The Japan Machinery Federation (Nihon Kikai Kougyou Rengokai, or NIKKIREN) is a nationwide organization of the Japanese machinery and engineering industry. Its membership consists of the regular members (the company members of the leading companies in the fields of engineering and machinery manufacturing, and the association members of industry-specific trade associations), and the supporting members. The trade associations represent manufacturers from the following industrial areas: general machinery (machine tools, industrial machinery, etc.); electrical machinery (electrical equipment, electronics, etc.); transportation equipment (automobiles, rail cars, shipbuilding, etc.); precision machinery (cameras, measuring equipment, etc.); machinery parts and components (gears, screws, bearings, etc.); and tool and die.
The JMF was established April 2, 1952, as a voluntary organization called the Japan Machinery Association. Its purpose was to contribute to the overall advancement of the Japanese machinery and engineering industry and, by extension, the general economy of the Japan. The association's name was changed to the Japan Machinery Federation in 1954 and the organization became a non-profit, public-service corporation in 1958. The JMF continues to fulfill its original purpose through the following activities:
- Establish and implement policies to promote the development of the machinery and engineering industry
- Represent the desires and general views of the machinery and engineering industry to the Diet, government officials and other authorities
- Cooperate to the government policy and measures for the machinery and engineering industry
- Undertake studies and surveys of the machinery and engineeringindustry
- Collect and disseminate information of importance to the machinery and engineering industry
- Coordinate activities with similar and related organizations, both domestic and international
To accomplish these tasks, the JMF has formed the Policy Council, standing committees, and, as necessary, special committees. Committee discussions and policy deliberations are carried out in close cooperation with the associations most affected.