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Second Edition of the White Paper on Open Innovation Compiled

June 27, 2018

Joint Press Release with NEDO

For the purpose of making the current situation of Japan’s efforts for open innovation visible and sharing them with a broad range of people, METI hereby releases the second edition of the White Paper on Open Innovation.

The second edition shows the related data and successful case examples involving open innovation (updated from the first edition, issued in July 2016) and it uncovers the purpose of open innovation and intended and anticipated outcomes from open innovation, contains an organized compilation of promising efforts, and highlights noteworthy points of interest in pursuing such efforts in a well-organized format.

1. Outline

It is difficult for Japanese companies to create innovation that create new customer value exclusively from in-house resources and now they constantly face ever-increasingly competitive business environments. As an indispensable strategy to overcome this situation, Japanese companies should utilize open innovation, an approach that makes use of a variety of resources from around the world.

Against this backdrop, the first edition of the White Paper on Open Innovation compiled in July 2016 presented relevant aggregated data to bring attention to the current situation of Japan’s efforts for open innovation and share them with a broad range of people. It provided case examples of leading companies engaging in open innovation and reaching certain levels of success through repeating trial and error processes.

The second edition which has now been compiled shows relevant data and successful case examples of open innovation which have been updated from those in the first edition; uncovers the purpose of open innovation and intended and anticipated outcomes from open innovation, contains an organized compilation of promising efforts, and highlights noteworthy points of interest in pursuing such efforts in a well-organized format. 

2. Highlights of the second edition of the white paper

Targeting business owners and employees of private companies who intend to promote or have already started open innovation programs, the second edition of the white paper presents a thorough, quantitative analysis of the current situation of and challenges in Japanese companies and contains opinions from consultants, business insiders and academics that have succeeded in open innovation, collected through personal interviews. This quantitative/advice approach makes the content of the white paper both actionable and impactful.

Highlights of the revision

Table of contents of the second edition of the white paper

Chapter 1: Importance and History of Open Innovation
Chapter 2: Data on Current State of Domestic Open Innovation
Chapter 3: International Comparison of Ecosystems that will Facilitate Open Innovation
Chapter 4: Case Examples of Domestic Entities Promoting Open Innovation
Chapter 5: Challenges, Obstacles and Success Factors Involving Open Innovation Faced by Japan
Chapter 6: Reports on JOIC’s Activities for the Creation of Open Innovation

Reference

Division in Charge

Innovation and Industry-University Collaboration Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau