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METI and the IoT Acceleration Labs Determine 19 Regions as Winners for the Fourth Selection under the Local IoT Acceleration Labs Project

September 7, 2018

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the IoT Acceleration Lab have been selecting initiatives that create IoT projects in local areas as “Local IoT Acceleration Labs” since June 10, 2016. METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab hereby announce that they have completed the fourth selection process for applicants and determined 19 regions as new winners.

1. Outline on the Local IoT Acceleration Labs project

With the advent of IoT, big data and AI, industries and society as a whole are seeing significant changes all over the world. In response to this situation, it is necessary for Japan, as well as other countries, to create new IoT business models, develop and discover IoT platform creators, and use them as a driving force for new growth.

In this context, METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab have been engaging in efforts towards selecting and publicizing initiatives that create IoT projects in local areas as “Local IoT Acceleration Labs”. Through this project, the Lab provides assistance by granting licenses for use of official logos, conveying information on winners to members of the IoT Acceleration Lab, (e.g., through sending email newsletters and event news), and dispatching mentors to regional projects and companies to provide encouragement and aid in ensuring success in development. METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab have sounded a call for applicants since 2016, and selected a total of 74 regions under the Local IoT Acceleration Labs project to this point (29 regions at the first selection in July 2016, 24 regions at the second selection in March 2017, and 21 regions at the third selection in August 2018).

2. Fourth selection of applicants under the Local IoT Acceleration Labs project

Concerning the regions that filed an application by August 6, 2018, METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab filtered the applicants through a series of interviews to confirm details of their initiatives and finally selected the winning regions for the third selection that meet the three criteria of: [ⅰ] regional-based uniqueness, [ⅱ] vitality and continuity of the municipality, and [ⅲ] diversity and solidarity.
The winners for the fourth selection are 19 regions as below:

19 selected regions:
Muroran City, Hokkaido Prefecture / Kitami City, Hokkaido Prefecture / Wakkanai City, Hokkaido Prefecture / Naganuma Town, Hokkaido Prefecture / Higashikawa Town, Hokkaido Prefecture / Aomori Prefecture / Iwate Prefecture / Takizawa City, Iwate Prefecture / Akita Prefecture / Tochigi Prefecture / Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture / Maibara City, Shiga Prefecture / Yao City, Osaka Prefecture / Tokushima Prefecture / Kamiyama Town, Tokushima Prefecture / Takamatsu City. Kagawa Prefecture / Shimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture / Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture

On September 18, a recognition ceremony for the winners for the fourth selection will be held at the event jointly organized by METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab at Belle Salle Shinjuku.

Division in Charge

IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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