It was a premiere. The focus was on the topic blockchain, AI and the industrial Internet. It was about key technologies for the future development of Germany and Japan. High-ranking representatives from the world of politics and business were sitting at a table at this premiere, in the exhibition grounds in Hanover. We are talking about the “Germany – Japan ICT business & Policy Dialog.” The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) had initiated this in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry for Internal Affairs & Communications (MIC).
The dialogue was part of two-day consultation between the two ministries. The exclusive event at CeBIT was designed to meet the needs of both companies and economy of both states, and to pick up and identify key development trends. On this basis, the ministries involved wanted develop appropriate programs to further advance the economy and prosperity in Germany and Japan, and to promote and expand cooperation between the two countries.
Stefan Schnorr, head of the department of digital and innovation policy in the BMWi, and Masahiko Tominaga, vice-minister in the Japanese MIC, leg the dialog and encouraged the companies and business associations to become more involved in the most important innovation issues and to learn from each other. It is important, in particular, to look at the opportunities and not primarily the risks.
Dr. Rolf Werner, chairman of the Management Board of Fujitsu Germany, gave a keynote speech on the importance of future technologies for Germany and Japan, and illustrated this with the example of the blockchain. He explained why blockchain is a key technology for the future of both economies, showing the opportunities and concrete fields of application, and the importance of the industrial production of both export nations.
Dr. Rolf Werner
Further short lectures were given on the current topic of GDPR. In particular, there have been exciting discussions about the challenges, but also the benefits of the new regime for the economy and consumers of both states. It also investigated the extent to which policy-testing rooms should be created in order to be able to test new technologies transparently in a protected area in practical use.
The theme of Cybersecurity also received great appeal. Here, company representatives first presented their strategies and discussed the challenges as well as political support in connection with all participants. By participating in this event, Fujitsu was able to give important impetus to innovation and technology policy, and to take important inspirations for its own research and development activities.