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Productive
Individuals
& Society

  • HEALTHCARE
  • MOBILITY
  • FINTECH
  • DECARBONIZATION
  • AND MORE
  • FOR A DATA-DRIVEN SOCIETY

    • WORK-STYLE REFORM
    • HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
    • WOMEN
    • SENIORS
    • EXPATRIATES

Changing societal structures is a chance to unlock new market opportunities. An aging society stimulates demand for care & wellness products and services, which in turn pushes innovation in robotics, AI, and IoT.

A smaller workforce will also motivate business efficiencies, as well as more demand for higher skills to best use technological advances, as per the Society 5.0 vision. Many believe economies only grow because of population growth. However, history shows us that growth actually happens when the skills of society reflect its economic opportunities.

HEALTHCARE

HEALTHCARE

  • Integrate and store Personal Health Records (PHR) using big data by 2020 to provide customized medical care
    [e.g.] medical checkup, treatment, and nursing care records
  • Enhance remote medical care services combined with face-to-face medical examinations (effective care to be evaluated based on a FY2018 revision of medical service fees)
  • Use AI and robots at long-term care facilities to maintain/improve users’ quality of life and reduce caregivers’ burden

MOBILITY

MOBILITY

  • Starting with mountainous regions, introduce drone delivery services to include urban regions by the 2020s
  • Introduce driverless transportation services with the aim of making them commercial by 2020

    *Road tests ongoing in the capital and in mountains

  • Autonomous truck platoons for mass transportation to address the shortage of truck drivers (commercialization by 2022)
  • City planning will include new mobility options so that model cities include autonomous driving, shopping support and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) from the start
  • Transport data dissemination via Apps will be introduced from this fiscal year to ease congestion, especially during peak times and major events

FINTECH

FINTECH

  • Drive FinTech innovation by facilitating experimentation with blockchain technology

    *This technology allows faster and deeper online transactions while providing security by recording transactions in a chronological order within a chain of encrypted, interlocking blocks. After creation, falsification of any part of the chain is extremely difficult, creating a trusted and secure record.

  • Install open application programming interface (API) systems in more than 80 banks by 2020 to further drive innovation

    *API is a software interface within which an application and other operations provide separate applications with a common function. In software development, a function provided by an API does not require further programming, which makes the process more efficient.

  • Achieve a 40% cashless payment rate by 2027

DECARBONIZATION

DECARBONIZATION

  • By 2030, between 50% and 70% of new autos will use electric, fuel cell or other non-gasoline engines
  • Promote a hydrogen society where the lightest element in the periodic table ushers in carbon-free technology
    • Establish 160 commercially operating hydrogen stations by 2020 and double that number by 2025
  • Utilize AI and IoT for energy use management with the commercialization of VPP (Virtual Power Plant) systems by 2021 that offer more efficient resource distribution

AND MORE

AND MORE

DIGITAL GOVERNMENTDIGITAL GOVERNMENT

  • Change “administration” by making all services and procedures digital
    • Eliminate attachments required in various procedures, and modify the personal identification method such as affixing a seal

NEXT-GENERATION INFRASTRUCTURENEXT-GENERATION INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Use robotics and sensors to repair and improve productivity of infrastructure, also cutting costs
  • Introduce data-driven operations to improve precision of construction, renewal and maintenance processes
    • Infrastructure Efficiency roadmap for next five years being prepared

PPP & PFIPPP & PFI

  • Operating performance of airports, water supply and sewage systems, roads, education facilities and harbors can be bolstered further with private business know-how
  • Government considering ways to bring private initiative into public utilities to generate long-term revenue and better cost-performance returns

SMART CITYSMART CITY

  • Bring together town-planning with new mobility services and private data capacities to develop the “Compact · Plus · Network,” ensuring that efficient and clean transport is built into cities with aging population needs

SMART AGRICULTURESMART AGRICULTURE

  • Agriculture of tomorrow means utilizing sensors, big data analysis and AI to help farmers develop larger-scale, less labor-intensive production and integrate their work into the modern farm-gate-to-store supply chain at minimal cost. The approach will be expanded to forestry and fishery industries.

FOR A DATA-DRIVEN SOCIETY

  • OPEN DATA

    OPEN DATA

    Open up government data to promote innovative products and services, particularly in eight selected areas that include healthcare, agriculture and mobility

  • 5G / CYBER SECURITY

    5G / CYBER SECURITY

    Move our telecommunications standard to 5G by 2020 to cope with increasing data volumes, while strengthening cyber security

  • INDUSTRY-ACADEMIA COLLABORATION

    INDUSTRY-ACADEMIA COLLABORATION

    Set up an operating system in universities to accept private investments, and set up an incentive system to encourage universities to collaborate with industry

  • ECOSYSTEM FOR STARTUPS

    ECOSYSTEM FOR STARTUPS

    Supply the foundation for people that have inside them a venture spirit by creating an agile environment where startups can continuously create and drive innovation

When speaking about economics, everything starts with people. They are the country’s top asset and this is where we are focused to make the biggest difference.
As people’s average life span expands, and our society grows more diverse, we want to help people remain productive, learn new skills, and re-invest that knowledge in their work.
Our initiatives include the Council for Designing 100-Year Life Society and measures to boost the workforce through higher female and senior engagement, as well as overseas talent.

WORK-STYLE REFORM

WORK-STYLE REFORM

  • Legislative rules and guidelines of “equal pay for equal work”: Eliminate the irrational gaps in the working conditions between regular and non-regular workers in order to enable non-regular workers to be fairly evaluated and to work with higher motivation
  • Promote a flexible work style: Promote teleworking, side jobs and those who wish to take on multiple jobs with a variety of policy measures, including the renewal of guidelines

    Law passed in June 2018

Reform our work-style

HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

  • Move toward free education for infants (from low income households), all pre-school children, and higher-education (university) students (from low income households)
  • Support further education and mid-life career change for
    • Individuals who seek to advance their skills

       

    • Those wishing to switch jobs

       

    • Mothers returning to work after child-care leave, who wish to boost skills or change employment
  • Make education more practical
    • Reform higher education curriculum and facilities to better meet the needs of today’s professions, especially in terms of technical skills such as in IT

       

    • Introduce programming as mandatory study from elementary school to bolster societal IT knowledge in the future
HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

WOMEN

WOMEN

  • Bolster health support for women at various life stages
  • Offer greater assistance to single parents, irrespective of gender
  • Make available further and recurrent education for women returning to work after child-care leave
  • Provide female candidates with executive leadership training programs from the world’s leading business scholars
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against women including spousal violence, sex crimes, prostitution, human trafficking, sexual harassment, and stalking
  • Promote men taking child-care leave and being more active with domestic tasks
flagAchievements
  • From 2012 to 2017, the number of women joining the workforce increased by about

    2.0million

    Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications “Labour Force Survey”

  • Women in management positions in the private sector approaches

    10%

    Source: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare “Basic Survey on Wage Structure”

SENIORS

SENIORS

  • Provide a choice to work beyond the official retirement age for those who want to do so, as well as support companies that retain retiree-age staff
  • Provide support in matching job openings and applications
  • Consider raising the retirement age of civil servants gradually from 60 to 65 years old
flagAchievements
  • From 2012 to 2017, employment rate of people over the age of 65 increased by3.5%

    Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications “Labour Force Survey”

    71%

    of seniors report that they would like to continue to work past retirement age

    Source: Cabinet Office “Research on daily life of seniors”2014

EXPATRIATES

EXPATRIATES

  • Actively attract overseas professionals who have expertise or experience in certain areas through easier visa procedures
    • Fast-track visa screenings to 10 days

       

    • Established a new status of residence for foreign human resources who have a certain level of professional and technical skill, and Japanese language proficiency

       

    • Set up the world’s fastest Japanese Green Card program for Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals in select fields
  • Online applications accepted from 2018
  • Ease quality-of-life with more non-Japanese signage, international schools, English-speaking hospitals
  • Option to invite housekeeping staff from overseas
  • Support more international students and entrepreneurs
flagAchievements
  • The number of workers from abroad reached

    1.3million
    (Approx.)
    EXPATRIATES

    Source: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare “Report on the Employment Situations of Foreigners”

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Productive
Individuals
& Society

  • HEALTHCARE
  • MOBILITY
  • FINTECH
  • DECARBONIZATION
  • AND MORE
  • FOR A DATA-DRIVEN SOCIETY

  • WORK-STYLE REFORM
  • HUMAN RESOURCES
    DEVELOPMENT
  • WOMEN
  • SENIORS
  • EXPATRIATES

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