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Industrial Technology Vision 2020 Compiled

May 29, 2020

Aiming to review essential challenges in stagnation of innovations in Japan and to show future directions of R&D for groups of important technologies to which Japan should intensively input resources toward 2025 or beyond toward 2050, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) inaugurated an R&D and Innovation Subcommittee of the Committee on Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment under the Industrial Structure Council and, since then, the subcommittee held repeated discussions and compiled the results into a report titled “Industrial Technology Vision 2020.” Considering this Industrial Technology Vision 2020 as a catalyst, METI will strive to create a virtuous cycle of innovations.

1. Background

Japan needs to further create innovations in order to: take actions for achieving SDGs, shifting to the circular economy, and solving social challenges, e.g., measures for addressing disasters and infectious diseases; and enhance industrial competitiveness. Nevertheless, Japan has been facing sluggish situations in terms of innovations in recent years, while it has not prepared well for introducing the Society 5.0 policy, which was highlighted by the crisis caused by recent expansion of the novel coronavirus disease. Japan should, anew, tackle creation of innovations by not only ascertaining essential problems that Japan’s innovation systems confront but also identifying challenges to be solved from mid- to long-term viewpoints seen from industrial technologies.

2. Key points of the Industrial Technology Vision 2020

Based on this problem awareness and taking into consideration five global mega-trends and international trends toward 2050, the subcommittee tentatively identified essential challenges that Japan confronts and compiled future directions of industrial technologies toward 2050, goals that Japan should achieve by 2050, and other issues into the Industrial Technology Vision 2020.

3. Announcement of materials

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Division in Charge

Research and Development Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau