November 2019 Japanese Industry and Policy News

Topics covered in the November issue:

LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS
・Task Force for Promoting Public Usage of Robots Launched
・FIT-Based Purchase Contracts between Household Consumers and Electricity Companies Start to Expire Sequentially
・Partial Revision of the Patent Act, etc. Takes Effect Next April
・Product Safety Awards Winners Announced
・Draft Action Plan on Promoting Electrified Vehicles Use in Disaster Prepared

SURVEY AND BUSINESS DATA
・FY2018 Energy Supply and Demand Report Published
・Increasing Number of Companies Raise Wage, But Lesser Amount
・Report on Corporate Law and International Competitiveness Compiled
・Recycling Ratio of Used PET Bottles was 84.6% in FY2018
・Greening of Roof and Wall Advances in Commercial Facilities

COMPANY NEWS
・MOL Group to Build Japan's 1st LNG-fueled Ferries
・BYD and Toyota Agree to Establish Joint Company for Battery Electric Vehicle R&D
・Sumitomo Corp to Invest in Taiwan's Largest Electric Bus Manufacturer
・JAPAN POST to Introduce New EV Delivery Vans
・Penta-Ocean Announced Construction of New Multipurpose Self-Elevating Platform for Large-scale Wind Power Generation
・Taiwan's First Commercial Offshore Wind Power Project Completed
・Shizen Energy and Canada's Northland Power to Establish Joint Venture for Offshore Wind Projects in Japan
・BASF and NGK to Partner on Developing the Next Generation Sodium-sulfur Batteries
・NGK's Zinc Rechargeable Batteries Obtain UL Verification
・Restaurant Chain Skylark to Replace Takeout and Shopping Bags from Petroleum-based Plastic to Biomass Plastic

ADDITIONAL TOPICS
・First Three National Cycle Routes Designated
・Second AI Edge Contest to be Held
・CCS Demonstration Project in Hokkaido Successfully Injects 300,000 Tons of CO2

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