Japan to fine JIS violators up to 100 million yen
Jiji -- Jan 11
Japan's industry ministry decided Wednesday to increase the maximum penalty on companies that violate the law on Japanese Industrial Standards from one million yen to 100 million yen.

The ministry presented the policy at a meeting of the JIS Committee. It plans to introduce a bill to revise the industrial standardization law, including the increased penalty, to the ordinary Diet session starting on Jan. 22.

The ministry started discussing strengthening fines for JIS violators following a series of quality data falsification scandals at major Japanese companies, including Kobe Steel Ltd. <5406>.

Last year, JIS certification for some Kobe Steel plants was canceled.

The increased penalty will affect companies that use JIS symbols for their products without obtaining certification. Shipments of products that fail to meet JIS standards may breach contracts between companies but will not violate the law under the proposal.

News source: Jiji
Apr 21
The Tokyo metropolitan government aims to ban indoor smoking at all restaurants with employees in the Japanese capital, Governor Yuriko Koike said Friday. (Jiji)
Apr 21
Wakayama Prefectural Police have arrested a 29-year-old man over the murder of his wife during a diving excursion in the town of Shirahama last year, a case that he framed as an accidental drowning, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 21
An outbreak of measles in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa is affecting local tourism ahead of the spring holiday season. (NHK)
Apr 21
Another volcano erupted in the Kirishima mountain range in the Kyushu region, southwestern Japan, on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Jiji)
Apr 21
The Bank of Japan said Wednesday that a veteran official at its Currency Issue Department is believed to have stolen commemorative gold coins from a safe. (Jiji)
Apr 21
Japan’s consumer center said Thursday about 120 children were treated at medical institutions over the past seven years after swallowing tiny magnetic balls, and urged parents to keep such products away from children. (Japan Times)
Apr 21
When asked about a complaint from a Japanese TV station that the most senior official at his ministry sexually harassed a reporter, Finance Minister Taro Aso said the font used on the complaint letter was too small. (Japan Times)
Apr 21
A company that developed a smartphone application for the Japanese board game shogi has been listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. But the initial public offering ended without an opening price as there were too many orders to buy its shares. (NHK)
Apr 21
A nonpartisan group of Japanese lawmakers has visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. (NHK)
Apr 21
Japanese government officials have released their leading gauge of inflation. The Consumer Price Index rose for the 15th straight month in March. (NHK)