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NEDO Held the "Japan-U.S. Digital Innovation Hub Workshop"

March 22, 2018

On March 20, 2018, NEDO held the "Japan-U.S. Digital Innovation Hub Workshop" in Tokyo. The workshop was held jointly with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), in order to promote innovations in the digital science field, as well as to establish a substantial researcher network between Japanese and American universities.

In his opening speech, NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa greeted attendees by saying that it would be necessary for Japan to strengthen its cooperation with the U.S., which leads the world in digital innovation, in order to accelerate the cultivation of human resources in the digital science field, as well as the development of IT technologies.

Yasuo Fukuda, the former Prime Minister of Japan; Michael Chertoff, the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Joseph M. Young, Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of the U.S. in Japan; and Fumikazu Sato, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), participated in the workshop as guests of honor. Each gave a lecture on Japan-U.S. bilateral cooperation in digital innovation.

NEDO also hosted panel discussions focusing on the themes of "Academic-industrial Collaboration in AI and Data Analytics"; "AI and Cyber-Trust"; and "Education in the Digital Era." The panels resulted in lively discussions between participants. Approximately 170 people participated in the workshop.

  • NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa giving the opening speech
    NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa
    giving his speech
  • The former Prime Minister of Japan, Yasuo Fukuda, delivering a lecture at the workshop
    The former Prime Minister of Japan,
    Yasuo Fukuda, delivering a lecture