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GPAI (Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence) Symposium to be Held

- An international cutting-edge initiative aiming to bridge the gap between theory and practice in AI -

January 11, 2022

The Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), an international initiative to guide the responsible and "human-centric" development and use of AI, was founded in June 2020. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) joined the partnership along with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). The GPAI has five working groups: "Responsible AI," "Data governance," "Future of work," "Innovation and commercialization," and "AI and pandemic response," and its experts undertake projects aimed at contributing to bridging the gap between theory and practice in AI. The purpose of this symposium is to promote the activities of GPAI to the wider public in Japan and to deepen understanding of international discussions on the implementation of theory and other issues in AI. During the symposium, a board of speakers and panelists mainly consisting of experts participating in GPAI in Japan and overseas will discuss the activities and significance of GPAI.

1. Outline of GPAI

GPAI is a multi-stakeholder international organization that brings together industry, academia, governments, international organizations, and other experts that share values like democracy, human rights, inclusion, diversity, and innovation. Its founding goal is to guide the responsible and human-centric development and use of AI. It was launched with 15 countries and regions (centered around the G7 nations) as the founding members, and as of January 2022, 25 countries and regions* are participating in the partnership.

* Japan, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union

2. Outline of the seminar


February 9, 2022 (Wed.)

Part 1:


Part 2:



Online (Cisco Webex Events)



Participation fee:


Register here:

[To register]

1. Click the "Register" button at the bottom of the registration page.
2. Enter the participant information on the registration form and click "Submit."
3. You will receive an email confirming your registration. Please use the link provided in the email when the symposium begins.

Note: This symposium is part of the 2021 International Collaboration Project for Promoting Regulatory Reform (Survey of Trends Related to Policy Tools that Affect the Utilization and Development of AI) managed by PwC Consulting LLC under contract with METI.

3. Program

Part 1

Opening remarks

Outline of GPAI

Significance of GPAI
Ms. Yuko Harayama, Executive Director of RIKEN

International trends in AI ethics (English-only session)
Ms. Arisa Ema, Associate Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo
Ms. Alice Xiang, Head of AI Ethics Office at Sony Group / Senior Research Scientist at Sony AI

From theory to practice
Dr. Toshiya Jitsuzumi, Professor, Faculty of Policy Studies, Chuo University
Mr. Tomokazu Saito, Lawyer, LAB-01 Law Office - General Manager
Mr. Yosuke Motohashi, Senior Data Analyst, AI Analytics Division, NEC Corporation
Mr. Masaru Sogabe, CEO, GRID INC.

Part 2

Innovation (focus on discussions at the Intellectual Property Sub-Working Group)
Mr. Hiroshi Maruyama, Preferred Networks, Inc. PFN Fellow / Project Professor, The Research into Artifacts Center for Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo / Executive Fellow, Kao Corporation

Data governance
Mr. Naoto Ikegai, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University

Trends in AI governance
Mr. Tagui Ichikawa, Professor, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University

Expectations for domestic and overseas stakeholders
Mr. Junichi Tsujii, Director, Artificial Intelligence Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Mr. Osamu Sudo, Professor, Faculty of Global Informatics, Chuo University
Mr. Takashi Kai, General Manager, Social Innovation Business Division, Business Strategy Division, Government and Public Planning Division, Hitachi, Ltd.
Mr. Yoshiaki Nishigai, Associate Professor / Lawyer, Law School, Chiba University

Diversity of GPAI (English-only session)
Mr. Hiroki Habuka, Deputy Director for Global Digital Governance, Digital  Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
Ms. Jeni Tennison, Co-chair of the Data Governance Working Group in the GPAI

Closing remarks

Note: "International trends in AI ethics" and "Diversity of GPAI" are English-only sessions (no interpretation provided). All other sessions will be in Japanese.

4. Related links

The GPAI Summits held in December 2020 and November 2021 have been uploaded to the above YouTube channel.
The GPAI Summit is an event where GPAI experts hold meetings on the results of each working group, multistakeholder meetings, and related side events.

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