Monthly Japanese Industry and Policy News January 2024

Topics covered on the December 2023 issue:

・This was compiled by Weekly Japanese Industrial and Policy News.

Legislation and Policy News
-    Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism cancels communication of takeoff order following Haneda Airport accident
-    METI signs memorandum on energy transition with Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
-    METI signs memorandum on energy transition with Turkmenistan
-    Japan and Vietnam hold dialogue on environmental policy
-    METI provides JP¥ 45.2 billion subsidies for NTT's next-generation optical semiconductors
-    All-Japan organization starts to formulate UN standards for battery replaceable EVs

Survey and Business Data
-    Private sector experts recommend ambitious goals for population policy to the government: “Growth potential with 80 million people”
-    OECD recommends abolishing retirement age in Japan
-    Emissions reduction falls short of government target of 46%
-    Inbound visitor spending in 2023 was a record high of over JP¥ 5 trillion, with a total of 25.06 million people
-    Chinese business confidence in 2024 is likely to worsen at 39%, survey by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in China

Company & Organization News
-    Asahi Kasei develops high-precision semiconductor that can monitor infant breathing
-    Sony Honda partners with Microsoft to equip EVs with generation AI
-    Mitsui O.S.K. Lines collaborates with fertilizer giant Yara to build ammonia supply chain
-    Obayashi Corporation begins green hydrogen production demonstration project in New Zealand and Fiji
-    Mitsui & Co. begins methanol production in the U.S. using factory CO2 emissions
-    Itochu launches environmentally friendly flooring materials made in France in Japan
-    Mitsui & Co. opens factory in Brazil to mass produce biofuel for ships
-    ORIX supplies renewable electricity to Amazon at a fixed price in Europe
-    Nippon Shokubai and RIKEN develop a new marine biodegradable plastic that easily decomposes in the ocean
-    Mitsubishi Materials launches recycled metal brand tin and lead
-    Sumitomo Corporation creates CDR credits with Norwegian company
-    Tokyo Gas and Osaka Gas to participate in joint study of e-methane production in UAE
-    Kawasaki Heavy Industries commercializes platform to support hydrogen distribution
-    Four companies including NYK Line will complete a ship equipped with ammonia co-combustion engine in 2026
-    Marubeni strengthens biorefinery business in collaboration with Finnish company
-    Honda and GM begin production of fuel cells, reducing manufacturing costs to one-third
-    OMRON connects to Catena-X to visualize supply chain GHG emissions
-    Toyota, good and bad

Other topics
-    Japanese passport allows to travel to 194 countries and regions without visa
-    Lunar probe successfully transmits data
-    JAXA's lunar surface probe "SLIM" resumes observations

Read more about this issue

EU-Japan Centre's News

How to get market access / How to get medical device approval / certification in Japan Japanese…
The Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) has published its SNS R&I Work…
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) has pre-announced call for applications for 2024 ASPIRE-…
What regulatory preparation is required for electronics related products used in Japan? As there…
The EU-Japan Centre’s office in Tokyo is regularly publishing "Industry and Policy News”. By…
What is the status quo and what are the current trends and chances for innovative technologies for…


27/02/2024 - 01/03/2024
Applications for the 2024 Green Mission are now closed. Promote your green technologies at Tokyo’ Decarbonisation Expo with the support of the EU-JAPAN CENTRE ! Exhibit at the “Decarbonisation Expo…
TOYOTA Motor Manufacturing France
05/03/2024 - 06/03/2024
Lean in Europe takes small groups of people interested in process improvement to a company to learn how it uses lean tools to drive its activities be that in manufacturing, services…
Subscribe to
our newsletters

The EU-Japan Centre currently produces 5 newsletters :

  • EU-Japan NEWS - our flagship newsletter covering the Centre's support services, information about EU (or Member States) - Japan cooperation
  • Japanese Industry and Policy News
  • “About Japan” e-News (Only available for EU companies / EU organisations)
  • Japan Tax and Public Procurement Weekly Tender Digest (Only available for EU companies / EU organisations)
  • Tech Transfer Helpdesk Newsletter