Japan AI Strategy

Artificial Intelligence Technology Strategy (2017)

Overview of the strategy

Japan’s national AI strategy focuses on four areas to apply AI: Productivity; Health, Medical Care, and Welfare; Mobility; and Information Security. The strategy focuses on using three centers (research institutions) as the main places to implement the AI strategy.

Artificial Intelligence Development Phases:

Phase 1: Utilization of AI and data will increase together with new seeds of growth in related service industries.

Phase 2: Public use of AI and data is developed and new industries, such as service industries, will expand. 

Phase 3: An ecosystem is established as various multiplying domains are connected and merged. 

Approaches for R&D and social implementation of AI

1. R&D – encourage coordination between the three research centers and promote AI projects based on industry-academia-government collaboration.

2. Fostering of Human Resources – Create education programs to make effective workers and encourage collaboration between universities and industry.

3. Environmental Maintenance of Data – Strengthen data maintenance in priority sectors. Use industry-academia-government collaboration to strengthen data maintenance.

4. Start-up support – Help large corporations coordinate with startups and create open innovation-type platforms. In addition to funding at the pre-seed stage.

5. Promotion of understanding of AI – It is important for not only manufacturers, but service providers and users to understand AI so that development is not restricted.

Data governance in the strategy

  • Does the AI plan mention data governance?


  • Does the AI plan discuss open public data?

Yes; the strategy briefly mentions the importance of maintaining open public data.

  • Does the AI plan discuss proprietary data?

Yes; the strategy does discuss the promotion of utilization and application of data owned by the private sector and acknowledges that it is difficult to make judgments on competitive domains and cooperative domains for the data itself.

  • Does the AI plan discuss personal data?

Yes; the strategy does state that the handling of personal data is an issue that needs to be addressed.

  • Does the AI plan discuss the mixing of data (hybrid)?


  • Has the government consulted with the public on its AI strategy?