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Call for Public Comments on "AI Governance Guidelines for Implementation of AI Principles Ver. 1.0" Opens

July 9, 2021

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), with the Expert Group on How AI Principles Should be Implemented, has compiled the report titled, "AI Governance in Japan Ver. 1.1." It has also formulated the document, "AI Governance Guidelines for Implementation of AI Principles Ver. 1.0." The latter summarizes what to put into practice when respecting the Social Principles of Human-Centric AI (decided by the Council for Integrated Innovation Strategy on March 29, 2019). METI opened a call for public comments on "AI Governance Guidelines for Implementation of AI Principles Ver. 1.0." on July 9.

1. Background

On January 15, 2021, METI announced the "AI Governance in Japan Ver. 1.0 (Interim Report by the Expert Group on Architecture for AI Principles to Be Practiced) " (hereinafter referred to as "the Interim Report"). This document structurally clarifies the trends in Japan and overseas regarding AI principles and rule-making. It presents an overall picture of how Japan should approach AI governance, including creating interim guidelines for implementing the Social Principles of Human-Centric AI (hereinafter referred to as “AI Social Principles”). METI has been holding meetings of the Expert Group on Architecture for AI Principles to Be Practiced in order to discuss ideal approaches to AI governance in Japan, including regulation, standardization, guidelines, and audits, conducive to the competitiveness of Japanese industry and increased social acceptance, for the purpose of operationalizing the AI Social Principles, taking domestic and international AI trends into account, which is the issue defined in the AI Strategy 2019, revised based on follow-ups last year, and the Integrated Innovation Strategy 2020.

In FY2021, taking into account public comments on the Interim Report and with additional experts in standards and consumer protection as well as the corporate, academia, legal, and auditing experts who have been participating up to now, the Expert Group on How AI Principles Should be Implemented  continued to discuss how AI governance should be approached, compiled an updated Interim Report in the form of "AI Governance in Japan Ver. 1.1," and together with this, compiled "AI Governance Guidelines for Implementation of AI Principles Ver. 1.0" in order to provide practical guidance for AI system operators as well as developers.

A call for public comments in order to hear a wide range of opinions on "AI Governance Guidelines for Implementation of AI Principles Ver. 1.0" was then opened. The issues addressed by the guidelines are globally shared ones in many aspects that will require international cooperation. Consequently, the Expert Group wishes to hear a broad range of frank opinions from people overseas as well as in Japan. Translation of "AI Governance Guidelines for Implementation of AI Principles Ver. 1.0" into English is currently underway.

These guidelines are a compilation of matters to consider that apply across all fields. As such, they are written in a field-neutral and technologically neutral manner. The plan is to revise the guidelines in light of developments in AI technology and regulations. Consequently, with regard to matters to consider that are specific to individual fields and technologies, it is conceivable that reference information will be provided for specific modes of use as necessary, from the viewpoint of encouraging use of the guidelines.

2. Details about the public comments

3. Materials public comments are being called for

  1. Japanese version
  1. English version
    Due to be released in mid-August. (Due to be posted on the website of the Expert Group on How AI Principles Should be implemented,) *It was posted on August 18, 2021. Click here.

4. Public comment period

July 9, 2021 (Fri.) to September 15, 2021 (Wed.)

5. How to submit comments

Please use the submission form on the public comment details site given in "2."

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