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Round Table Conference on Ed-tech and Recurrent Education Held between METI Minister Seko and Leading Stakeholders in Related Fields

With Japanese industries facing rapid changes in business environments due to the fourth industrial revolution and the arrival of the era of the 100-year lifespan, dramatic enhancement of human resource capabilities as a basis for the sustainable growth of these industries is an urgent obstacle that must be overcome.

To overcome this obstacle, “Ed-tech,” which is an approach to supporting teachers and schools that take advantage of the power of technology, and “recurrent education,” which is an approach to encouraging workers to build their careers through lifelong education, are the principal efforts to reform the current Japanese education- and human resources-development systems.

Against this backdrop, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held a round table conference concerning the fields of Ed-tech and recurrent education in order to discuss future ideal approaches to advancing Japan’s education and human resource development, bringing together Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Mr. Kosaburo Nishime, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and inviting companies and experts engaged in cutting-edge initiatives in related fields to participate in the discussions.

1. Background and purpose

With Japanese industries facing rapid changes in business environments due to the fourth industrial revolution and the arrival of the era of the 100-year lifespan, dramatic enhancement of human resource capabilities as a basis for the sustainable growth of these industries is an urgent obstacle that must be overcome.

To overcome this obstacle, the government of Japan established the Council for Promoting the Vision for an Era of the 100-year Lifespans. The Council intends to advance discussions on approaches to securing universal educational opportunities, enrichment of Japan’s recurrent education system, and other issues.

METI recognizes “Ed-tech,” which is an approach to supporting teachers and schools that take advantage of the power of technology, and “recurrent education,” which is an approach to encouraging workers to build their careers through lifelong education, as principal efforts for reform of the current Japanese education- and human-resources-development systems. METI will strive to advance these approaches throughout the country.

Concerning the fields of Ed-tech and recurrent education, METI held a round table conference to discuss future ideal approaches to advancing Japan’s education and human resource development, bringing together Minister Seko and State Minister Nishime, and inviting companies and experts engaged in cutting-edge initiatives in related fields to participate in the discussions.

METI will endeavor to advance further discussion in these fields.

2. Participants

  • Mr. Haruki Asatani, CEO, LOUPE, Inc.
  • Mr. Rikei Kato, Vice President, Classi Corp.
  • Mr. Yuichi Kudo, Principal, Kojimachi Junior High School, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
  • Ms. Miwa Tanaka, President/Co-founder, Waris, Inc.
  • Mr. Tadafumi Miyajima, President, Institute of Social Human Capital
  • Mr. Kenshiro Mori, President, Schoo, Inc.

Release date

September 5, 2017

Division in Charge

Office for Human Resources Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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