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“Connected Industries” Symposium Held

Taking the opportunity of their attendance at CeBIT 2017, a global event for digital business held in Germany in March 2017, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and other officials presented Japan’s policy concept “Connected Industries” as an ideal approach that Japanese industries should strive for.

As one of the efforts for promoting the Connected Industries policy concept, a goal to create value through connecting a variety of industries, on June 19, 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held the first symposium for this policy concept, bringing together approximately 600 stakeholders.

In the beginning of the symposium, Minister Seko delivered a keynote speech on the background of the declaration of the policy concept and approaches thereto. Following this, experts from industry and academia held three panel discussions concerning topics related to the current situation and challenges, experiences of forerunners, and future visions.

1. Background and purpose

In March 2017, METI released the policy concept “Connected Industries” as a goal that Japanese industries should aim at to create new value through connecting things, people, technologies, organizations and other social elements.

As one of the efforts for achieving the policy concept as a future vision of Japanese industy, METI, as organizer, and the Robot Revolution Initiative of Japan (RRI), as co-organizer, jointly held the first symposium, bringing together approximately 600 stakeholders from government, industry and academia.

In the beginning of the symposium, Minister Seko delivered a keynote speech on the background of the declaration of the policy concept and approaches thereto. Following this, experts in industry and academia held three panel discussions concerning topics related to the current situation and challenges, experiences of forerunners, and future visions. Participants shared information on case examples of leading companies and also deepened their understanding of the policy concept through  proactive discussions on directions and challenges in future efforts.

 

2. Speakers

(1)Keynote speech
Minister Seko
(2)Panel 1: Current situation and challenges
Kazuhiko Toyama, managing partner/CEO, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.
Wataru Baba, vice president, Corporate Business Innovation, Business Innovation Division, Panasonic Corporation
(3)Panel 2: Connecting experiences of forerunners
Takashi Nishijima, president, Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Ken Tamagawa, president, SORACOM, Inc.
Toshimitsu Kawano, managing director, Beckhoff Japan
Keiju Matsushima, affiliate professor, Graduate School of Hosei University
(4)Panel 3: Future visions
Yutaka Matsuo, project associate professor, Graduate School of University of Tokyo
Hiroshi Miyata, fellow, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
Satoshi Nagashima, senior partner, Roland Berger
Ryutaro Kawamoto, director, NTT Network Innovation Laboratories
(Names of the panelists are in the order of presentations on the date)
Note: Motion pictures of the symposium will be released at a later date.

Release date

June 19, 2017

Division in Charge

Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
 

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