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METI Establishes the Study Committee on Utilization of the Robot Testing Field and the International Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Facility (Robots)

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is to establish the Study Committee on Utilization of the Robot Testing Field and the International Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Facility (Robots) in order to deliberate the specific procedures for developing the Robot Testing Field and the International Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Facility (Robots). These are major projects in the Innovation Coast Scheme, which supports the reconstruction of the Hamadori area of Fukushima Prefecture.
METI aims to prepare an interim report around the end of FY 2015.

1. Background

At a meeting in June 2014, the Study Group on Innovation Coast Scheme (chaired by Mr. Kazuyoshi Akaba, then State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry) released the Innovation Coast Scheme for developing a new industrial cluster that would be a seedbed for research and development, demonstrations, and other relevant activities in the Hamadori area of Fukushima Prefecture and also positioned the Robot Testing Field and the International Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Facility (Robots) as major projects.
In December 2014, the Innovation Coast Scheme Promotion Meeting (chaired by Mr. Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry) was launched, and it is currently working for development toward the practical use of the Robot Testing Field and the International Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Facility (Robots) in or after FY 2016.

2. Purpose

The Study Committee is to deliberate the specific procedures for projects, aiming to realize the development of the Robot Testing Field and the International Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Facility (Robots).

3. Future schedule

(1) Date and venue of the 1st meeting of the Study Committee

Date and time: December 21 (Mon.), 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Common Meeting Room 1, East 8, 17th floor, METI main building

* The meetings of the Study Committee will not be open to the public, but the materials and meeting minutes will be released in principle. In addition, an interim report will be released.

 (2) Members of the Study Committee

See Appendix (PDF:33KB)PDF File for information on members.

Release date

December 21, 2015

Division in charge

  • Industrial Machinery Division (the Robot Testing Field)
  • Fukushima Industrial Reconstruction Promotion Office, Fukushima Reconstruction Promotion Group (the International Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Facility (Robots)

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