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CEATEC JAPAN 2018 “Connected Industries” Symposium Held

October 18, 2018

“Connected Industries” is Japan’s conceptual framework in which industries will create new added value and develop the solutions to various societal challenges through creating connections between various facets of modern life. As part of the efforts for promoting the policy concept, on October 16, 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held a symposium on October 16, 2018, at a part of the CEATEC JAPAN 2018 exhibition site.

This symposium presented an overview of Japan’s past efforts involving the Connected Industries policy, and held a panel discussion to exchange views on the past efforts and future perspectives concerning the three subjects: efforts for promoting the utilization of industrial data, collaborative efforts between AI venture businesses and large or mid-ranking companies, and development of human resources expertized in the field of AI under the Connected Industries policy.

1. Background and purpose

“Connected Industries” is Japan’s conceptual framework in which industries will create new added value and develop the solutions to various societal problems through creating connections between various facets of modern life, including people, goods and technologies, beyond the borders of companies, industries and generations. Since the release of the concept in March 2017, METI has been advancing efforts to achieve the policy concept.

On October 16, 2018, METI held a “Connected Industries” Symposium at a part of the CEATEC JAPAN 2018 exhibition site.

This symposium presented an overview of Japan’s past efforts involving the Connected Industries policy, and held a panel discussion to exchange views on the past efforts and future perspectives concerning the three subjects: efforts for promoting the utilization of industrial data, collaborative efforts between AI venture businesses and large or mid-ranking companies, and development of human resources expertized in the field of AI under the Connected Industries policy.

2. Outline of the conference

Date and time: October 16 (Tue.), 2018; from 10:00 to 13:00
Venue: Room 301, third floor, International Conference Hall, Makuhari Messe
Organizer: METI

3. Program

Opining remarks:

Topic: Explanation of overall progress in the Connected Industries policy concept
Speaker: Mr. Yohei Matsuda, Director, Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI

Session 1: Efforts for promoting utilization of industrial data

<Moderator>
Mr. Atsushi Okada, Lawyer, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
<Panelists>
Mr. Yasuo Ikeda, Representative Director and President, Ship Data Center Co., Ltd.
Mr. Nobuya Yamamoto, Director, Dynamic Map Platform Co., Ltd.
Mr. Kazuhiro Inamura, Director, Technology Planning Department, Japan Petroleum Energy Center
Mr. Yasuyuki Nishioka, President, Industrial Valuechain Initiative; Professor, Graduate School of Engineering and Design, Hosei University
Mr. Sousuke Kiba, Partner, Universal Materials Incubator Co., Ltd.
Mr. Shuichi Yoshimura, Director, Venture & Growth Investment Group, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Ltd.

Session 2: Collaborative efforts between AI venture businesses and large or mid-ranking companies (45 minutes)

<Moderator>
Mr. Tomonori Endo, Chief Editor, Nikkei Robotics, Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
<Panelists>
Ms. Yumiko Tokuda, ABEJA Inc.
Mr. Takaaki Fujiwara, Manager, Nabtesco Corporation
Mr. Koji Mitsumoto, CEO, Hmcomm Inc.
Mr. Eiji Kuwabara, Executive Fellow, Security Science Institute, Sohgo Security Services Co., Ltd.
Mr. Yuki Kamiya, CEO, RenoSys Inc.
Mr. Ryobun Morinaga, Group Leader, IT Strategic Group, MOS Food Services, Inc.

Session 3: Development of human resources expertized in the field of AI under the Connected Industries policy concept (45 minutes)

<Moderator>
Mr. Takafumi Kono, Deputy Director, Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
<Panelists>
Mr. Takeshi Izaki, Board Member, Japan Deep Learning Association
Mr. Akihito Ito, Vice Department Director, AI Business Development Unit, Planning Department, Nishikawa Communications Co. Ltd.
Mr. Tomoaki Nakai, Director and Manager, eftax Co., Ltd.
Mr. Pauline Girot de Lnglade, Counselor for Industry and Services, Economic Department, Embassy of France
Mr. Daishi Watabe, Professor, Department of Information System, Department of Engineering, Saitama Institute of Technology

The materials presented at the symposium will be publicized on the following website.

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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