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  • Round Table Conference on Connected Industries Held - METI Minister Seko Discusses Autonomous Driving, Monodzukuri (manufacturing), and Robotics with Leading Executives

Round Table Conference on Connected Industries Held - METI Minister Seko Discusses Autonomous Driving, Monodzukuri (manufacturing), and Robotics 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.

Briefings on specific action plans to encourage data utilization were made by industrial associations and companies in the manufacturing industry. Minister Seko and participants involved in the fields of autonomous driving, monodzukuri (manufacturing), and robotics held proactive discussions in light of these action plans.

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’s goals.
Against this backdrop, METI held the round table conference bringing together Minister Seko and top industry executives in the fields of autonomous driving, monodzukuri (manufacturing), and robotics. On this occasion, participants received briefings on specific efforts in these fields from industrial associations and companies in the manufacturing industry and held discussions on related issues.

Participants agreed that in response to the opinions offered by the participants, the working groups will advance specific actions involving data utilization, human resource development and other areas to realize the potential of public-private cooperation. METI will convey such cooperative achievements to a wide variety of people inside and outside Japan.

Note: For details of the initiative, see the METI website for the Connected Industries. 

2. Participants

  • Mr. Yoshiharu Inaba, Chairman and CEO, FANUC Corporation; Director, Japan Robot Association
  • Mr. Hideaki Omiya, Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry; Vice Chairman, The Japan Machinery Federation
  • Mr. Minoru Kamata, Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo; Chair, Panel on Business Strategy of Automated Driving
  • Mr. Hiroto Saikawa, CEO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.; Vice Chairman, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.
  • Mr. Tsutomu Nakajima, President, Dynamic Map Platform Co., Ltd.
  • Mr. Yasuyuki Nishioka, President, Industrial Valuechain Initiative; Professor, Graduate School of Engineering and Design, Hosei University
  • Mr. Toru Nishikawa, Founder/CEO, Preferred Networks, Inc.
  • Mr. Toshiaki Higashihara, President/CEO, Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Mr. Masahiko Mori, President, DMG Mori CO., Ltd.; Vice Chairman, Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association
  • Mr. Kenichiro Yamanishi, Executive Corporate Adviser, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Vice Chair, Keidanren

(in the order of the Japanese syllabary)

Release date

May 28, 2018

Division in Charge

  • Information in general:
    Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau
  • Information on the autonomous driving industry:
    IST and Autonomous Driving Promotion Office, Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
  • Information on the manufacturing and robotics industry
    Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
    Robotics Policy Office, Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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