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“Connected Industries’ Tokyo Initiative 2017” Released

In March 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released the policy concept “Connected Industries” as a goal for Japanese industries to create new value through connecting things, people, technologies, organizations and other societal elements.  As one of the efforts for achieving the goal, on October 2, 2017, METI held a Connected Industries Conference. At the conference, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, released “Connected Industries’ Tokyo Initiative 2017” as a futuristic view of Japanese industries.

Background and purpose

In March 2017, METI proposed the policy concept “Connected Industries” as a goal for Japanese industries to create new added value through connecting things, people, technologies, organizations and other societal elements.

As one of the efforts for achieving the goal, at the conference on October 2, 2017, Minister Seko released “Connected Industries’ Tokyo Initiative 2017,” as a futuristic view of Japanese industries.

Under this initiative, Japan will strive to identify priority fields and intensively invest policy resources in those specific fields, as well as promoting cross-sectoral policies, thereby allowing Japanese industries to gain a foothold in the competitive global “real-data*” markets.

*Note:“Real-data” is data which cannot be retrieved from the “virtual” world but from the “real” world, where actual data and information are created, for example from medical treatment locations, manufacturing plants and autonomous driving test sites.


Minister Seko delivering opening remarks

Ceremonial photo
 

Appendix

Connected Industries’ Tokyo Initiative 2017 (Full Text) (in Japanese, the English version will be posted soon.)

Release date

October 2, 2017

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Related website

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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