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Future Visions of the Manufacturing Industry: Discover Tips for Value Creation in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution METI to hold the first "Connected Industries" international symposium

In March 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released the policy concept “Connected Industries” as a goal that Japanese industries should aim to create new added value through connectedness of and the solutions to various problems in society through connectedness of various facets of modern life, including humans (including our roles as consumers and suppliers), machines, systems, companies, data and other societal elements. Against the backdrop that global society has been trying to discover the industrial frontier in the current era, METI will hold the first international symposium concerning Japan’s “Connected Industries” policy concept, while also bringing together worldwide top-runners playing a leading role in realizing respective policies: experts from the World Economic Forum (WEF) regarding the “fourth industrial revolution,” Germany regarding the “Industrie 4.0,” China regarding “Made-in-China 2025,” and the United States regarding the “Industrial Internet.” This is a part of the record-largest event titled “International Robot Exhibition 2017.”

1. Prior-registration website for attending the symposium

For prior-registration for attending the symposium, visit the website for registrationexternal link (in Japanese) and fill out the registration form. Admission is free.

2. Outline of the symposium

(1)Date and time:
November 30 (Thurs.), 2017; from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (reception will open at 9:30 a.m.)
International Conference Room, 7th floor of Conference Tower, Tokyo Big Sight
[ⅰ] Opening remarks: METI official,
[ⅱ] Keynote speech: WEF official,
[ⅲ] Speeches by representatives of major countries

Concept of speech



WEF as an Advocate of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Future Visions of the Manufacturing Industry under Society 5.0

(Under coordination)


Future Visions of Monodzukuri and Robotics Brought About by Connected Industries

Mr. Hideaki Omiya, President, RRI (Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry)


Current Situation of Industrie 4.0 and Challenges Therein: Toward the Future of the Manufacturing Industry

Mr. Markus Heβ, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)


Current Situation of Made-in-China 2025 and Challenges Therein: Toward the Future of the Manufacturing Industry

Ms. Li Haihua, Vice Chief Engineer, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT)

The United States

Current Situation of the Industrial Internet and Challenges Therein: Toward the Future of the Manufacturing Industry

Mr. Wael William Diab, Chair, Industrial Analysis-Technology Liaison Working Group, Industrial Internet Consortium

For further details of the “Connected Industries”, visit the METI website for Connected Industries.

Release date

October 23, 2017

Division in Charge

Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Manufacturing Industries 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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