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METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab to Hold a Joint Event Titled "Connected Industries Symposium"

The Connected Industries policy is Japan’s concept aiming to create new value added or overcome social challenges through connection among a variety of industries. As one of the efforts for promoting the policy concept, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a symposium.

Jointly held with other events involving the IoT Acceleration Lab, the symposium will bring together expert panelists mainly involved in venture businesses and provide panel discussions focusing on three subjects: roles that venture businesses should play, expansion of industrial connection, and development and securing of human resources for connected industries.

1. Background and purpose

In March 2017, METI released the policy concept  "Connected Industries" as a goal that Japanese industries should aim at to create new value through connecting things, people, technologies, organizations and other social elements.

In light of this policy concept, in June 2017, METI held the first Connected Industries Symposium, bringing together approximately 600 stakeholders from government, industry and academia. Experts in the industry and academia sectors held three panel discussions concerning the subjects of the "current situation and challenges,"  "connecting experiences of forerunners," and "future visions." Participants shared information on case examples of leading companies and also deepened their understanding of the policy concept through panelists’ proactive discussions on future directions and possible challenges in efforts involving the policy concept.

Against this backdrop, METI decided to hold the second symposium as another effort for achieving the policy concept, as a joint event taking the opportunity of other events involving the IoT Acceleration Lab.

At the symposium, experts mainly in the field of venture businesses will hold panel discussions and exchange sophisticated views on approaches to achieving the Connected Industries policy concept.

2. Outline of the symposium

July 25 (Tue.), 2017; from 13:00 to 14:20
Rooms C-E, fourth floor, Bell Salle Nihombashi(capacity: about 340)
IoT Acceleration Lab, METI and NEDO
Kazuhiko Toyama, chairman, IoT Acceleration Lab
Masahiko Inada, CEO, Kabuku Inc.
Takuma Iwasa, president, Cerevo Inc.
Yuji Ueda, chairman, Sharing Economy Association, Japan
Osamu Ogasawara, CEO, ABBALab inc./fellow, SAKURA Internet Inc./professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design
Soichi Kariyazono, chairman, Japan Venture Capital Association (provisional)
(in the order of the Japanese syllabary; honorifics omitted)
  1. Opening remarks
  2. Keynote speech; introduction of panelists
  3. Panel discussions
Scheduled subjects (tentative):
Approaches to well-organized industrial connection between venture businesses and large enterprises, etc., focusing on roles that venture businesses should play in particular;
Approaches to expanding the industrial connection to a subjective body of a wide variety of entities;
Development and securing of human resources for connected industries

3. How to attend the symposium

Observers are allowed to enter the stage site.
If you have membership in the IoT Acceleration Lab and intend to observe the event, please register in advance by sending an application form through the following website:
(Closing date: 12:00 p.m., July 20 (Tue.), 2017)
Note: Interviews will be available. When you intend to make an interview, please contact IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI. (Telephone: 03-3501-2646)


  • If you do not have membership, please register in advance on the following website concerning the membership guide before applying for the event.
  • Please note that completion of registration may take a few days.
  • Please note that participants will be selected by lottery in case that the number of applicants exceeds the maximum capacity of the venue. METI will send email to all applicants for the event by July 20 (Thu.), 2017, regardless of the results of the lottery.

Release date

July 18, 2017

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Related website

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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