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Approval Issued for a Data Sharing Project as the First Business Entitled to Make Use of the System for Permitting Businesses to Request Public Data

This data sharing project in the maritime industry is entitled to make use of the system

June 24, 2019

Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) approved a data sharing project filed by Ship Data Center Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “ShipDC”) as the first business entitled to take advantage of the System for Permitting Businesses to Request Public Data.

1. Outline of the System for Permitting Businesses to Request Public Data

Under the Act of Special Measures for Productivity Improvement, which entered into force on June 6, 2018, the System for Permitting Businesses to Request Public Data was established to encourage companies’ data utilization in enhancing industrial competitiveness or solving social issues as part of Japan’s Open Data Policy. Under this system, if a company receives approval from the government for its Plan for Innovative Industrial Utilization of  Data and  satisfying the system’s criteria for applicant businesses in secure data management, the company is entitled to request the government and other public organizations to provide their data for the purpose of deploying their project involving data sharing within harmonization areas.* Against this backdrop, on June 19, 2019, the competent ministers of MIC, METI and MLIT approved ShipDC as the first business that satisfies the criteria since the inauguration of the system.

*Note: Harmonization areas are business domains in which collaboration or cooperation between companies is considered to contribute to both fortifying such companies’ international competitiveness and resolving social issues.

2. Outline of the plan formulated by ShipDC and expected actions related to the approval issued to the company

The Plan on Innovative Industrial Utilization of Data formulated by ShipDC aims to develop rules for distributing and sharing IoT data from and with marine vessels and thereby to expand the scale of distribution, sharing and utilization of such data. This is part of the effort for encouraging the maritime industry to proactively engage in data utilization, spur the industry to take appropriate actions to accommodate new regulations that are being developed for that purpose, and increase innovation.. Specifically, according to the plan, through the Internet of Ships Open Platform Consortium (IoS-OP), a membership organization run by ShipDC with many member companies, the company plans to organize the rights for data distribution across the maritime industry, strongly motivate the industry to make use of data, improve services in the industry, and thereby strive to create new businesses.

In response to the approval of the company as a business that meets the criteria above, ShipDC may file a request with the government or other public organizations to receive of a variety of data on maritime affairs that is held by the government or other organizations and is related to the company’s project. The company’s utilization of data held by the government, etc. by combining it with the data held by the private sector that ShipDC has been accumulating, is expects to contribute to promoting the utilization of big data in the maritime industry, creating a new maritime cluster*1 and vitalizing the entire industry in the era of digital technologies.

3. Information on the System for Permitting Businesses to Request Public Data

For details, visit the following website:

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI