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METI Establishes Study Group for Digital Transformation

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) considers the popularization of digital transformation of businesses in Japan as a necessary foundation on which industrial players will be able to further expand their business in a strategic manner. To this end, METI has established the Study Group for Digital Transformation to discuss the challenges in and measures for this digital transformation.

1. Purpose of and background to the establishment of the study group

Facing the recent rapid advance of digitalization, industrial players in Japan must take advantage of new digital technologies to strategically create new added value, and this digitalization is called “digital transformation.” Meanwhile, some companies mention that they face significant obstacles to digital transformation, such as aged IT systems and the maintenance and operation costs involved in such IT systems. To overcome this situation, the study group will hold a series of meetings to discuss such challenges and measures for solving them.

2. Schedule

Following on from its first meeting in the mid May 2018, the study group will hold its meetings periodically. The meetings will not be open to the public in order to ensure an opportunity for companies’ representatives and members of the study group to exchange their opinions in a frank and free manner. However, progress reports of the meetings will be made public.

Release date

May 11, 2018

Division in Charge

IT Innovation Division & IT Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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