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A Study Group for Risk Capital Supply for the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Hold its Meetings

Based on the content of the New Industrial Structure Vision (re-named as "Future Vision towards 2030s") compiled on May 30, 2017, The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) recognizes the need to hold discussions regarding challenges that Japan is facing in supplying risk capital and measures for overcoming such challenges. To address this, METI has decided to establish a Study Group to examine the Supply of Risk Capital for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and hold discussions concerning these issues, taking into consideration the current situation of global finance.

1. Purpose

With the global advancement of innovative technologies (e.g., IoT, big data and AI) as outcomes of what is called the fourth industrial revolution, Japan should establish the specific measures that will allow the country to take advantage of its strengths and lead to the significant growth of its economy. To this end, METI decided to establish a Study Group on the Supply of Risk Capital for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and hold discussions concerning these issues.

2. Subjects to be discussed

The study group will hold discussions concerning the following subjects and examine the future directions of measures that Japan should take.

  1. Demand for risk capital for the fourth industrial revolution
    • Challenges in establishing a global-venture ecosystem
    • Challenges in creating innovation and optimizing business portfolios
  2. Supply of risk capital in other countries and challenges that Japan is facing
    • Global supply situation for funding
    • Current state of risk capital in Japan and challenges that Japan is facing
  3. Future directions of measures (e.g., development of environments), taking the items above into consideration

3. Schedule

The study group will hold its first meeting on October 18 (Wed.), its second on October 25 (Wed.), and its third on November 8 (Wed.), 2017. Following these meetings, it will compile the findings into a report by the end of FY2017.

The meetings will be closed to the public in order to ensure an opportunity for members of the study group to exchange their opinions freely. However, METI will make the distributed materials and summaries of the minutes of the meetings available to the public after each meeting.

Release date

October 16, 2017

Division in Charge

Industrial Revitalization Division & Industrial Finance Division, 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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