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Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi Attends G7 Innovation Ministerial Meeting

Mr. Masaki Ogushi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Canada to attend a G7 Innovation Ministerial Meeting.

1. G7 Innovation Ministerial Meeting

A G7 Innovation Ministerial Meeting was held under the 2018 chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada. Participating ministers held discussions concerning expected impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) and other innovative technologies on industries, common approaches to bringing about economic and social benefits through AI, political frameworks to promote innovation, and other issues. Moreover, a joint session with a G7 Employment Ministerial Meeting was held to discuss issues involving employment with innovative technologies and the expected impact of these technologies on labor markets.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi delivered a speech and explained Japan’s Connected Industries policy, a concept under which Japan aims to create new value and solve social challenges through utilization of data, as well as initiatives of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) involving the development of new industries. He also stressed the importance of free flow of data as an environment in which businesses are encouraged to make use of data.

Highlights of the outcome documents (chairs’ summary and annexes) of the meeting are as follows.

  1. The ministers confirmed that innovative technologies, such as AI and robots, will bring together economic and social benefits and that supporting digitalization of SMEs and improving digital skills of social minorities are important elements for their comprehensive growth.
  2. The ministers confirmed the importance of building open and fair market environments to promote innovations through AI, including opposition to data localization requirements that are unjustifiable, taking into account the promotion of free flow of information and the legitimate public policy objectives and opposition to policies that require access to, or transfer of, generally-applied source code of mass market software as a condition for market access.
  3. The ministers recognize the importance of discussions among G7 member countries concerning future economic, legal, social and ethical issues in developing and disseminating AI and approaches to utilizing the potential of transformative technologies, and to discuss these issues, Canada will convene a multi-stakeholder conference on AI in the fall of 2018.
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2. Meeting with H.E. Mr. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission (EC)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi held a meeting with EC Vice-President Ansip, a leader of the Digital Single Market project. The two sides held discussions concerning the advancement of Japan-EU cooperation in the field of AI, smooth cross-border data transfer, actions against data localization requirements that are unjustifiable in view of the legitimate public policy objectives, and other issues. Moreover, Japan requested that the EC cooperate with Japan in its serving as a chair of the G20 from December 2018.

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Release date

March 29, 2018

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