METI procurement procedures fully digitalised from January 1, 2017

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced that its procurement procedures will become fully digitalized from January 1st.  Thus far, it had already conducted part of its tenders online, but starting the new year all tenders will be conducted online.  Online tender procedures will take on the common public procurement platform GEPS.

The move will also end the cumbersome practice of requiring bidders to bring documents in person. Furthermore, large documents which cannot be uploaded can be sent by mail.

Tax outlook 2017

Even though the Japanese fiscal year is underway for less than 6 months, the Japanese government and its ministries have already started this month to publicize their proposals for next year.  Discussions during the last months were dominated by the decision of the Abe government to again postpone the planned increase of the consumption tax to March 2019.

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Public offer to empirically test robotics technologies in ‘Fukushima Hamadori Robotics Demonstrative area’

On April 1st, METI has announced a public offer inviting companies, universities and research institutes to take part in a demonstrative field project concerning robot-technologies to deal with disasters. For this purpose it has set up the so-called ‘Fukushima Hamadori Robotics Demonstrative Area’ in disaster stricken Fukushima Prefecture.

Foreign companies and institutions with advanced technologies are also invited to tender for his project and test their technologies through demonstrative experiments. 

METI SME Agency to set up database for venture business to stimulate participation in tenders

METI’s SME Agency is planning to construct a database of SMEs and venture businesses in order promote public procurement business opportunities with government organisations for more recently established private sector entities.

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