March 4, 2019
On March 8 (Fri.), 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA), and the Mitou Foundation will jointly hold MITOU KAIGI 2019. This event aims to enrich connections between IT startups and MITOU human resources and to promote technological exchanges and human-resource networking as an effort for providing an opportunity for graduates of the program to talk about Japan’s future and to motivate them to engage in innovation.
IPA has been working on the MITOU Program* (official title: Exploratory IT Human Resources Project) for 19 years since FY2000, and fostered about 1,700 or more talented people called MITOU human resources (meaning graduates of the program). MITOU human resources have made contributions to many fields in Japanese society and over 250 of them have started their own businesses or commercialized their own inventions.
The MITOU KAIGI conference is an event aiming to further enrich and develop the MITOU Program in which Japan discovers and fosters human resources with outstanding IT ability. Against the backdrop of the worldwide advancement of industrial and technological innovations, such as IoT, artificial intelligence and robots, in all industrial fields, METI recognizes the importance of raising significant public awareness regarding the potential in innovation brought about by MITOU human resources, and to this end, it has been holding the conference on March 10, or “MITOU day,” to attract public attention, every year since 2015.
Note: As March 10, 2019, is Sunday, the 2019 conference will be held on March 8 (Fri.), 2019.
2. Date and venue
Date and time: March 8 (Fri.), 2019; from 15:00 to 18:00
Venue: Tokyo Midtown Hall (9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
3. Program for the conference (tentative)
Opening remarks and opening declarationOpening declaration: Mr. Tatsuo Tomita, Chairman, IPA
Speaker: Dr. Ikuo Takeuchi, MITOU Overall Project Manager (Emeritus Professor, the University of Tokyo)
Speaker: Mr. Hirofumi Takinami, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Keynote speech by a MITOU Overall Project Manager
Mr. Takeshi Natsuno, MITOU Overall Project Manager
(Guest Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)
Panel discussion on the MITOU Program and the MITOU Advanced Program
Topic: Future development of a MITOU human resources ecosystemSpeakers:
Mr. Shuji Honjo (Office Honjo)
Dr. Yuki Igarashi (Senior Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences, Meiji University; Project Manager, MITOU Program)
Mr. Shigeru Urushibara (President, UL Systems, Inc.; Project Manager, MITOU Advanced Program)
Mr. Kunihiro Tanaka (President, SAKURA Internet Inc.; Project Manager, MITOU Program)
Short presentations by graduates of the MITOU Program
- Mr. Yuto Takei (Director for Blockchain Development/CISO, bitFlyer, Inc.; graduate of the FY2013 MITOU Program)
- Mr. Tomonori Sugano (President, Ploutos Inc.; graduate of the FY2017 MITOU Advanced Program)
- Ms. Rina Koutake (Engineer, DeNA Co., Ltd.; graduate of the FY2014 MITOU Program)
- Mr. Sho Ishii (President, Alt Layer Ltd.; graduate of the FY2016 MITOU Program)
- Mr. Taisuke Ohshima (President/CEO, Nature Architects Inc.; graduate of the FY2012 MITOU Program and the FY2017 MITOU Advanced Program)
- Mr. Kyoichi Jinno (Co-founder, Sonas, Inc.; graduate of the FY2016 MITOU Program)
Panel discussion on the MITOU Target Program
Topic: Quantum computing technologies
Mr. Shu Tanaka
(Associate Professor, Green Computing Systems Research Organization, Waseda University; Researcher, PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency; Project Manager, MITOU Target Program)
Mr. Kotaro Tanahashi
(Lead Engineer, Recruit Communications Co., Ltd.; Project Manager, MITOU Target Program)
- Mr. Ryo Tamura
(Senior Researcher, Nano-Theory Field, First-Principles Simulation Group, National Institute for Materials Science; Project Manager, MITOU Target Program)
- Dr. Takahiko Sato
(Project Research Associate, Quantum Computing Center, Keio University)
Note: This program may change without notice.
4. To attend the conference:
If you wish to attend the conference, visit the following IPA website for lottery-based application. Acceptance of applications will be closed at 5:00 p.m., March 7 (Thur.), 2019.
Additionally, METI will broadcast the conference live through the Nikoniko Live and Facebook LIVE online programs. For more information, visit the following IPA website.
*Reference: Outline of the MITOU Program
- IPA has been working on the MITOU Program since FY2000 to discover and foster outstanding individuals (IT creators) who have ideas and skills unique enough to create innovations through IT and those that are able to utilize such innovations.
- The unique aspect of the MITOU Program is that project managers or experts who lead the frontline in the industrial world and have outstanding talent and achievements themselves will discover promising individuals and invite them to the program and support them in developing unique innovations.
- METI and IPA started a new initiative called the “MITOU Advanced Program” in FY2017, aiming to foster MITOU IT human resources who have innovative ideas with pioneering perspectives, marketability and feasibility and who wish to start a new business or solve societal challenges with these ideas.
- METI and IPA also started another initiative called the “MITOU Target Program” in FY2018 in which METI and IPA select specific target areas that are expected to be promising and foster human resources who can lead new technical areas in the field of cutting-edge IT. In particular, as the FY2018 effort, METI and IPA have been advancing research for and development of software and developing human resources, focusing on the subjects of annealing machines and gate-type quantum computers, both of which are expected to be applied to machine learning.
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