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The Working Group for Studying Supply-Demand Matching of Human Resources Formulates a Report

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) have been recognizing the importance of the development of human resources that play an active role in the fields of mathematical science and information technology, foundations bolstering Japan’s growth in AI and other advanced technologies. METI and MEXT have also been recognizing industries’ concerns over the risk of a severe shortage of engineers in these fields in the future accompanying the advancement of the fourth industrial revolution. To overcome this urgent challenge, METI and MEXT established a Working Group for Studying Supply-Demand Matching of Human Resources. The working group held discussions and formulated a report describing specific approaches to achieving the development of such human resources.

1. Background

In August 2016, the Industry-Academia-Government Collaborative Roundtable on Human Resources Development in Science and Technology (hereinafter referred to as the “roundtable”), established by METI and MEXT, formulated an Action Plan for Collaborative Industry-Academia-Government Initiatives on Human Resources Development in Science and Technology. To achieve a goal set in the Action Plan, METI and MEXT established a Working Group for Studying Supply-Demand Matching of Human Resources under the roundtable.

METI and MEXT have been recognizing the importance of the development of human resources that play an active role in the fields of mathematical science and information technology, foundations bolstering Japan’s growth in AI and other advanced technologies. METI and MEXT have also been recognizing the industries’ concerns over the risk of a severe shortage of engineers in these fields in the future accompanying the advancement of the fourth industrial revolution. To overcome this urgent challenge, METI and MEXT established the working group. The working group focused on this challenge in its discussions and formulated a report describing specific approaches to achieving the development of such human resources.

The report will be presented at the coming meeting of the roundtable scheduled in late May 2017 and is expected to contribute to further promoting the supply-demand matching of human resources in these fields through the steady implementation of the actions shown in the report.

2. Key points of the working group’s report

  1. Matching the supply with the demand for human resources based on the results of the survey on the needs for such resources in industry
    1. Establishing a framework to promote the supply-demand matching of human resources
    2. Developing an education environment to meet the needs of society
  2. List of necessary skills for the fields of science and technology as determined by industry and methods of evaluation of level of mastery of those skills for human resources during recruitment
  3. Providing an educational curriculum which addresses the needs of industry
    1. Promoting the provision of opportunities to workers to relearn in universities and other schools
    2. Developing human resources that address the creation of new industries and social changes

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Release date

April 12, 2017

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