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Research by Country/Region January 21, 2018  
ICT Product Regulatory and Standards Information - Japan

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The information contained in this profile is intended for basic market planning. While these profiles are updated periodically, many regulatory systems are subject to change. Companies are strongly encouraged to contact in-country representatives who are familiar with the most current regulatory environment.

Translations of laws and regulations are unofficial.

Japanese Standards and Regulations: ICT products

Report by: U.S. Commercial Service, Tokyo

Outline

I. About Japanese standards and regulations

II. About EMC, EMI and safety regulations, and related links

III. About certification organizations

I. About Japanese standards and regulations

(A) Japan, via the Japan Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), which is part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Investment (METI), is an active participant in the development of international standards such as ISO and IEC, which are relevant to many ICT related products and services. Consistent with the country's Industrial Standards Law, Japan also has its own set of industrial standards, known as the Japan Industrial Standards (JIS). JIS standards generally correspond to ISO, IEC or other international standards. The Government of Japan (GOJ) does not require that foreign producers (or domestic manufacturers, for that matter) adopt JIS standards; however, JIS compliance is often a precondition for procurement by government and other entities.

For more on Japan's Industrial Standards Law, see http://www5.cao.go.jp/otodb/english/houseido/hou/lh_04060.html

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is responsible for overseeing telecommunications regulations and standards, including those developed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Many MIC technical standards are mandatory, as stipulated in the Telecommunication Business Law and the Radio Law.

For more on the Telecommunications Business Law and Radio Law, see

http://www.soumu.go.jp/joho_tsusin/eng/laws.html

(B) Japan develops many of its own standards, although these are often compatible with, or derived from, existing international standards, and are voluntary. In ICT, several industry associations are involved in standards development, such as the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association (JEMA) and the Communications and Information Network Association of Japan (CIAJ). JEITA, for example, has 560 standards, including provisional standards and technical reports. (Information about JEITA standards can be found here: http://tsc.jeita.or.jp/TSC/indexE.htm .)

In telecommunications, especially with respect to wireless products, the most relevant standards-setting organization is the Association of Radio Industries and Business (ARIB). ARIB's voluntary standards for telecommunications and broadcasting radio systems are meant to complement MIC's mandatory regulations, which tend to focus on preventing interference. ARIB standards focus on guaranteeing compatibility of radio facilities and transmission quality as well as offering greater convenience to radio equipment manufacturers and users. (Information about ARIB standards can be found here: http://www.arib.or.jp/english/html/overview/index.html ).

Typically these groups have technical committees that deliberate and evaluate potential standards that are then put forward for nomination as JIS or relevant domestic and/or international standards. The specific standards development procedures vary by organization, but in general, foreign companies are welcome to participate, provided that they have a stake in the process and employ representatives who can speak Japanese and actively engage in the relevant committee discussions. However, these types of procedures and deliberations can be complicated, so we suggest interested U.S. firms contact the U.S. Commercial Service for more information.

(C) In addition to the industry associations noted above, the METI-affiliated Japanese Standards Association (JSA) -- see http://www.jsa.or.jp/default_english.asp

-- is involved in drafting JIS standards in various ICT related fields, such as graphic image processing, multimedia and information exchange codes.

As mentioned previously, METI is responsible for overseeing JIS standards, while MIC is responsible for overseeing spectrum allocation issues. See more information below on certification.

II. About EMC, EMI and safety regulations

(D) The Government of Japan (GOJ) does not set rules for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) or Electromagnetic Immunity (EMI). Instead, a private sector led consortium known as the Voluntary Control Council for Interference by Information Technology Equipment (VCCI) administers a voluntary seal program. Although the VCCI Mark is voluntary, most of the information technology equipment sold in Japan show the VCCI Mark. Testing measures are compatible with international standard IEC/CISPR22. PCs and peripherals make up two-thirds of VCCI certified equipment. With respect to EMI, JEITA publishes a guideline about immunity testing for IT equipment and systems.

For safety, Japan's METI administers the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law, also known as the DENAN law. ICT products subject to this law include power units and plug code set. IEC 60950 can be accepted. This regulation is mandatory.

(E) Websites

For more information on VCCI, see http://www.ce-mag.com/99ARG/Gubisch145.html .

For more information on DENAN, see http://www.ul.com/international/japan.html .

III. About certification organizations

(F-L) There are various certification bodies that correlate to the type of certification required. In Japan, there are four types of certification for ICT products: JIS, safety, telecommunication, and EMC. Some of the major organizations providing accreditations are listed below. Acceptance of test data performed in another country is case-by-case, depending on the certification required. Conformity assessment procedures also vary, although generally third party certification is accepted. Costs and time constraints also differ by type of certification. For details on criteria, exporting companies should contact the appropriate certification body.

There is no general dispute settlement process. However, some certification bodies have information desks to for claims regarding accreditations provided.
Regarding VOIP terminal equipment, approval requirements are basically the same as for current telecom terminal equipment. The Japan Approvals Institute for Telecommunications Equipment (JATE) -- see link below -- provides accreditation to VOIP gateway equipment, VOIP cable modems, and the like.

List of Certification Organizations

- JIS/ISO

Japan Standards Association (JSA)
http://www.jsa.or.jp/default_english.asp

- Safety

Japan Quality Assurance Association (JQA)
http://www.jqa.jp/00english/e_index.html

Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET)
http://www.jet.or.jp/en/

- Telecommunication

Japan Approvals Institute for Telecommunications Equipment (JATE) - Terminal Equipment
http://www.jate.or.jp/english/index.html

Telecom Engineering Center (TELEC) - Wireless Equipment
http://www.telec.or.jp/ENG/Index_e.htm

- EMC

Voluntary Control Council for Interference by Information Technology Equipment (VCCI)
http://www.vcci.or.jp/vcci_e/index.html

- Consulting Companies

TUF Japan
http://www.tuvps.co.jp/english/index.html


UL
http://www.ul.com/international/japan.html

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