Monthly Japanese Industry and Policy News January 2023
Topics covered on the January 2023 issue:
・This was compiled by “Weekly Japanese Industrial and Policy News”.
Legislation and Policy News - METI signs Memorandum of Cooperation with U.S. on human rights in supply chains - METI and U.S. government release joint statement on energy security and clean energy transition - Japan and the United States conclude framework agreement on space cooperation - EU and Japan sign Administrative Arrangement for promotion of mutual sharing and utilization of satellite data - Former Japan-EU Business Roundtable Co-Chair Sakuyama visits Prime Minister Kishida and presents a proposal - Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Director General of National Telecommunications and Information Agency of the U.S. - Electric kickboard, no license required from July 1, can be ridden on "sidewalks" at speeds of 6 km/h or less - Trade ministers’ coalition meeting on climate change was held - The government aims to enact the GX promotion bill in the current Diet session
Survey and Business Data - Domestic new car sales in 2022 sluggish to the level of 50 years ago 4.2 million units, down 5.6% from the previous year - Corporate Goods Price Index rises 10.2% in December 2010, record high for the year - 2022 trade deficit hits record high of JP¥ 19.9 trillion impacted by higher resource prices and weaker JP¥ - Foreign visitors to Japan in 2022 was 3,831,900, the first increase in three years, but level of 10% to 2019
Company & Organization News - Sumitomo Forestry to construct a 7-story wooden office building in the United States - Sony-Honda launches sedan EV "AFEELA" in spring 2026 - JFE Steel acquires blue credits for seaweed bed development project using steel slag products - Kuraray begins call for school bags donation to Afghanistan - Shimizu Corporation develops "Decarbonized" Soil Improvement Method - GE and IHI sign MoU to develop gas turbines that can operate on 100% ammonia - Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Total Energies of France succeeded in sea test of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) - Four Companies announced joint feasibility study of large-scale and wide-area CCS value chain project using ship transportation - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries successfully launches H2A rocket equipped with information gathering satellite