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Subsidy Project for Supporting Businesses in Providing Services Utilizing Networked Household Appliances, Equipment and Other Devices to Start

September 24, 2019

From October 1, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will start an indirect subsidy project titled “Subsidy Project for Supporting Businesses Engaging in Promotion of Integrating Cyber and Physical Systems in Living Environments” under the FY2018 Supplementary Budget. This project aims to make our daily lives more affluent through taking advantage of a variety of data acquired from networked home appliances and other equipment and encouraging businesses to provide high value-added, individually-customized services.

1. Overview of the project

The Sustainable Open Innovation Initiative, an operator or directly subsidized entity of the Subsidy Project for Supporting Businesses Engaging in Promotion of Integrating Cyber and Physical Systems in Living Environments under the FY2018 Supplementary Budget, will support indirectly subsidized businesses and entities in advancing their efforts for providing incentives to consumers who have made contracts for using a high value-added, individually-tailored service in which a variety of data on the consumers’ daily lives, which are acquired from their networked home appliances and other devices, are utilized.

In response to the start of an indirect subsidy project under the same budget from October 1, 2019, the operator, renaming the subsidy project as the “Life-up Promotion” project as a common title, will start encouraging indirectly subsidized businesses and entities to smoothly advance their efforts and will call consumers’ attention to such efforts in an easy-to-understanding manner.

2. Outline of the project

During the period of the project, participating consumers are entitled to enjoy a variety of incentives or advantages, e.g., discounted products or services, offered by the indirectly subsidized businesses adopted by the operator if the consumers made contracts for using given services provided by the businesses.

Period of the project

From October 1 (Mon.), 2019, to January 26 (Sun.), 2020

Approaches to given services and incentives under the project

If you wish to receive any incentives under the project, you are required to start using a service provided by any indirectly subsidized business during the period of the project, continue to make use of the service for at least one month and obtain data in a continuous manner from your home appliances, equipment and other devices* that have been networked.
*Note: Such devices that you are required to connect vary depending on the business.

Indirectly subsidized businesses and entities

  Organizers Members of consortium
1 Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. Saibugas Co., Ltd.; Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.; Noritz Corporation; Rinnai Corporation; Purpose Co., Ltd.; OGIS-RI Co., Ltd.; and Kansai Business Information Inc.
2 Keyware Solutions Inc. Global Kitchen Co., Ltd.; Nihon Seimitsu Sokki Co., Ltd.; A&D Company, Limited; Terumo Corporation; ACOS Co., Ltd.; and Yamasa Tokei Keiki Co., Ltd.
3 Sharp Corporation KDDI Corporation; SECOM, Co., Ltd.; tsumug Corporation; Chubu Telecommunications Co., Inc.; Shizuoka Gas Co., Ltd.; and SECOM Trust Systems Co., Ltd.

For more information on the project, visit the website exclusively for the project, which is operated by the Sustainable Open Innovation Initiative below:

Division in Charge

IT Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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