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What is "Connected Industries"?Shinji Tokumasu<Series 1 / complete>

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2018.04.24

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"Connected Industries" which is the key concept of next-generation new value creation

At the German Information and Communication Trade Fair (CeBIT) held in March of last year (2017), when Prime Minister Abe and Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, 118 Japanese companies exhibited, it was mentioned as a way of industries that Japan is aiming for "Connected Industries". "Connected Industries" is an industrial society in which new added value is created by connecting industries, companies, people, data, machinery, etc. For example, it is expected that added benefit will be generated by the following connection.

* Goods and goods are connected (IoT)
* People, machinery, and systems cooperate and collaboration
* People and technology are combined, further eliciting people's wisdom and ingenuity
* Businesses and companies join cross-border areas
* People and people are connected beyond generations, inherent skills and intelligence
* Producers and consumers are connected, trying to solve social problems as well as manufacturing

In the manufacturing industry in Japan, we have enhanced competitiveness by making full use of high "Technical strength" and advanced "Field strength." However, as digitization advances rapidly, it is difficult to create value simply by providing goods, it is important to provide services and solutions to customer's issues by thinking of "Customer origin," "Providing functions" and "Sharing experiences" using things. In response to these changes in the times, Japan needs to build through strengthening "Connecting" a new industrial structure "Solution-oriented" that is different from the past. In doing so, it is also important to take advantage of the opportunistic problem-solving power and ongoing kaizen activities cultivated by Japan's manufacturing industry based on field experiences. It is expected that IoT, AI, robots, etc. will be used extensively in the manufacturing industry, but these are fundamental tools, and it is important for people to master these tools. It is the direction that the "Human-centered" industrial society aims.

"Connected Industries" consists of the following three concepts.
1) Realization of a new digital society that cooperates, not conflicts with people and machinery and systems
2) Troubleshooting through cooperation and collaboration
3) Promote human resource development that fits human-centered thinking and adapts to the progress of digital technology

Both AI and robots are tools for solving problems. Never fear or an enemy, it should be used to help people and bring out the power of people. The challenges that appear in the future of the region, the world and the earth are all complex and difficult to solve. These challenging tasks will be resolved for the first time by connecting companies, industries, and countries. To that end, we need to promote cooperation and collaboration within the framework of an industrial structure that is different from the past.

Utilizing the advancement of technology to an industrial society where value creation is done through various connections

Culture has changed from hunting organization to an agricultural society, industrial society, information society until now. Under these circumstances, "Society 5.0", a super smart society in which cyberspace and physical space are highly integrated, it is expected to be aimed at in the future to balance economic development and to solve social issues. This "Societal change" "Society 5.0" is the biggest concept that the country is aiming for. On the other hand, the "Fourth industrial revolution" is currently progressing, and there is also a big change in technology. There is industry among the link that this large "Change of technology" called "Fourth industrial revolution" to "Society 5.0" which is a "Change of society" to aim for.

I think that the industrial society in which development that has been developed for each industry in the past is aimed at an industrial community in which new added value is created by various connections. Also, it has become the era when new business models are born by convergence and change of what was traditionally independent or conflicting. Individually, various connections such as "Goods × Goods", "Human × Machine · System", "Human x Human (Knowledge and Skill Succession)", "Production × Consumption" and so on are conceivable, and it expressed the appearance of industry which values are created by such a connection with the concept of "Connected Industries".

Next time I will explain the current situation of manufacturing industry in Japan and its subjects.

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Shinji Tokumasu
Counselor of the Industry Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (in charge of digitization and industrial systems) Manufacturing Policy Deliberation Division Director

After entering the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 1994 and studied in the United States, he experienced a lot of industrial technology related departments, mainly including university cooperation promotion section, such as University Collaboration Promotion Division, Research and Development Division, NEDO Division, International Managing Director of Industrial Technology, Director of AIST. In July 2016, he joined the Manufacturing Industry Bureau Counselor (in charge of digitization and industrial systems) and appointed Manufacturing Policy Deliberation Division Director
Waseda University graduate school and master's degree, Harvard University Kennedy School administrative master, MIT Sloan School management master, Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Social Science and Engineering, Doctor (academic)

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