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FY2020 Online Symposium for Smart Mobility Challenge to be Held

August 21, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) will hold an online symposium on new mobility services. This symposium aims to share best practices that pioneering regions and companies have and challenges that they are facing in advancing such services. It is also to provide an opportunity for municipalities, companies and other organizations, which intend to embark on the services to solve challenges in mobility or vitalize their communities, to further collaborate with each other.

1. Purpose of the symposium

METI and MLIT inaugurated a Council for Promoting the Smart Mobility Challenge Project (for details, see Item 2 below) in June 2019 as part of their Smart Mobility Challenge Project. Since then, the ministries have held business-matching and other events at symposiums, as well as on the campaign website, in order to encourage regions and companies to advance their efforts in solving challenges in mobility or vitalizing their communities by social implementation of new mobility services.

As part of the effort in FY2020, METI and MLIT will hold an online symposium on new mobility services on September 2, 2020. This symposium aims to share best practices that pioneering regions and companies have and challenges that they are facing in advancing such services as well as to provide an opportunity for municipalities, companies and other organizations, which intend to embark on the services to solve their challenges in mobility or vitalize their communities, to further collaborate with each other.

The ministries will hold a series of symposiums on new mobility services in a variety of regions in collaboration with the Regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry and the District Transport Bureaus.

Outline of the Online Symposium for Smart Mobility Challenge

Date and time: September 2 (Wed.), 2020; from 9:00 to 12:00 (A panel discussion will end at 11:30.)
Venue: Online symposium

Notes:
1. This symposium will be held online in light of impacts which may be caused by the novel coronavirus disease.
2. From 11:30 to 12:00, a networking event will be held exclusively for participants from municipalities, companies and other organizations which have completed prior registration for the membership of the Council for Promoting the Smart Mobility Challenge Project, the details of which are as mentioned below.

Program

Part 1: Panel discussion (consisting of two parts; from 9:00 to 11:30)

Subject 1: Data collaboration in regional MaaS

Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. Machida City, Tokyo Prefecture, and Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture
KDDI Corporation Nanyo Region, Ehime Prefecture
Nagoya University Kasugai City, Aichi Prefecture
NCE Corporation Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture
MaaS Tech Japan Corporation Hiroshima Prefecture

Subject 2: Solutions to regional challenges in areas with low-population density and moderately mountainous areas

Michinori Holdings, Inc. Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Kamishihoro Town, Hokkaido Prefecture Kamishihoro Town, Hokkaido Prefecture
Eiheiji Town, Fukui Prefecture Eiheiji Town, Fukui Prefecture
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Shiojiri Shinko Kosha (general incorporated foundation) Shiojiri City, Nagano Prefecture

Part 2: Online networking (from 11:30 to 12:00)
Note: Participants should be members of the Council for Promoting the Smart Mobility Challenge Project due to the limitations of the online environment and the proceeding of the event.

Application form

If you wish to attend the symposium, please complete registration prior to the event. For more information and prior registration, visit the website below.
 

Notes:
1. For press coverage, please contact the division in charge shown below.
2. Part 1 (panel discussion) will be open to the public. However, please note that the number of participants may be limited if the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the online environment.

2. Outline of the Council for Promoting the Smart Mobility Challenge

On June 2019, METI and MLIT inaugurated the Council for Promoting the Smart Mobility Challenge Project as a public-private platform for sharing information on specific demands and solutions among regions, companies and other organizations.

Currently, the number of the registered members has come to 257 in total, consisting of 99 municipalities, 132 businesses and 26 associations as of July 31, 2020. The council will continue to further share case examples of pioneering efforts and provide business matching opportunities between the members.

On July 31, 2020, METI and MLIT newly selected 52 target regions of the demonstration tests which will take on challenges of social implementation of new mobility services as an effort under the FY2020 Smart Mobility Challenge Project. The ministries will organize the results of these demonstration tests, analyses of business feasibility and other efforts in these regions to compile best practices and cross-regional challenges and will provide information and other data to the public at future meetings and symposiums of the council.

3. Links to related information

Division in Charge

ITS and Autonomous Driving Promotion Office, Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau