What Decides the Lifespan of Standardized Technologies? The first look at de jure standards in Japan

Author Name TAMURA Suguru (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
Creation Date/NO. July 2015 15-P-012
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In this paper, factors related to the lifespan of de jure standards in Japan are first looked at and discussed. It is anticipated that knowing these factors will improve the management system for de jure standards and facilitate effective control of the associated administrative costs. This is important because newly producing and then maintaining standards require both human and financial resources. Under the system used by the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee, the review period for standards is five years, but some specific standards with important lifespan-related characteristics are identified. These standards, which are identified by examining lifespan-related factors, can be given a longer review period. As a study result, by using the record of about 4,500 standards, the de jure standards of some industry technology areas are shown to have a tendency toward a longer lifespan.

Published: Tamura, Suguru, 2016. "A first empirical analysis of JIS lifespan -Implications for the review system of de jure standards-," Synthesiology Vol. 9(4), pp. 198-215