Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Hackers to hit public utility networks in government-sanctioned...
Students of a high school in Kyoto discuss ideas in a "white hat" hacker training program led by the Kyoto prefectural police department in July 2015. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Rather than trying to keep hackers out, the industry ministry is inviting them to infiltrate the computer network of power plants and hospitals in a test to uncover weaknesses...
Utilities not required to reveal electricity sources under new...
A solar farm on Yabasekihanto island in Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture, provides clean, renewable energy. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Power companies will not be required to disclose the ratio of their electricity sources when the liberalization of power sales begins in April, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.
Ministry employee with gender identity disorder to sue over...
“I want to be treated the same as other female employees,” says an economy ministry worker with gender identity disorder. (Yuki Nikaido)
A civil servant diagnosed with gender identity disorder and living as a woman plans to sue the economy ministry for refusing to let her use women’s restrooms at work.
Enough power to go around this winter
Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government is confident there is a sufficient electricity supply to heat homes and offices this winter and will not call on households and businesses to conserve energy.
Smartphone scanner to show product info in English
Some of Seven-Eleven Japan convenience stores provide product information in 15 languages through the use of QR codes on store shelves. (Provided by Seven & i Holdings Co.)
In a bid to get foreign tourists to spend more, the economy ministry is developing a smartphone scanning system that provides product information in English and other languages.
'Omotenashi' seals of approval planned to attract foreign tourists
A tentative design of the industry ministry's "omotenashi" seal of approval (Provided by the industry ministry)
Japan will award seals of approval to restaurants and inns that provide a certain level of “omotenashi” (hospitality) to foreign guests, the industry ministry said July 13.
Nuclear energy cheapest power source due to reduced disaster risks,...
An iodine filter to reduce the release of radioactive materials in event of an accident is installed at the Shimane nuclear power plant in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, on April 27. (Ryo Isshiki)
Nuclear power is the most cost-effective method of generating electricity, even when factoring in increased safety fees, accident compensation and other related expenses...
Risk probability of major nuclear accident to be cut by half
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The industry ministry intends to cut the risk probability of a major nuclear accident occurring to once in 80 years, half that of the once-in-40-years rate contrived just after ...
EDITORIAL: A more ambitious renewable energy target is feasible
A solar power station in Seika, Kyoto Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is considering an energy policy target of raising the renewable energy share in Japan’s overall energy mix to the lower half of...
Industry ministry seeks renewable energy ratio of 20% to 25% in...
The Asahi Shimbun
The industry ministry rejected a proposal by the Environment Ministry and is calling for renewable energy sources to supply “between 20 and 25 percent” of Japan’s...
EDITORIAL: Policy debate on energy sources needs viewpoint of...
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A working group of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has started discussing Japan’s future energy mix. The group will debate which power sources should provide how...
Power rates to reflect decommissioning costs even after...
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori, right, inspects facilities at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which is expected to be decommissioned, in November. (Pool)
Regional utilities will be allowed to pass on costs to consumers for decommissioning nuclear power plants even after the retail sale of electricity to households is liberalized ...
Energy plan overlooked flat-out opposition to nuclear power,...
The Asahi Shimbun
The government’s compilation of its basic energy plan ignored an overwhelming call from the public to move away from nuclear energy, according to an analysis by The Asahi...
'Reactor decommissioning town' planned to rebuild Fukushima
The Asahi Shimbun
The government’s reconstruction plans for Fukushima Prefecture include creating a town for 5,000 people tasked with decommissioning the crippled nuclear plant, but some local ...
Abe administration ignored massive public opposition to nuclear...
Anti-nuclear demonstrators rally in front of the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on May 23 for the first time after the Fukui District Court on May 21 ordered Kansai Electric Power Co. not to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the Oi nuclear power plant in Oi, Fukui Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
More than 90 percent of respondents during a public comment period on the Abe administration's basic energy policy were opposed to nuclear power generation, according to an...
Government changes tack on finding disposal site for radioactive...
A study is under way on nuclear waste disposal in a 140-meter-deep tunnel in Horonobe, Hokkaido, in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government plans to abandon its ineffective policy of waiting for municipalities to volunteer to host a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste, an industry...
Japan to use public funds to deal with radioactive water in...
The Asahi Shimbun
The central government is going ahead with a plan to use public funds in an attempt to stop radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant from flowing...
Ex-industry ministry bureaucrat guilty of insider trading
Investigators with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office confiscate evidence from residence of Masaaki Kimura in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward in January 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A former senior industry ministry was found guilty June 28 of insider trading and handed a suspended 18-month prison sentence, a 1-million-yen ($10,115) fine plus a surcharge...
Industry ministry behind private panel’s push for reactor...
People opposed to reactor restarts and exports of nuclear technology rally outside the prime minister's office during their weekly Friday night protest on May 17. (Satoru Ogawa)
The government’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy engaged in highly questionable behavior by helping a private panel calling for restarts of nuclear reactors to draft...
Japan manufacturing shows slight uptick in March
Toyota retailers in Nagoya, near the auto giant's home base, Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, report brisk sales in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's manufacturing improved slightly in March, with factory output rising 0.2 percent, while the jobless rate also fell slightly.