In this session of the Corporate Affiliates Research Presentations, the following will be presented:
Hiroki Morishige, Shizuoka Prefectural Government, "Regional Revitalization: Overcoming Population Decline and Revitalizing Local Economy"
Population decline has been a major issue for Japan. In the near future, this problem will cause a labor shortage and weaken local economies. However, these adversities will also become an opportunity to create innovation, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), etc. Silicon Valley is the center of these technologies and has the potential to stimulate world economy. Morishige intends to propose approaches to realize regional revitalization in his hometown of Shizuoka. He does so by applying the innovative strategies into Japan’s shrinking population.
Hidenori Nishita, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry, Japan, "Corporate Organization to Innovation"
One of the most serious challenges of the Japanese economy is stagnant innovation of corporations though they have technological strengths and onsite readiness. The problems are a result of their rigid organizations, planning and decision-making systems. Though Japanese government has reformed corporate governance systems and is trying to promote the new “industrial revolutions”, it is of concern that practices of Japanese corporations have not changed. In his research, Nishita shares a list of problems of Japanese corporate governance, development, decision-making system and so on, and then propose the solutions, comparing U.S. corporations.
Akihiko Sado, The Asahi Shimbun, "Media Technology and the Tokyo Olympics: New Apps to Transform the Viewing Experience"
The Olympic Games have developed into something not only of sports but also of technology and innovation. Every four years with the onset of new technology, people have continued to enjoy the Olympics more and more. On the other hand, with the growth of the internet and readily available information, there has been a decrease in the reading of information put out by the media.
In the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, what technologies will be utilized and how will the media be able to provide information to people? Can media increase the reader’s engagement with new cutting-edge technologies such as AI? How will the media incorporate them? In his research presentation, Sado tries to answer these questions by discussing the technology the media should utilize for increasing reader’s engagement in the future. Sado shares one option that the media should drive for Tokyo 2020 - a smartphone app he built that has a facial recognition system of computer vision (part of AI) that links athletes and information gathered by the media.