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【METI Mobile】Spotlight on Japan’s Young IT Creators

Small camera using a deep learning function

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) partners with the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) to organize the annual “MITOU Program” to discover promising young IT creators. This year, METI and IPA further recognized 10 of the 23 program’s graduates as outstanding talents called “Super Creators.”

Success of the MITOU Program

Since the program’s inauguration in 2000, METI and IPA have discovered and developed a number of ingenious Japanese talents. Promising candidates endeavor to create new technologies that pioneer groundbreaking new industries. Following their graduation, the program’s more than 1,600 certified creators have taken leading roles in companies such as Google Japan, Gunosy Inc. and SmartNews, Inc. to change society with their unique ideas and technologies.

Talent recognizes talent

At the beginning of a new program cycle, former graduates use their expertise in identifying promising talent to help examine new candidates. After passing the evaluation, program participants are mentored by former graduates for nine months as they develop new technologies with a grant of 2 million yen. Participants are recognized for their achievements when they graduate from the program.

Commendation ceremony to certify super creators

One participant’s invention

The photo above shows a small artificial intelligence (AI) unit mounted on a hand-held camera. Through repetitive learning using stored data, this camera can recognize target objects, such as an apple, and notify users of its presence. The developer of the device, Mr. Yuichiro Tsuchiya, is a 24-year-old graduate student.

An image of an apple recognized by the camera
(Photo: An image of an apple recognized by the camera)

IT solutions for a changing society

Now many camera networks are so large that analyzing image data becomes very inefficient. Users must collect image data from every cameras they use, and disorganized communication can waste time. A camera able to recognize objects within images and flag them to users would be highly effective, especially for recognizing the formation of traffic jams, or defective products on production lines.

METI and IPA will continue to promote the MITOU Program for young innovators in Japan seeking to discover the next breakthrough in IT solutions.

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Last updated: 2016-09-26
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