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  • METI Developed and Released Rules for Information Utilization and Collaboration and Held a Matching Event among Communities and Businesses under the Framework of the Omotenashi Platform Project

METI Developed and Released Rules for Information Utilization and Collaboration and Held a Matching Event among Communities and Businesses under the Framework of the Omotenashi Platform Project

Under the framework of the Omotenashi Platform* Demonstration project (IoT-based Omotenashi Demonstration project), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been endeavoring to create new services that provide enhanced user-friendliness in information utilization through collaboration between communities and businesses. To this end, aiming to encourage a variety of communities and businesses to utilize information on overseas visitors to Japan, METI has developed and released rules for such information utilization and collaboration, including templates of terms of use for concluding agreements with platform users, standardization of data formats, and procedures for accessing the Omotenashi Platform. Moreover, it also held a matching event to facilitate collaboration between communities and businesses.

1. Background to and outline of the project

Under the framework of the Omotenashi Platform Demonstration project, METI has been advancing the development of rules, including templates of terms of use for concluding agreements with platform users, standardization of data formats, and procedures for accessing the Omotenashi Platform in order to enable a variety of communities and businesses to utilize information on overseas visitors to Japan and collaborate with one another. As a part of this effort, on December 22, 2016, the Data Distribution Promotion Working Group under the IoT Acceleration Consortium (ITAC) held its 11th meeting and released the discussion results as of today.

Moreover, on the same date, METI also held a matching event among a variety of communities and businesses, aiming to encourage a variety of communities and businesses to utilize information and collaborate with one another under the framework of the Omotenashi Platform Demonstration project.

*Note: The Omotenashi Platform is a system in which businesses are able to share and utilize consensually-provided personal information on overseas visitors to Japan, such as attribute (sex, age-group, nationality, etc.) and action history (accommodation, shopping, transportation, etc.), while overseas visitors to Japan are able to enjoy advanced and various services and settlement environments.

2. Developing rules and releasing the results toward data utilization

Under the framework of the Omotenashi Platform Demonstration project, METI has been advancing the development of rules, including privacy policies and terms of use used for concluding agreements with platform users, standardization of formats for available data (development of an infrastructure for multilayer interoperability), and procedures for accessing the Omotenashi Platform in order to facilitate information distribution. As a part of this effort, on December 22, 2016, the Data Distribution Promotion Working Group under the ITAC held its 11th meeting and released the discussion results as of today.

3. Matching event among a variety of communities and businesses aiming to encourage them to utilize information and collaborate with one another

On December 22, 2016, as an effort for creating specific new services, METI held a matching event at its site to encourage communities and businesses to utilize information on overseas visitors to Japan and collaborate with one another.

METI aims to introduce the Omotenashi Platform Demonstration project into communities as a community-based effort, and to this end, it required participating communities and business of the event to register in advance, which was stipulated in the application guidelines in calling for applicants for the commission of the Project for Promoting the Creation of New IoT-based Business (IoT-based Omotenashi Demonstration Projects) under the FY2016 Supplementary Budget.

The matching event brought together about 350 people from a variety of communities and businesses. Participating businesses made presentations before other communities and businesses, and opinion-exchange opportunities on an individual basis were provided between communities and businesses or between businesses, which contributed to advancing efforts for collaboration between communities and businesses.


Matching among communities
(presentation)

Matching among communities
(individual-based meeting)

Matching among businesses
(presentation)
 

4. Future actions

Aiming to implement the results derived from the Omotenashi Platform into society by 2020, METI will continue to advance the development of rules and other regulations to develop an environment in which a wide range of players, including a variety of communities, venture businesses, and other businesses and entities having new ideas and technologies, are able to smoothly enter. In addition, it will also endeavor to promote collaboration between communities and businesses.

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Release date

December 26, 2016

Division in Charge

Information and Communication Electronics Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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