February 2020 Japanese Industry and Policy News

Topics covered in the February issue:

LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS
・Measures for Supporting SMEs Affected by Novel Coronavirus Announced
・Automobile Industry Council for Studying Countermeasures against the Novel Coronavirus to be Launched
・Revision of JIS Includes Way of Assessment for Photo Voltaic Cell Module
・Winners of the First ESG Finance Awards Announced

SURVEY AND BUSINESS DATA
・Preliminary Report of 2019 Basic Survey of Japanese Business Structure and Activities Compiled
・Census of Industry Reveals Increase of Employment and Shipment in Manufacturing Sector in 2019
・Factory Location Trends in the First Half of 2019 Announced
・Environment-related Sectors Remain Optimistic on Future Business

COMPANY NEWS
・Nippon Shokubai Succeeded in Improving the Performance of the Electrolyte for All Solid Polymer Batteries
・Nippon Shokubai Developed New Separator for Alkaline Water Electrolysis Which Supports the Conversion of Renewable Energy to "Green Hydrogen"
・Vegetable Factory Placed in a Supermarket
・Japan's First Wooden Structured High-rise Apartment to be Marketed
・Toyota and Panasonic to Establish Joint Venture Specializing in Automotive Prismatic Batteries
・JAL and Sumitomo Corporation Sign Agreement to Develop the Air Mobility Industry with Bell
・Test Flights of Cargo Drone for Construction Site Proved Successful
・SEKISUI CHEMICAL and Sumitomo Chemical to Cooperate on Circular Economy Initiative
・Toppan Launches Paper-based Food Packaging System for Freshness Preservation and Lower Environmental Impact
・EKO Instruments Pledge to Phase Out All Single-use Plastics
・SoftBank and Y! mobile Replace Plastic Bags with "Bio LIMEX Bags"
・Paper-using Laminated Tube Containers Developed
・NSG to Test the World's First Use of Hydrogen Fuel for Glass-Making
・Chubu Electric to Participate in Japan's First Commercial Large-scale Offshore Wind Power Generation Project in Akita Prefecture
・Chugoku Electric Power to Close Oil-Fired Power Plants
・Toyota Develops Fuel Cell System for Maritime Applications
・Panasonic Announces Withdrawal from Lighting Device Manufacturing in Europe
・ITOCHU Announces Strategic Investment in Winch Energy Limited Promoting Development of Non-Electrified Regions
・Chiyoda Corporation to Collaborate with Australian Hazer Group on Low Emission Hydrogen Production
・Marubeni Makes Investment in UK-based Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd
・Idemitsu Participates in a Large-scale Solar Power Generation Project in the Philippines
・Tokyo Gas invests in an American Company, Electriphi Specialized in Creating New Energy Services for Corporate EV Customers
・Sumitomo Heavy Industries Invests in Highview Enterprises Limited, U.K.
・Mitsubishi Chemical to Acquire European Engineering Plastics Recycling Companies
・Marubeni Acquires a Solar Power Developer in Taiwan
・Yanmar and Italian Smartgyro Announce Strategic Partnership in Boat Stabilization Systems

ADDITIONAL TOPICS
・JPO Facilitates the Spread of Green Technologies in the World
・World's Largest-Class Hydrogen Producing Base Using Renewable Energy to Start in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture
・JAL, together with Three Partners, to Start Feasibility Study on Sustainable Aviation Fuel Made from Plastic and Other Wastes
・JWPA and GWEC Launch Joint Task Force to Drive Offshore Wind Growth in Japan
・Japan and the United States Concluded MoC on Strengthening Energy and Infrastructure Finance and Market Building Cooperation

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