible for F/S Subsidy on Thermal Power Generation
・A Large Number of Initiatives Registered under the "Plastics Smart" Campaign

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