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Yebisu Garden Place Tower 4F
Space 6 Room A1
Ebisu 4-20-3, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-6018


Participation by invitation only.



NIRA オピニオンペーパー
no.43 /2019 .Feb
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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

Using big data in the field of legal services - the case of

Ritsu Ichihashi

Service platform as a clue to big data in the context of IoT

Jun Nakamura
Professor, Shibaura Institute of Technology

A multidisciplinary perspective of big data in management research

Tristan Chong
Deputy Director, Research Institute of Big Data Analytics, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University

Stance of Japanese government on big data

Takahiko Toyama
Director for information policy planning, Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

Ulrike Schaede
Director, Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology at UC San Diego

Trade and aggregation - emerging market infrastructures

Franz Waldenberger
Director, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo

Rakuten group strategy and data strategy

Takuya Kitagawa
Chief Data Officer and Executive Officer, Rakuten

Trading one's own data - the case of EverySense

Hiroshi Mano
CEO, EverySense Inc

Policies for the promotion of the “Information Bank”

Kohei Yoshida
Director, National Strategy Office of ICT, Cabinet Secretariat, Japan

How to secure big data for deep learning

Arisa Ema
Ass. Professor, University of Tokyo

Coffee Break

Policy issues – ownership, access and competition

Development of institutions for big data from various perspective

Noriyuki Yanagawa
Professor, University of Tokyo

Big data issues in the financial industry

Mikari Kashima
Division Chief, Financial Infrastructure Division at the Bank of Japan

Big data and competition

Hideki Utsunomiya
Attorney at Law at Mori, Hamada and Matsumoto

Big data policy challenges – Germany and the EU

Marco Schuldt
Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Tokyo

Dietmar Harhoff
Director, Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich

Concluding Remarks