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Technologies Selected for “Innovative Technologies 2015”: Exploring and Evaluating Japan’s Outstanding Digital Content Technology

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has selected 20 outstanding content technologies for Innovative Technologies 2015, which is part of the Program to Promote Innovation in Digital Content Technologies, aiming to promote their further utilization and development.
All the selected technologies will be exhibited at the Digital Content Expo 2015, which will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation from October 22 to 25, 2015. Visitors will be able to experience the technologies firsthand.

1. Outline of Innovative Technologies 2015

Based on the direction of technological development in the Technology Map 2015 (content industry),* the purpose of the event is to explore and evaluate advanced technologies that are expected to contribute significantly to making the map a reality, as well as to share those technologies with people involved in 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 (DC EXPO) 2015, which is to be held during the period mentioned above.

At the DC EXPO, METI will select, from among the technologies selected for Innovative Technologies 2015, technologies with especially strong potential to have ripple effects and applications in areas other than the content industry and will recognize them with a Special Award.

The Special Awards are scheduled to be presented for the following four categories:
Industry Technologies expected to have strong ripple effects and applications in industrial fields outside the content industry
Culture Technologies expected to have strong ripple effects and applications in cultural and artistic fields
Human Technologies expected to have strong ripple effects and applications in the area of life sciences
Jury’s Special Prize Technologies worthy of special mention regardless of the above categories

*Note: For more information on the Technology Map 2015 (content industry), see the following website:
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/mono_info_service/contents/downloadfiles/1507map.pdf (PDF:1,546KB) PDF File(in Japanese)

2. Technologies selected for Innovative Technologies 2015

METI called for candidate technologies for Innovative Technologies 2015 from both industry and academia and received 69 applications and recommendations. Through strict examination of the applications and recommendations by an evaluation committee comprised of content technology experts from industry and academia, METI selected 20 outstanding content technologies for recognition at Innovative Technologies 2015. For the names of the selected technologies and successful applicants, see the Appendix.
In addition, for more details on the selected technologies, visit the following official website:
http://www.dcexpo.jp/archives/2014/exhibition_indexPlang=en.html External Site Link

3. Outline of the Digital Content Expo 2015


The Digital Content Expo (DC EXPO) 2015 is an international exhibition where a wide variety of technologies related to the digital content industry are exhibited. As an official CoFesta (Japan International Content Festival) 2015 event, the DC EXPO will be held for the eighth time in 2015. Under the theme of “Bridge of Innovation,” the expo will feature displays―such as those introducing the technologies selected for Innovative Technologies 2015―that will allow visitors to experience cutting-edge technology, in addition to events such as symposiums led with the participation of 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: From October 22, Thursday to 25, Sunday, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* Visiting the venue in the afternoon on October 22 requires prior registration.
Venue: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo.
Organizers: METI, Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ)
Admission: Free
*Please note that some of the programs charge 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/en/ External Site Link

(Inquiries about the Digital Content Expo 2015)
Digital Content Expo organizers (DCAJ)
Persons in charge: Naobumi Seo, Kazunobu Funami, Mayumi Tanabe
Telephone: +81-3-3512-3903
E-mail: info@dcexpo.jp mail_link

Appendix 

Release date

September 10, 2015

Division in Charge

Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Related Information

Content Industry

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