PSE/PSC

The PSE Mark is a mandatory safety and EMC approval for electrical products sold on the Japanese market. PSC certification is a mandatory consumer products safety approval that applies to nearly all consumer products sold in Japan.

Radio/Telecommunication

The Telecommunication and Radio Certification for Japan is the approval needed for wireless radio and telecommunication equipment in Japan and covers all products which utilize the radio spectrum and operate under 3 THz.

JIS Certification

The JIS Mark is a mandatory certification based on product certification that verifies the conformity of products according to the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS). JIS covers industrial and mineral products, data, services and management systems under the Industrial Standardization Act of Japan.

VCCI Mark Certification

The VCCI Mark is a voluntary certification for IT equipment in Japan and a well-regarded indicator for high quality standards. Only members of the VCCI council can apply for this certification.

Japan RoHS

Manufactures and Importers of certain types of products for the Japanese market are required to make sure their products are in compliance with the Japan RoHS Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources in Japan and the compulsory Industry Standard JIS C 0950.

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Japanese automotive market opens up for business

The Japanese car industry is often said to be virtually closed to foreign manufacturers due to unfair trade regulations and customs restrictions. And the corresponding figures seem to support this claim. With sales of more than 5 million vehicles in 2018, Japan is the world’s third largest market for passenger cars weighing less than 3.5 tons. Nevertheless, Ford has withdrawn from Japan in 2018 and GM has hardly sold any vehicles there. In addition, domestic brands have a market share of 94 percent.

 

Japanese-Market

According to the study “A new Automotive World report on Japan’s new vehicle market”, GM with all its brands sold only 1,400 cars in Japan in 2018. Author Jonathan Storey also said: “It seems that the Japanese market is closed to foreign car manufacturers, but the reality is much more differentiated and there are a number of regulations to consider, which are explained in the study”. Another study, “Japan’s new vehicle market: prospects to 2023”, points to a changing market in the passenger and commercial vehicle sector. Manufacturers of passenger vehicles will have to adapt to a changed taxation system, while a downward trend is feared for commercial vehicles, despite the current tenth consecutive year of growth in this segment.

Given all the superficial and obvious difficulties, it is not surprising that the American Automobile Association and the Trump government accuse Japan of unfair conditions towards foreign car manufacturers. Yet Ford and GM have long had problems in the Japanese market. Reasons for this are the high market share of so-called kei cars (micro cars), a segment in which foreign manufacturers cannot compete. Moreover, with nine local car brands, there is already fierce competition on the market. Many of the vehicles offered by US manufacturers were inadequately converted for left-hand traffic, and the quality of the foreign vehicles was in the past worse than that of the Japanese competition. Probably as one of the few western car brands, Jeep from FCA could report an increase. Its sales figures have risen steadily in recent years to 11,400 vehicles in 2018 and further growth of 22 percent in the first nine months of 2019.

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