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  • Round Table Conference between Minister Seko and Members of the Study Group for Enhancing Human Resource Capability in Japanese Industries Held to Compile a Report of the Study Group

Round Table Conference between Minister Seko and Members of the Study Group for Enhancing Human Resource Capability in Japanese Industries Held to Compile a Report of the Study Group

In light of the arrival of the era of the 100-year lifespan, in September 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) launched a Study Group for Enhancing Human Resource Capability in Japanese Industries to study a package of issues including: [ⅰ] clarification of future necessary human resources and enrichment of Japan’s recurrent education system and [ⅱ] development of environments to encourage core human resources to play a central role, in particular through mobility from large enterprises to SMEs and other entities. The study group has held ongoing discussions.

As part of the efforts for compiling a report of the study group, METI held a round table conference with Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of METI, bringing together members of the study group. At the conference, the members presented briefings on the details of the discussions and exchanged views with Minister Seko.

1. Background and purpose

As Japanese industries are facing dramatic changes in business environments due to changes in population dynamics, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and other elements, dramatic enhancement of human resource capability as a basis for sustainable growth is an urgent challenge that they must overcome.

Bearing these changes and challenges in mind, METI launched a Study Group for Enhancing Human Resource Capability in Japanese Industries to study: [ⅰ] enrichment of Japan’s recurrent education system; [ⅱ] development of environments to encourage core human resources to play increasingly important roles, in particular through mobility from large enterprises to SMEs and other entities; [ⅲ] clarification  and utilization of necessary human resources as a basis of achieving desired ends, and how best to secure these human resources, and; [ⅳ] roles that industrial players should play in this process. In addition, two working groups called (1) “Working Group for Necessary Human Resources and Career Building Assistance” (hereafter referred to as the “Necessary Human Resources WG”) and (2) “Working Group for Promoting Securing and Utilization of Core Human Resources in SMEs, Micro Businesses, Start-ups, etc.” (hereafter referred to as the “Core Human Resources Securing WG”) were formed under the study group. This study group and the working groups have been discussing the future directions toward which Japan should advance to consolidate efforts for developing human resources.

As part of these efforts, METI held a round table conference with Minister Seko, bringing together members of the study group. At the conference, the members presented briefings on the details of the discussions to compile a report and exchanged views with Minister Seko.

2. Participants in the conference

  • Mr. Koichiro Imano, Emeritus Professor, Gakushuin University (chair of the study group and Core Human Resources Securing WG)
  • Mr. Yasuo Suwa, Emeritus Professor, Hosei University (chair of Necessary Human Resources WG)
  • Mr. Tomoyuki Mizutani, Chairman, Platform for Vitalizing Regional Areas and Encouraging Education
  • Mr. Tadafumi Miyajima, CEO/President, Institute of Social Human Capital
  • Mr. Eiki Yoneda, President, Essence Co., Ltd.
  • Mr. Kenshiro Mori, President, Schoo, Inc.

Release date

March 14, 2018

Division in Charge

  • Office for Human Resources Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI
  • Business Support Division, Business Support Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency
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