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METI and the IPA Determine Eight Regions as Winners in the Fifth Selection under the Local IoT Acceleration Labs Project

September 6, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) have been selecting initiatives for creating IoT projects in regional areas as Local IoT Acceleration Labs. METI and the IPA hereby announce that they held the fifth selection of applicants and determined eight regions as new winners.

1. Outline on the Local IoT Acceleration Labs project

With the advent of IoT, big data and AI, industries and society as a whole are seeing significant changes all over the world. In response to this situation, it is necessary for Japan, as well as other countries, to create new IoT business models, uncover and develop IoT platform creators, and use them as a driving force for new growth.

In this context, METI and the IPA have been engaging in efforts for selecting initiatives for creating IoT projects in regional areas as Local IoT Acceleration Labs. Through this project, they have been assisting regional areas by granting a license for using an official logo, conveying information on winners to members of the IoT Acceleration Lab, e.g., through sending email newsletters and event news, and dispatching mentors to encourage the achievement and development of regional projects and companies.

METI and the IPA started a call for applicants in 2016 and have selected 93 regions in total so far under the Local IoT Acceleration Labs project (29 winners in the first selection in July 2016; 24 in the second in March 2017; 21 in the third in August 2017; and 19 in the fourth in September 2018).

2. Fifth selection of applicants under the Local IoT Acceleration Lab project

Concerning the applications filed by August 6 (Tue.), 2019, METI and the IPA sorted the applicants by interview-based examinations to confirm the details of the applications and selected the following eight regions as winners in the fifth selection under the Local IoT Acceleration Lab project in accordance with three criteria of [i] regional-based uniqueness, [ii] vitality and continuity of the municipality, and [iii] diversity and solidarity.

Eight selected regions:

Mori Town, Hokkaido Prefecture; Tsubame City, Niigata Prefecture; Nagano Prefecture; Kisosaki Town, Mie Prefecture; Ehime Prefecture; Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture; Nogata City, Fukuoka Prefecture; and Onna Village, Okinawa Prefecture.

For details of the Local IoT Acceleration Labs project, please visit the website.
Local IoT Acceleration Labs portal website operated by the IPA:

On October 16 (Wed.), 2019, a commendation ceremony will be held to honor the recently selected regions with a certificate of selection, taking the opportunity of CEATEC 2019 to be held from October 15 (Tue.) to 18 (Fri.), 2019, at Makuhari Messe.

For details of CEATEC 2019, visit the website here:

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