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Event to be Held for Presentations by Municipalities on their Visions toward the Air Mobility Revolution

July 11, 2019

On August 2, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) will jointly hold an event to provide an opportunity for municipalities (prefectural governments) to hold presentations on their visions toward the Air Mobility Revolution, for which certain municipalities have been advancing efforts. Through this event, the ministries will encourage efforts for the realization of flying vehicles.

1. Background and purpose

Stakeholders in a variety of fields have been embarking on research and development involving flying vehicles based on a variety of expected scenarios for the use of such vehicles, e.g., for relieving traffic congestion in commuting to offices, schools or kindergartens in cities, as a new mode of mobility for people living on islands or in mountainous areas, for emergency patient transport and for quickly transporting goods in the case of disasters.

Japan considers it important to clarify and concretize these visions and develop them into new domestic services. To this end, it is significant for the public sector to: quickly and appropriately support the private sector in advancing private efforts based on the future visions and perspectives relevant to technology development in the private sector; and consistently advance the development of rules that are acceptable to the public.

Against this backdrop, the Public-Private Conference for the Future Air Mobility Revolution advanced discussions and compiled the discussion results into a roadmap in December 2018.

In advancing deliberations on related systems and frameworks in accordance with the roadmap, it will be indispensable for municipalities and private businesses to collaborate in advancing demonstration tests in which the provision of specific services is simulated. As an effort for encouraging such actions, METI and MLIT will jointly hold an event to provide an opportunity for municipalities (prefectural governments) to hold presentations on their visions toward the Air Mobility Revolution, for which certain municipalities have been advancing efforts. Through this event, the ministries will encourage efforts for the realization of flying vehicles.

Example of Japanese companies’ efforts related to flying vehicles in which research and development and design have been advancing

2. Outline of the event

Date and time: August 2 (Fri.), 2019; from 17:30 to 18:30
Venue: Hall B, fourth floor, Toranomon Hills

3. Details of the event

Details on attending the event and information on municipalities holding presentations will e finalized by 18:00, July 22 (Mon.), 2019, and be released on the METI website below.

4. Media Coverage

Media coverage of the event will be possible, including interviews, participation in an observer capacity, photo session. To cover the event, please send an email to the following address in advance, including your name, company name, position and contact address (telephone number and email address) and complete the prior registration procedures. The closing date and time is July 31 (Wed.), 2019, at 17:00.

Address for prior registration:
Division in charge of flying vehicles at METI: soramobi-media@meti.go.jpメールリンク
Notes:

  1. This email address is only for prior registration procedures for media representatives who wish to cover the event.
  2. Please note that you cannot enter the venue without prior registration.

The materials of the event will be publicized on the following METI website by 15:30 on the date of the event.

6. References

Division in Charge

Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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