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Japan’s Robot Strategy was Compiled-Action plan toward a New Industrial Revolution Driven by Robots-

Toward the realization of a New Industrial Revolution Driven by Robots, a goal set in the Japan Revitalization Strategy revised in 2014, the Government of Japan launched the Robot Revolution Realization Council (chair: Mr. Tamotsu Nomakuchi, advisor of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation). The council has held six meetings since September 2014 to discuss the issue and compiled the results into a report titled “Japan’s Robot Strategy.”

1. Background

As the declining birth rate, aging society, and shrinking population of productive age advance, robot technologies possess the potential for solving social challenges, such as resolving labor shortages, releasing people from overwork, and improving productivity in a variety of sectors, ranging from production in the manufacturing industry, to medical services and nursing care, and to agriculture, construction and infrastructure maintenance e.g..

Considering these challenges, the revised 2014 Japan Revitalization Strategy, which was approved by the Cabinet in June 2014, mentions a “New Industrial Revolution Driven by Robots” (hereinafter referred to as the “Robot Revolution”) consisting of the utilization of robot technologies to improve Japan’s productivity, enhance companies’ earning power, and raise wages.

To achieve this Robot Revolution, in September 2014, the Government of Japan established a Robot Revolution Realization Council, bringing together experts who have a variety of knowledge as members, and the council held six meetings to discuss specific measures, including technology development, regulatory reforms, and global standardization of Japan’s robot technologies. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the council compiled the results of the expert meetings into a report.

2. Outline of Japan’s Robot Strategy

Based on the results of the discussions by the Council, the Government of Japan compiled a strategy and an action plan by sectors toward the realization of the Robot Revolution. The compiled report stated that Japan should achieve this Robot Revolution by promoting the following three pillars:

  1. Fundamental enhancement of Japan’s robot-creation ability so as to make Japan as robot innovation hub in the world.;
  2. Utilization and dissemination of robots across Japan, namely, an effort for showcasing robots to the world, aiming to achieve a society with the highest level of robot utilization in the world and to realize the daily life that robots exist all over Japan; and
  3. Development of the Robot Revolution expecting its dissemination around the world, aiming to formulate business rules on the premise of interconnection among robots and autonomous accumulation and utilization of data by such robots, to globally standardize Japan’s robot technologies, and to disseminate such approach to broader fields.

In response to the report, METI will further discuss measures that will contribute to the realization of the Robot Revolution. For details, please see the Japanese language press release.

References

Release date

January 23, 2015

Divisions in charge

Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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