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Second Round Table Conference on Connected Industries Held between METI Minister Seko and Top Company Executives in Related Industries

The Connected Industries Policy is Japan’s concept aiming to create new added value or overcome societal challenges through connecting a variety of industries. As part of the efforts to achieve this goal, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held the second round table conference between Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and industrial players and experts.

At the second round table, participants proactively exchanged views concerning: identification of areas requiring cooperative initiatives in data utilization and other efforts, and shifts in business models.

1. Background and purpose

The Connected Industries Policy is Japan’s concept aiming to create new added value or overcome societal challenges through connecting a variety of things, including machines, data, technologies, people and organizations, as well as connecting existing industries with digital technologies. As part of the efforts to achieve this goal, METI held the second round table conference with METI Minister Seko, bringing together key industrial players and experts in Japan, to hold discussions on initiatives in the public and private sectors.

At the first round table held in May 2017, participants held discussions citing specific case examples of industrial efforts involving the Connected Industries Policy concept, as achievements derived from advanced technologies under the Smart Manufacturing policy, approaches to combining biological and digital fields, artificial intelligence (AI) utilization, and other initiatives. Based on these case examples, they showed points of contention and identified areas requiring competitive and cooperative initiatives and explained the necessity of changing business models, enhancing human resource development, and integrating biotechnology and digital technology.

Note: For details of the first round table, visit the METI website below.
News release: Round Table Conference on “Connected Industries” Held with METI Minister Mr. Seko and Top Company Executives in Related Industries

In June 2017, METI held the first symposium for the policy concept “Connected Industries,” bringing together approximately 600 stakeholders. Experts from industry and academia held three panel discussions concerning the topics of “current situation and challenges,” “connecting experiences of forerunners,” and “future visions.” Participants shared information on case examples of leading companies and also deepened their understanding of the policy through panelists’ proactive discussions on future directions and possible obstacles to efforts involving the policy.

Note: For details of the symposium, visit the METI website below.
News release: “Connected Industries” Symposium Held

The second round table focused on the subject of “identification of areas requiring competitive and cooperative initiatives as well as the necessity of changing business models,” from among the points of contention raised in the first round table and the symposium. On this subject, participating industrial players and experts proactively exchanged views with Minister Seko, and they agreed that they will continue to further deepen discussions to achieve the Connected Industries Policy concept.

2. Participants

Yoshiharu Inaba
Chairman and CEO, FANUC Corporation; Chairman, Japan Robot Association
Hideaki Omiya
Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry; Vice-Chairman, The Japan Machinery Federation
Hideichi Kawasaki
Chairman of the Board, Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.; Chairman, Communications and Information Network Association of Japan
Yoshimitsu Kobayashi
Chairperson, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation; Representative Director, Keizai Doyukai
Jasper Cheung
President, Amazon Japan, K.K.
Shusaku Nagae
Director, Chairman of the Board, Panasonic Corporation; Chairman, Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association
Toru Nishikawa
Founder/CEO, Preferred Networks, Inc.
Toshiaki Higashihara
President/CEO, Hitachi, Ltd.; Vice Chairman, Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association
Masayuki Makino
CEO, Works Applications Co., Ltd.
Jun Murai
Chairman, IoT Acceleration Consortium; Dean/Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
Kenichiro Yamanishi
Chairman, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Vice-Chair, Keidanren
(in the order of the Japanese syllabary)

Release date

July 6, 2017

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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