June 24, 2020
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) inaugurated a “Public-Private Council on Smart Industrial Safety,” bringing together the top leaders of the public and private sectors as members, in order to encourage the public and private sectors to collaborate and strongly promote a smart industrial safety system among Japanese industries. In response, the council will hold its first meeting on June 29 (Mon.), 2020.
As Japanese industries are facing changes in environments where rapidly-progressing technical innovations, digitalization, aging society with fewer children and other social elements are further intensifying, the council was inaugurated for the purpose of encouraging the public and private sectors to collaborate and promote a so-called “smart industrial safety system,” or efforts to pursue safety and efficiency in the field of industrial safety through introduction of such new technologies as IoT and AI into the industries and other efforts.
2. Details of the council’s activities
The council will engage in clarifying basic policies for the smart industrial safety system and encouraging the public and private sectors to share the importance of the policies and future directions of the council’s efforts. Following this, based on the shared awareness, it will [i] encourage companies to advance pioneering efforts and [ii] encourage the government to review safety regulations and systems in a speedy and effective manner.
3. Members of the council
See the Appendix (in Japanese).
4. Meeting styles
In the beginning of the first meeting, a photo opportunity will be provided for the press. In addition, this meeting will be held in both face-to-face and video conference styles as a measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.
Division in Charge
Industrial Safety Division, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau