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Call for Public Comments on the Draft Report Titled “GOVERNANCE INNOVATION: Redesigning Law and Architecture in the Age of Society 5.0” Opens

December 26, 2019

*On January 10th, The English version of the draft report was posted in this press release.
On December 26, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) opened a call for public comments on a draft report, titled “GOVERNANCE INNOVATION: Redesigning Law and Architecture in the Age of Society 5.0,” a compilation explaining: the need for new governance models to make balance between promoting innovations and achieving social value; and ideal approaches thereto as Japanese society is facing dramatic changes brought about by big data, IoT, AI and other digital technologies.
 

1. Background

At the G20 Osaka Summit meeting in June 2019, which was hosted by Japan, member countries agreed on the concept “Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT)” and launched the “Osaka Track,” a framework under which member countries will hold international discussions on policies for fully taking advantage of potentials in data and digital economy. Following the agreement, at the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy, the ministers released a ministerial statement and declared in the statement the need for “Governance Innovation” that meets social changes brought about by digital technologies and social implementation thereof.

In light of this, in August 2019, METI inaugurated a Study Group on a New Governance Model in Society 5.0,* and since then, bringing together experts in a wide variety of fields, including law, economy, technologies and businesses, the study group has been holding discussions on the need for new governance models to make balance between promoting innovations and achieving social value; and ideal approaches thereto as Japanese society is facing dramatic changes brought about by big data, IoT, AI and other digital technologies.

The study group compiled the discussion results into a draft report, titled “GOVERNANCE INNOVATION: Redesigning Law and Architecture in the Age of Society 5.0.”

Concerning the draft report, METI opened a call for public comments in order to receive opinions from a wide variety of people. As the subjects shown in the draft report are common challenges seen across the world and many parts of the subjects require international cooperation, METI wishes to receive wide-ranging, frank opinions from around the world.(The English version of the draft report was released on January 10, 2020.)

*Note: The activities of the working group were conducted as part of the NEDO project, titled “Project for Promoting Sharing Data on Harmonization Areas and Development of AI Systems in Order to Promote the Connected Industries Policy: Study on Formulating a New Governance Model for Promoting Data Utilization,” which was commissioned to NTT Data Institute of Management Consulting, Inc.

2. Details of the call

Please provide your comments in either Japanese or English.

(1) In Japanese

For details of the call, visit e-Gov, the official portal website of the government of Japan, or see the submission guidance on the call shown in the related material below (Appendix 2).

(2) In English

Please specify headings in the draft to which your comments relate.
Please provide your name and affiliation (individuals, companies, or groups). In the case of companies or groups, include your department name and title. Please also provide your contact information (address, phone number, and e-mail address). Your comments should be submitted via one of the following methods:

By e-mail

Please send e-mail to the Information Economy Division, METI
Please use “Comments on the report, GOVERNANCE INNOVATION” in the subject line.

E-mail address:  gov.innovation-comment@meti.go.jp

By post

Plese send your document to the attention of:

 Information Economy Division
 Commerce and Information Policy Bureau
 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
 1-3-1 Kasumigaseki
 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan

On the outside of the envelope, please write Attention:
“Comments on the report, GOVERNANCE INNOVATION”

3. Documents subject to the call

(1) Japanese version

The Japanese version of the draft report has been subject to call since 26 December 2019, and is accessible in the related materials (Appendix 1).

(2) English version

The English version of the draft report is accessible in the related materials (Appendix 3).

4. Period of the call

From December 26, 2019, to January 31, 2020

5. Related materials

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau