January 2019 Japanese Industry and Policy News

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

SURVEY AND BUSINESS DATA
・Visitor Arrivals Increased by 8.7% to Reach Record of 31.2 Million
・Number of Visiting Cruise Travelers Recorded a Slight Decrease
・Installed Capacity of Wind Power Generation was 3,654 MW at the end of 2018

COMPANY NEWS
・Switching Fuel from Coal to Natural Gas in Power Generation
・TEPCO and Ørsted Sign MOU to Work Jointly on Offshore Wind Projects
・Tohoku Electric Enhances Development of Renewables
・Hitachi Strengthens Wind Power Generation System Business
・NTN Claims Having Captured the Top Market Share in Condition Monitoring Systems for Wind Turbines in Japan
・ANA and JAL Adopt Bio Jet Fuel to Reduce CO2 Emissions
・SDK Group Develops Ultralight Laminate-type Radiator for EV Battery Modules
・Toyota and Panasonic Agree to Establish Joint Venture for Automotive Prismatic Batteries
・Largest-Scale Mega-Solar Power Plant Completed in Vietnam

ADDITIONAL TOPICS
・METI Established the Clean Ocean Material Alliance
・Three Japanese Chemical Manufacturers Join New Global Alliance to Help End Plastic Waste in the Environment
・Keidanren Compiles Actions by the Japanese Business Community on Long-term Global Warming Countermeasures up to 2050
・METI to Conduct Drone Demonstration Test for Plant Safety
・METI Kansai Launched Passenger Drone Development Project
・International Tourist Tax Introduced in January
・METI Released a Summary Report on the Fifth EU-Japan CSR WG
・METI Released IAEA Final Report on Fourth Review of Fukushima Decommissioning

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