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Monthly Japanese Industry and Policy News August 2023

Topics covered on the August 2023 issue:

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

Legislation and Policy News

-    International Standard issued for "Automated Valet Parking Systems"
-    METI announced self-development ratio of oil and natural gas of Japan
-    METI Minister Nishimura visited five African Countries
-    ALPS treated water, the government decided to start releasing on August 24
-    Tritium concentration in sea area of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant remains below standard even after treated water is released

Survey and Business Data

-    Annual GDP increased 6.0% April-June, but personal consumption weak
-    2.32 million foreign visitors to Japan in July, nearly 80% of pre-COVID-19 numbers
-    METI releases market survey results on e-commerce

Company & Organization News

-    Sekisui House collaborates with startups aiming for net increase in biodiversity in residential areas
-    Itochu creates carbon credits through Kenyan environmental tech and conversion to cooking fuel
-    ANA procures "carbon removal credits" from US company
-    Sojitz begins manufacturing from CO2 and H2 using Hydrogen Bacteria as law materials
-    Kansai Electric Power participates in barge-type floating wind power generation project in Spain
-    MOL promotes onboard hydrogen production project
-    Shimizu Corporation to test remediation of PFAS-contaminated soil in the U.S.
-    Mitsubishi Corporation builds the world's first bio-paraxylene supply chain for PET bottles with 2 other companies
-    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to start CO2 recovery test at existing cement plant in Alberta, Canada
-    AIST develops sensing technology to determine freshness of fish meat from odor
-    Famous AI researchers from Google launch new AI company in Tokyo
-    Marubeni and Osaka Gas to produce methane in Peru
-    Safe delivery of toxic ammonia fuel between ships
-    Technology development in Japan and Australia for mass transport of liquefied CO2 at low temperature and low pressure
-    Space Shift and Wegaw form a business alliance for snow accumulation and snow melting monitoring of hydroelectric power generation
-    Osaka Gas and Eneos consider Japan's first large-scale production of synthetic methane
-    U.S.-based Sempra to export decarbonized LNG to Japan
-    Kirin develops technology that enables direct printing on PET bottles

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