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White Paper on Open Innovation Compiled

Japan has been aiming to contribute to the creation of innovation and the enhancement of competitiveness of Japanese companies or entities. To achieve that goal, quantitative data related to open innovation, case examples of successful companies that promoted open innovation and other data were studied, and the challenges and success factors found in the study compiled into a report titled “White Paper on Open Innovation.”

1. Outline

As globalization has been developing, and as markets have matured, Japan is required to address the severe changes in environments, such as diversified customer needs and commoditization of products due to the dissemination of IT. In this situation, Japanese companies have been facing severe competitive environments in which a simple, existing business model, such as their own products and management resources, no longer create new value (innovation).

As a means to address this situation, a new idea called “Open Innovation” (hereinafter referred to as “OI”) is gaining recognition. Through this idea, businesses will be able to create new value by taking on external and other technologies or ideas that will contribute to their creation of future innovation. To encourage OI, the Japan Open Innovation Council (JOIC) streamlined quantitative data on it, analyzed or examined challenges as well as obstructive and success factors that were derived from the study of case examples of Japanese and overseas leading entities tackling OI, and compiled the results into the white paper.

The utilization of the white paper is expected to contribute to disseminating the effectiveness of OI among industrial and other sectors and to making the idea fully take root in them, thereby leading to the establishment of a truly-functional innovation ecosystem in Japan.

2. Highlights of the first version of the white paper

The white paper targets executive management and other business owners as readers of the companies that intend to promote OI programs and have already started the related efforts.

The white paper provides chronologically-streamlined quantitative data on large companies, universities or public organizations that collaborate with external entities. In addition, it also offers the case examples of 11 domestic and five overseas companies in the manufacturing industry that have achieved certain results through OI programs as well as examples in Silicon Valley, Israel or other places overseas that endeavor to establish an ecosystem for creating OI. Based on these case examples, the white paper examines obstructive and success factors involving the promotion of OI.

The data and case examples contained in the white paper will help Japanese companies learn about the knowledge to overcome some challenges, such as gaining internal understanding for introducing OI programs or developing organizational structures for OI.

Table of contents of the first version of the white paper

  • Chapter 1: Definition and History of Open Innovation
  • Chapter 2: Current State of Domestic Open Innovation Shown by Data
  • Chapter 3: Challenges and Obstructive Factors Involving Open Innovation that Japan is Facing
  • Chapter 4: International Comparison of Ecosystems that will Create Open Innovation
  • Chapter 5: Case Examples of Entities Promoting Open Innovation
  • Chapter 6: Analysis of Open Innovation Success Factors Resulting from the Efforts by Entities
  • Chapter 7: Reports on Activities for the Creation of Open Innovation

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
(Secretariat of the Japan Open Innovation Council)

Japan Open Innovation Council (JOIC) (official website) (in Japanese)external link

Release date

July 8, 2016

Division in Charge

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

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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