To enhance the overall safety, performance and comfort afforded by elevators and escalators, the JEA is actively engaged in a wide range of activities that can be classified into the following categories.

Dissemination of information about legislation, and the promotion of full compliance

Publication of "Elevator/Escalator Engineering Standards"
In 2002 the JEA published "Elevator/Escalator Engineering Standards" (including a "Guide to the Design and Construction of Earthquake-resistant Elevators and Escalators"), edited jointly by the Building Guidance Division of the Housing Bureau in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, by the Japan Building Equipment and Elevator/Escalator Center, and by the Japan Elevator Association.
Dissemination of information about legislation via JEA bulletins and the promotion of full compliance
Once a month the JEA issues its "Association Bulletin", providing members with the latest information on such matters as revisions to laws affecting elevators and escalators. In this way the Association aims to disseminate information about relevant legislation and regulations in order to promote full compliance.
Representations on measures for ensuring the safety of elevator/escalator passengers
Building a consensus among members regarding measures for ensuring the safety of elevator/escalator passengers, the JEA works toward the adoption of such measures by making representations to concerned government departments and agencies and other organizations/institutions.

Drawing up standards

Assistance with the drawing up of JIS standards relating to elevators/escalators
The JEA cooperates in the drafting and revising of JIS standards relating to elevators/escalators (JIS A4301, A4302, G3525, C3408, etc.).
Drawing up Japan Elevator Association Standards (JEAS)
Aiming to ensure uniform application and procedures for compliance with legislation and JIS standards that apply to elevators/escalators, the JEA has set forth its own standards (JEAS) for the performance, ratings, dimensions, etc. of elevators/escalators. These have been published as a JEAS collection; the 1996 edition contains 66 different JEA standards.

Representing the industry at home and abroad

Representing the industry
In matters related to elevators/escalators, the JEA aims to maintain constant contact with the concerned government departments and agencies, as well as other organizations, dispatching officers and committee members to related bodies, and striving to see that the opinions of the industry are made known, and its needs met.
Coordination and information exchange with overseas organizations
Close contacts are maintained with similar organizations overseas, allowing the JEA to collect a variety of information and literature relating to elevators/escalators for the benefit of our members.

Research activities

Survey of the number of newly installed/maintained elevators/escalators
Once a year we conduct a survey and analysis of the annual number of elevators/escalators that have been installed, exported or maintained. The results are published in the JEA journal.
Survey of elevator/escalator damage and accidents resulting from earthquakes
We also survey and analyze any damage that has been caused by earthquakes to elevators/escalators. The results serve as useful material for developing accident prevention measures.
Survey of elevator/escalator accidents resulting industrial injuries
We survey and analyze any accidents involving the installation, renovation or maintenance of elevators/escalators that have resulted in injury to workers. The results are put to use in finding ways to prevent such accidents in future.

Publicity activities

Elevator Day safety campaign
It was on November 10, 1890, that for the first time in Japan an elevator operated by electrical power made its debut; it was installed in the 12-story Ryôunkaku building in Asakusa, Tokyo. Because of this, in May 1979 when the JEA was celebrating its 30th anniversary, it was decided to celebrate November 10 as "Elevator Day". We now organize a nationwide safety campaign around this date, encouraging passengers to use elevators and escalators safely.
Website and pamphlets
The JEA website serves an educational role, offering operators and users of elevators/escalators information on their safe operation and use. We also produce pamphlets and adhesive labels as part of our PR activities.

Training activities

Cooperation with public institutions
In response to the request of public rescue services, such as the fire and police departments, the JEA organizes training programs, at locations throughout Japan, for rescue personnel that include explanations of elevator/escalator construction.
Basic elevator/escalator lecture courses
The JEA provides group training courses, principally for member companies that do not have their own training facilities for new employees and for those that are not set up to provide systematic training. Basic lecture courses are given on such topics as elevator/escalator history, legislation, construction, and features.

Safety promotion activities

Official commendations for on-site safety
Every year the JEA awards special commendations to those who have long been involved with elevator/escalator installation, maintenance and repair, and who have conspicuously promoted safety and contributed to raising standards through their work.
On-site safety training manuals
The JEA has prepared many disaster-prevention manuals, which are used at member companies for training purposes.


The JEA publishes a quarterly journal called "Elevator World"
Every month the JEA issues its "Association Bulletin", providing members with the latest information.

Other activities

Verification applications
The First-class Builder Office of the Japan Elevator Association will handle applications for verification on behalf of member companies.
Distribution of standard printed materials
The JEA seeks to standardize the various forms used in the industry, distributing these to member companies.
General Achievement Award
At the Ordinary General Meeting held every year, the JEA recognizes those who are deemed to have made a significant contribution to the Association’s activities over the years.
Lectures and workshops
Every year the JEA organizes lectures on current legal and economic topics that are of particular relevance to the industry in general, and to member companies in particular. Also, lectures on workers’ health and safety are held twice a year.
Overseas surveys and cooperation
As well as dispatching teams overseas to collect information on laws, technologies and market trends, the JEA consults with various organizations related to elevators/escalators, and obtains information and reference materials.