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The Fifth GSDM International Symposium: "Population Decline in Japan--Can Artificial Intelligence Balance Labour Shortage?" (Joint Research Unit of Public Policy / Graduate School of Public Policy)

February 2, 2018

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Event Type: Lecture
Intended for: General public / Enrolled students / International students / Alumni / Companies / University students
Date(s): March 02, 2018 13:30 - 17:20
Location: Hongo Area Campus
Venue: Ito Hall, Ito International Research Center, Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo
Capacity: 300 people
Entrance Fee: No charge
Registration Method: Advance registration required: https://ppforum.jp/?action_entry=true&forum_id=425
Event Description:

Purposes: Evaluate the impact of population dynamics on the Japanese labour market and analyse the role that could be played by Artificial Intelligence to mitigate potentially adverse impacts.
 
According to governmental projections, the population of Japan is expected to decrease by 30% by 2065. Such an unprecedented event will have a dramatic and durable impact on the Japanese labour market. All sectors of the economy – in particular manufacturing and heavy industry – will suffer from an acute shortage of workforce.

Nevertheless, while being one of the most demographically fragile countries on the planet, Japan is also one of the most technologically advanced. The rise of Artificial Intelligence, often pictured as a potential threat to employment, could also be seen as a solution or at least as an easing factor. Consequently, the following question arises: to what extent can AI help to mitigate the impact of population decline on the labour market, in the short, mid- and long-term?

As Japan stands out as a forerunner in the demographic crisis currently affecting most developed countries, this symposium will gather a wide range of domestic specialists from academia, industry, government, employers’ associations, and labour unions to discuss its future. Moreover, beyond domestic considerations, foreign specialists will be invited to share with us best practices from all over the world.

The University of Tokyo, the most prominent academic institution in Japan, has a great responsibility for the shaping of the country’s future. Its GSDM programme, aimed at solving social issues by fostering multi-disciplinary research, considers it as a high priority to expand and deepen, through the hosting of this symposium, this debate for the sustainability of the Japanese economy, a topic which will certainly surge to prominence in the years and decades to come.

Language: Japanese/English (Simultaneous interpretation)

Hosted by: Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM), the University of Tokyo

Program:
 
13:30-13:50 Opening

  • Official opening and introduction of the first speaker
        Yun-Chieh Wang, GSDM student
  • University opening remarks
        Hiroo Fukuda, Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo
  • Symposium Coordinator opening remarks
        Quentin Verspieren, GSDM student
 
13:50-14:20 Scene Setting
  • Vision of Rengo
        Yasunobu Aihara, General Secretary, RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation)
  • Viewpoints of Industry
        Kazuo Yano, Corporate Officer, Corporate Chief Scientist, Hitachi, Ltd.

14:20-14:55 Cross-cutting session
  • Keynote speech 1
        Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy (STP) Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Keynote speech 2

        Yoichi Ochiai, Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba, CEO, Pixie Dust Technologies
 
14:55-15:05 Break
 
15:05-16:10 Panel debate session (part 1)

Panelists
      -Sadanori Ito, Counsellor, Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
      -Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy (STP) Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
      -Yoichi Ochiai, Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba, CEO, Pixie Dust Technologies
      -Masahiro Fukuhara, CEO, Institution for a Global Society (IGS)

  • Introduction from the moderator
        Hideaki Shiroyama, GSDM Program Coordinator, Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
  • Debate part 1

16:10-16:20 Break
 
16:20-17:00 Panel debate session (part 2)
  • Debate part 2
  • Summary from the moderator   Hideaki Shiroyama
 
17:00-17:20 Closing remarks
  • Closing remarks
        Mamoru Mitsuishi, Vice President, GSDM Deputy Program Coordinator, The University of Tokyo
  • Closing remarks from the symposium student team
        Asami Takahashi, GSDM student
  • Official closing
        Yun-Chieh Wang

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Contact: gsdm-ppoffice@pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp