May 29, 2020
For the purpose of streamlining the current situation of and challenges in Japan’s innovation creation, including open innovation, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) compiled the third edition of the White Paper on Open Innovation.
Based on the awareness that it is necessary to “accurately understand innovations for understanding open innovation,” the third edition provides well-organized explanations of the characteristics of Japan’s innovations, including its strong and weak points, while referring to the latest related data and case examples of leading companies promoting innovations, by revisiting the nature of innovations, and discusses measures for creating innovations in Japan.
The past series of the White Paper on Open Innovation presented effective methods and case examples of open innovation in a well-organized manner as beneficial means for innovations. As for the third edition, METI, newly considers it necessary to “accurately understand innovations for understanding open innovation” and, based on this awareness, it conducted desktop surveys and interviews on data and other information focusing on the current situation of, as well as challenges in Japan’s innovation creation. This includes open innovation, by revisiting the nature of innovations; based on results of these surveys and interviews, conducted research from the viewpoints of: transition of patterns of innovation creation, case examples of innovations in respective industries at home and abroad, and the current situation of innovation creation in Japan; streamlined characteristics of Japan’s innovations, including its strong and weak points; and compiled key points and measures to be considered for achieving innovations in Japan.
2. Highlights of the third edition
The third edition of the white paper presents the current situation of, as well as challenges in Japan’s innovation creation in a well-organized manner based on quantitative data, desktop surveys, interviews and other activities, aiming to offer referential information to business operators and employees of private companies engaging in innovation creation, e.g., efforts for promoting open innovation, as a tool for discussing “actions that they should tackle” in order to create innovations.
Table of contents of the third edition
Chapter 1: Importance and Transition of Innovations
Chapter 2: Background to Innovation Creation in Overseas Countries and Industries
Chapter 3: Current Situation of Innovation Creation in Japan
Chapter 4: Case Examples of Domestic and Overseas Companies Promoting Open Innovation
Chapter 5: Challenges in and Measures for Innovation Creation in Japan
Chapter 6: Reports on Activities for Innovation Creation
3. Timing of achievements uncovered in the surveys for the third edition
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
(Secretariat of the Japan Open Innovation Council (JOIC))
Division in Charge
Innovation and Industry-University Collaboration Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau