Yebisu Garden Place Tower 4F
Space 6 Room A1
Ebisu 4-20-3, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-6018
Participation by invitation only.
no.43 /2019 .Feb
Joint DIJ NIRA Workshop
Big Data – the new competitive paradigm. How well is Japan prepared?
In cooperation with
Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology at UC San Diego
Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich
Big data will be at the heart of the digital revolution. Social networks, factories, supply chains, digital market places, “shared economy” platforms, medical devices, wearables, smart homes, seismic instruments, weather stations and GPS satellites – in the digitalized and connected world data have become abundant. Rapidly developing tools to integrate and analyze large volumes of diverse datasets in ever faster and intelligent ways open up enormous potentials for research, private enterprises and public policy. The Japanese government harbors high expectations that Japan’s industry will play a leading role in advancing technological solutions and in exploiting the newly emerging business opportunities. The country’s competitive edge in sensor technology and ICT hardware, its advanced telecommunication networks and the pressing needs created by the exposure to natural disasters and a fast ageing and declining population are expected to give Japan a lead.
Our half-day workshop explores how Japan is building the infrastructures to efficiently and responsibly gather, integrate, analyze, use and trade data. The workshop is organized around three panels. The first panel will ask where corporations and the government in Japan see the most promising applications for big data. In what areas do private investments and/or government funding concentrate and where is the strongest impact expected? The second panel will look at the new market infrastructure needed to combine and aggregate data. How far are existing initiatives functioning? What barriers does the development of markets for big data confront? The third panel will discuss important legal implications, especially the question of data ownership and the competitive effects of dominant data collecting platforms and exclusive uses of data. While the workshop’s focus will be on Japan, participating international experts will draw comparisons with Germany, the U.S., and China, in order to analyze Japanese approaches in the international context.
Each panel will consist of four speakers. They will start with short presentations by Japanese speaker with backgrounds in research, business and policy followed by an international perspective or general comment. A moderator will introduce and guide the speakers and coordinate the discussions.
Welcome and introduction
Cutting edge research and promising applications
Professor, Shibaura Institute of Technology
Deputy Director, Research Institute of Big Data Analytics, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University
Director for information policy planning, Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
Director, Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology at UC San Diego
Trade and aggregation - emerging market infrastructures
Director, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo
Chief Data Officer and Executive Officer, Rakuten
CEO, EverySense Inc
Director, National Strategy Office of ICT, Cabinet Secretariat, Japan
Ass. Professor, University of Tokyo
Policy issues – ownership, access and competition
Professor, University of Tokyo
Division Chief, Financial Infrastructure Division at the Bank of Japan
Attorney at Law at Mori, Hamada and Matsumoto
Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Tokyo
Director, Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich