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Third Japan-China Smart Manufacturing and Exchange Seminar Held

December 23, 2019

On December 20, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the People’s Republic of China, jointly held the Third Japan-China Smart Manufacturing and Exchange Seminar in the Beijing Economic Technological Development Area, Beijing, China.

The third seminar was held based on the agreement at the First Japan-China Ministerial Dialogue on Industry held in Tokyo on June 10, 2019, which was concluded between Mr. Seko Hiroshige, then-METI Minister, and H.E. Mr. Miao Wei, MIIT Minister. At the dialogue, the two sides held wide and enriched discussions and reached common recognition on issues in which they are interested, including: autonomous driving technology, smart manufacturing, safety in industry, ultra-high-definition television sets and the improvement of business environments. Furthermore, they agreed on the convening of the Third Japan-China Smart Manufacturing and Exchange Seminar by the end of 2019.

The third seminar aims to enrich discussions and exchange on solutions to smart manufacturing, standardization, human resource development and sharing of respective experiences and challenges to disseminate them among SMEs as well as on approaches to applying artificial intelligence, IoT and other advanced technologies to smart manufacturing, as efforts for overcoming certain issues, e.g., shifting to smarter and more digitalized manufacturing and a shortage of human resources, faced by the manufacturing industries in both Japan and China. Through this opportunity, Japan and China aim to encourage exchange and cooperation in the public and private sectors of both countries in the field of manufacturing.

METI and MIIT held the third seminar jointly with: the Japan-China Economic Association, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the Instrumentation Technology and Economy Institute (ITEI), the China Electronic Information Industry Development (CCID) and the Management Committee of the Beijing Economic Technological Development Area.

This seminar brought together Mr. Ueda Yoji, Deputy Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, as a representative of METI, and Ms. Wang Ruihua, Deputy Director General, and other officials, MIIT. Moreover, it also provided speeches by representatives of: the Industrial Valuechain Initiative (IVI), NEC Corporation, Omron Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Yaskawa Electric Corporation and other companies from the Japanese side; and those of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), the China Electronic Standardization Institute (CESI), CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd., HollySys, Aerospace Cloud Technology Development Corporation and other companies from the Chinese side. Participants held discussions on: the progress in respective projects and future direction thereof, application of new technologies, ideal approaches to cooperation among organizations in the manufacturing industry and measures for introducing smarter manufacturing in SMEs.

Taking this opportunity, participants in the seminar visited related facilities and companies located in the Beijing Economic Technological Development Area and they enriched mutual understanding with each other.

(Photos: Scenes from the seminar and the visit; those offered by METI, the Japan-China Economic Association and ITEI)

Division in Charge

Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau