January 2018 Japanese Industry and Policy News

Topics covered in the January issue:

LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS
・New Program for Advancing the Comprehensive Distribution Policy Decided
・Grand Prix Winner of the Japan Healthcare Business Contest Selected
・Winners of the 7th Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award Announced
・World's First Test of Expressway Traveling of CACC-mounted Trucks in a Caravan with Drivers in the Second and Following Trucks Launched

SURVEY AND BUSINESS DATA
・Unemployment Rate Went Down to 2% level
・Active Job Opening-to-applicants Ratio Continues to Improve
・New Installation of Wind Power Generation Recorded Decline for 2 Consecutive Years
・Sales of Foreign-brand Cars Reached Highest in 20 Years
・New Record of 28 Million Foreign Visitors Arrived in 2017

COMPANY NEWS
・Chubu Electric Power and Toyota to Start EV Battery Reuse and Recycling Verification Project

ADDITIONAL TOPICS
・JPO Adopted a Special Mark for Regional Brands Protection System
・Advanced Small Radar Satellite "ASNARO-2" Launched Successfully
・NEDO Launches Full-scale Smart Grid Demonstration Project in India

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