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Japanese Industry and Policy News: May 2020

The EU-Japan Centre May report of key developments in Japanese industry and government policy covers the following topics:

LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS
  • Japanese government lifted emergency declaration
  • Japanese government formulates the second supplementary budget as an emergency economic measure
  • the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) demonstrates trial to charge plastic bag
  • COVID-19 has triggered discussions about changes from April to September enrollment
  • Japan Patent Office (JPO) obtained its own patent for the first time

SURVEY AND BUSINESS DATA

  • Preliminary figures released by the Cabinet Office for gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter (January to March) of 2020
  • Trade statistics in April released by the Ministry of Finance
  • Updates for the Japanese vehicles market from the Japan Vehicles Dealers Association (JADA)
  • “COVID-19” related business failures
  • the analysis results of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's "national survey for COVID-19 countermeasures" 

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