March 1, 2022
Starting in November 2021, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) conducted a demonstration survey with the goals of introducing a design approach to governance and implementing policies that are people-friendly. This initiative was led by the JAPAN+D Project Team, a cross-governmental team mainly comprised of METI employees in their 20s and 30s.
METI will thus hold the Japan Policy Design Summit Vol .0 to compile the results of the initiative and announce a roadmap for introducing a design approach into Japan's policymaking, and to start up the policy design community.
1. Purpose of the event
Denmark, the United Kingdom, and many other countries are introducing a design approach to policymaking in which they look for new ways to formulate policies by consulting with the public regarding problems they face and determining solutions from various perspectives.
METI has also launched the JAPAN+D project—a cross-governmental team led by METI—that aims to introduce this design approach.
METI will thus hold The Japan Policy Design Summit Vol. 0 to create a summary of that project's results and announce a roadmap for introducing a design approach into Japan's policymaking, and to establish the policy design community.
*1 VUCA: VUCA is an acronym made up of four keywords: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity.
*2 Design: Here, design is defined as approaches and actions that go beyond graphic and product design to continually plan, implement, and improve the value and framework of society through co-creation and experimentation.
2. Outline of the event
(1) Date and time
March 15 (Tue.), 17:00 to 19:00
Online (The URL will be sent to participants at a later date)
(3) Program (planned)
What is Japan+D? - Changing Administration and Our Future through Design –
Current policy design seen in overseas examples
Mr. Christian Bason (Danish Design Center) x Mr. Shunsuke Ishikawa (KESIKI)
TALK SESSION 1
Improving Japan's Administration!
- Challenges in the Policymaking Process from an HCD (Human Centered Design) Perspective -
Ms. Fumiko Ichikawa (RE:PUBLIC) x Mr. Shunsuke Ishikawa (KESIKI) x Mr. Takao Kunori (KESIKI) x Japan+D project members
TALK SESSION 2
Japanese Policy Design, presented by practitioners
Ms. Chikako Masuda (AIS) x Mr. Kenjiro Taniguchi (Cabinet Bureau of Personal Affairs in the Cabinet Secretariat) x JAPAN+D project members x Others (TBN)
TALK SESSION 3
Toward Human-Friendly Administration - Design that Accelerates Japan's Administration -
Mr. Takashi Asanuma (Digital Agency) x Mr. Kinya Tagawa (Takram) x Mr. Shunsuke Ishikawa (KESIKI) x JAPAN+D project members
THE NEXT STEP
The Roadmap to Friendly Administration
3. How to apply for participation
Please use the application form via this external link.
4. About the JAPAN+D project members
The team is mainly comprised of employees in their 20s and 30s who volunteered to participate, and their goal is to popularize the design approach across METI. After exchanging views with different ministries and agencies, design firms, and others, the JAPAN+D Project was started in November 2021. Moving forward, members from outside METI will join to expand the team.
This project sets forth the following Mission (the type of society they aim for) and Values (action guidelines).
Our mission is to introduce a design approach to Japan's Administration and implement policies that are people-friendly.
(Goals) We search for issues in the conventional frameworks and challenges toward the future
(Questions) We raise essential questions through extensive user research
(Co-Creation) We co-create with colleagues while respecting our diverse values
(Improvement) We actively fight to improve operations, even in cases where problems cross the boundaries of ministries and agencies
(Implementation) We create policies that empathize with individuals and deliver them with a sense of responsibility
Division in Charge
Operations Improvement Division, Minister's Secretariat