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Technologies Selected as “Innovative Technologies”: Exploring and Evaluating Japan’s Outstanding Content Technology

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has selected 20 outstanding content technologies for Innovative Technologies 2014, which is part of the Program to Promote Innovation in Content Technologies, aiming to promote their further utilization and development.

All the selected technologies will be exhibited at Digital Content Expo 2014, which will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation from October 23 to 26, 2014. Visitors will be able to experience the technologies first hand.

1. Outline of Innovative Technologies 2014

Based on the direction of technological development in Technology Strategy Map 2012 (content industry),* the purpose of the event is to explore and evaluate advanced technologies that are expected to contribute significantly to making the strategy map a reality, as well as to share those technologies with people involved in the industry-academia collaboration efforts and pass them on to society as a whole, thereby shaping the future of Japan’s content technology.

The selected content technologies will be exhibited at the Digital Content Expo 2014, which is to be held during the period mentioned above.

At the expo, METI will select technologies with especially strong potential to have ripple effects and applications in areas other than the content industry, from among Innovative Technologies 2014, and will recognize them with a Special Award.

The Special Awards are scheduled to be presented for the following four categories:

Industry Technologies especially expected to have ripple effects and applications in industrial areas outside the content industry
Culture Technologies especially expected to have ripple effects and applications in cultural and artistic fields
Human Technologies especially expected to have ripple effects and applications in the area of life sciences
Ecology Technologies especially expected to have ripple effects and applications in environmental fields

METI commissioned this initiative to the Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ), as part of a project utilizing the METI budget for FY2014.

*Note: Outline of the Technology Strategy Map
Since 2005, METI has been formulating and announcing Technology Strategy Maps―road maps by which to gain a comprehensive view of Japan’s important industrial technologies―in cooperation with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and other organizations.

For more information on the Technology Strategy Map 2012 (content industry), see the following website: http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/mono_info_service/contents/downloadfiles/120307-2.pdf (PDF:3,208KB) PDF File, (ZIP:2,758KB)その他のファイル (in Japanese)

2. Technologies selected for Innovative Technologies 2014

METI called for candidate technologies from both industry and academia, and received 53 applications. Through strict examination of the applications by an evaluation committee comprised of content technology experts from industry and academia, METI selected 20 outstanding content technologies for recognition at Innovative Technologies 2014. For the names of the selected technologies and successful applicants, see the Appendix(PDF:157KB) PDF File (in Japanese). In addition, for more details on the selected technologies, visit the following official website:
http://www.dcexpo.jp/?lang=en

3. Outline of Digital Content Expo 2014

Digital Content Expo 2014 is an international exhibition gathering a wide variety of technologies related to the digital content industry. As the official event of CoFesta 2014 (Japan International Content Festival), the expo will be held for the seventh time this year. Under the concept Bridge of Innovation, the expo will feature displays―such as those introducing the technologies specially selected for Innovative Technology 2014―that will allow visitors to experience cutting-edge technology, in addition to events such as symposiums attended by notable national and international public figures, with the goal of providing many people, ranging from domestic and foreign content technology engineers to visitors from among the general public, with an opportunity to experience future content technologies.

Dates and opening hours: October 23 (Thu.) − 26 (Sun.), 2014, from 10:00 to 17:00

* To visit the venue in the afternoon on October 23 requires prior registration.
Venue: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) (2-3-6 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo)
Organizers: METI, DCAJ
Admission: Free
*Please note that some of the programs require a materials fee. An admission fee is required for the permanent exhibition facilities of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
Official website: http://www.dcexpo.jp/?lang=en

Release Date

September 16, 2014

Division in Charge

Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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