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METI and the IoT Acceleration Labs Determine 21 Regions as Winners for the Third Selection under the Local IoT Acceleration Labs Project

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the IoT Acceleration Lab has been selecting initiatives that create IoT projects in local areas as “Local IoT Acceleration Labs” since June 10, 2016. METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab hereby announce that they completed the third selection process for applicants and determined 21 regions as new winners.

1. Outline on the Local IoT Acceleration Labs project

With the advent of IoT, big data and AI, industries and society as a whole are seeing significant changes all over the world. In response to this situation, it is necessary for Japan, as well as other countries, to create new IoT business models, develop and discover IoT platform creators, and use them as a driving force for new growth.

In this context, METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab have been engaging in efforts towards selecting and publicizing initiatives that create IoT projects in local areas as “Local IoT Acceleration Labs”. Through this project, the Lab provides assistance by granting licenses for use of official logos, conveying information on winners to members of the IoT Acceleration Lab, (e.g., through sending email newsletters and event news), and dispatching mentors to regional projects and companies to provide encouragement and aid in ensuring success in development. METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab sounded a call for applicants in 2016, and selected 29 regions for the first selection in July 2016 and 24 regions for the second selection in March 2017, with 53 regions total selected under the Local IoT Acceleration Labs project to this point.

2. Third selection of applicants under the Local IoT Acceleration Labs project

Concerning the regions that filed an application by June 23, 2017, METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab filtered the applicants through a series of interviews to confirm details of their initiatives and finally selected the winning regions for the third selection that meet three criteria of [ⅰ] regional-based uniqueness, [ⅱ] vitality and continuity of the municipality, and [ⅲ] diversity and solidarity.

The winners for the third selection are 21 regions as below:
21 selected regions:
Sarufutsu Village, Hokkaido Prefecture / Akita Yokorenkei (Yokote City, Daisen City, Gojyome Town, and Higashinaruse Village) / Yamagata Prefecture / Nagaoka City, Nigata Prefecture / Gunma Prefecture / Yamanashi Prefecture / Ota Ward, Tokyo / Kawakami Village, Nagano Prefecture / Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture / Kahoku City, Ishikawa Prefecture /Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture / Kakamigahara City, Gifu Prefecture / Kota Town, Aichi Prefecture / Eiheiji Town, Fukui Prefecture / Asuka Village, Nara Prefecture / Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture / Okayama Prefecture / Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture / Tottori Prefecture / Minami Town, Tokushima Prefecture / Minamishimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture

Release date

August 7, 2017

Division in Charge

IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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