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  • Round Table Conference on Connected Industries Held - Minister Seko Discusses Biotechnologies, Materials and Plant/Infrastructure Safety Management with Leading Executives

Round Table Conference on Connected Industries Held - Minister Seko Discusses Biotechnologies, Materials and Plant/Infrastructure Safety Management with Leading Executives

The Connected Industries Policy is Japan’s concept aiming to create new added value or overcome societal challenges through connecting a variety of industries. As part of the efforts to achieve this goal, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held a round table conference between Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and industrial players and experts.

At the round table conference, Minister Seko and participants involved in the fields of biotechnologies and materials as well as plant/infrastructure safety management held proactive discussions in light of the briefings on specific action plans to encourage data utilization that were made by industrial associations and companies in the chemical industry.

1. Background and purpose

The Connected Industries Policy is Japan’s concept aiming to create new added value or overcome societal challenges through connection among machines, data, technologies, people and organizations, including those between the existing industries and digital technologies. As one of the efforts to this end, in October 2017, Minister Seko released a “‘Connected Industries’ Tokyo Initiative 2017” as a futuristic view of Japanese industries.

As the initiative stipulates five priority fields, METI established five field-based working groups, and these working groups have been intensively discussing specific actions to achieve the initiative.

Against this backdrop, METI held the round table conference bringing together Minister Seko and top industry executives in the fields of biotechnologies and materials as well as plant/infrastructure safety management. On this occasion, participants received briefings on specific efforts in these five fields from industrial associations and companies in the chemical industry and held discussions on related issues.

Finally, participants agreed that in response to the opinions offered by the participants, the working groups will advance specific actions to realize achievements of public-private cooperation initiatives and will convey such achievements of the initiatives to a wide variety of people inside and outside Japan, and that METI will provide similar opportunities in a timely manner from 2019 onward for participants to receive briefings and hold discussions on progress in efforts in these fields and to discuss future necessary actions.

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2. Participants

Mr. Tsutomu Tannowa, President, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc./Chairman, Japan Petrochemical Industry Association
Mr. Osamu Ishitobi, Chairman of the Board, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd./Chairman, Japan Chemical Industry Association
Mr. Yasushi Kimura, Representative Director, JXTG Holdings, Inc./Chairman, Petroleum Association of Japan
Mr. Noriaki Kobayashi, Senior Executive Officer, Kirin Holdings Company, Limited
Mr. Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, Chairperson, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation/Representative Director, Keizai Doyukai
Mr. Toru Nishikawa, Founder/CEO, Preferred Networks, Inc.
(in the order of the Japanese syllabary)

Release date

May 21, 2018

Divisions in Charge

  • Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau
  • Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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