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Third 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 third round table conference between Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and industrial players and experts.

At the third round table, participants proactively exchanged views concerning different approaches to advancing concrete discussions on data-based business reforms undertaken by respective companies, cross-sectoral business collaboration, government-led infrastructure development, and other issues.

1. Background and purpose

The Connected Industries Policy is Japan’s vision for creating new added value and overcoming societal challenges through connecting a variety of things, including machines, data, technologies, people and organizations, as well as connecting existing industries utilizing digital technologies. As part of the efforts to achieve this goal, METI held the third 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 second round table conference held in June 2017, participants held discussions concerning identification of areas requiring cooperative initiatives in data utilization and other efforts, and the shift in business models.

In July 2017, as a joint event with the IoT Acceleration Lab, METI held the Second Connected Industries Symposium. The symposium brought together expert panelists mainly involved in venture businesses and held panel discussions focusing on three subjects: roles that venture businesses should play, increasing connections between industries, and development and employment of human resources for connected industries, for an audience of approximately 300 participants. The Participants deepened their understanding of the policy through panelists’ proactive discussions on these topics.

The third round table conference exchanged views concerning particular approaches to advancing concrete discussions in each major field, focusing on data harmonization, cooperation between large companies and venture businesses and promotion of standardization, as an effort towards achieving the Connected Industries.

2. Participants

Yoshiharu Inaba
Chairman and CEO, FANUC Corporation; Chairman, Japan Robot Association
Hideaki Omiya
Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.; 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
Hiroto Saikawa
CEO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.; President, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.
Kazuhiko Toyama
Managing partner/CEO, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.; Chairman, IoT Acceleration Lab
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.
Akio Mimura
Chairman, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Senior Advisor, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
Jun Murai
Chairman, IoT Acceleration Consortium; Dean/Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
Masahiko Mori
President, DMG Mori Co., Ltd.; Vice Chairman, Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association
Kenichiro Yamanishi
Chairman, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Vice-Chair, Keidanren
(in the order of the Japanese syllabary; honorifics omitted)

Release date

August 31, 2017

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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