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CascadiaPrime Cognition - Japan AI Policy Rollout

"Prime Minister Abe established a Strategic Council for AI Technologies in 2016 to ensure a coordinated approach across multiple ministries and agencies to developing AI research, education/skills and business.

In April [2017], Prime Minister Abe announced plans to increase the science and innovation budget by 900 billion yen by 2020 to drive competitiveness. The Ministry of Internal Opportunity through learning Affairs and Communications (MIC) has forecast that in 2045 (the year in which some estimate AI will surpass human intelligence), the economic impact of AI for Japan will be 121 trillion yen.

New policy and funding programs are being implemented this year across MIC, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), as well as the health and agriculture portfolios."

Source: (2017)


The Oxford Insights Government AI Readiness ranking - captures the current capacity of OECD governments to absorb - and exploit - the innovative potential of AI - Japan ranks #7

  The Oxford Insights Government AI Readiness ranking

Introduction and Overview

  AI Strategy and Related Activities In Japan (Overview Presentation) (October 25, 2017)
  Japan Artificial Intelligence Technology Strategy (March 31, 2017)
  Japan Innovation - Japan's AI Technology offers new possibilities
  Artificial Intelligence Technology Strategy Council
  Artificial Intelligence Research Centre (AIST)
  Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)
  Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (MITI) Twitter: @METI_JPN
  MITI:Report of the New Industrial Structure Committee: Vision of New Industrial Structure - Japan Strategies for taking the lead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (April 26, 2016)
  MITI: New Industrial Structure Vision future steps and strategies toward realizing Society 5.0.
  Prime Minister of Japan and Cabinet
  Members of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) (Chair: PM Shinzo Abe)
  Japan Cabinet Office
  Japan Parliament - House of Councillors, The National Diet of Japan
  Japan Government

Government recognized Japan institutions taking leadership roles in the UK Japan's Policy Rollout

  National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Other Key Japan Institutions

  The Japan Business Foundation (Keidanren)
  Nomura Research Institute

Japan AI Policy News

  Japanese Tech Giant Fujitsu Picks Vancouver for Global Artificial Intelligence HQ (July 17, 2019)
  Report: Perspectives on Articial Intelligence/Robotics and Work /Employment
  Twitter Search - Japan artificial intelligence
  Japan Times: Making Japan a major force in the Fourth Industrial Revolution(April 2, 2018)
  Fujitsu Boosts Research Capabilities in France to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence for Customers across Europe (March 29, 2018)
  India, Japan to introduce AI, robotics in defence sector (January 22, 2018)
  A Japanese auto-leasing agency is using AI to catch dangerous behavior (January 6, 2018)
  Japan to set ground rules for sharing AI's riches (December 27, 2017)
  Japan brings out the bazooka in AI war with China (October 8, 2017)
  Research brief: developments in artificial intelligence (AI) in Japan and implications for Australia (June 2017)
  MITI Journal: Letís Take a Look at the AI of Tomorrow (2017)

Japan AI Policy - Other related sources of policy insight

  Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) (Japan)Twitter: RIETTI @RIETIenglish
  Artificial Intelligence Research Center (AIRC) AI for Society 5.0 (PDF) (Japan)
  EU Business in Japan: Artificial Intelligence in Japan (R&D, Market and Industry Analysis)
  MIC White Paper 2017: Information and Communications in Japan
  Twitter: Japan Society of Artificial Intelligence @ jsai_ml
  Twitter: Japan Society of Artificial Intelligence @ ai_gakkai

Japan AI Policy - Policy Leaders