EU-Japan Digital Partnership Webinar ~ Connecting the EU, Japan and the World by GAIA-X, CATENA-X and Japan's Data Strategy ~

March 12 2024


EU-Japan Digital Partnership Webinar

~ Connecting the EU, Japan and the World 
by GAIA-X, CATENA-X and Japan's Data Strategy ~
Tuesday, March 12 17:00-19:00 Tokyo (9:00-11:00 Brussels)
(With English-Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation / Free Event)

Organized by:
Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA)
The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (EUJC)

Supported by:
the Japan Machinery Federation (JMF)
Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative (RRI)
the Japan Data Management Consortium (JDMC)
The Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry (RIETI)

Since announcing its data strategy in 2020, Europe has been working to build a data sharing economic zone/data space that transcends various industries, including medicine, agriculture, energy environment, and finance. This initiative aims to promote the GAIA-X project, which serves as the foundation for governance/data distribution.The first embodiment of the GAIA-X concept takes form as CATENA-X, primarily led by European automobile and parts manufacturers.

Meanwhile, Japan has embarked on building a data collaboration infrastructure, including formulating a comprehensive data strategy in 2021 and promoting DATA-EX by the Data Society Promotion Council, with the aim of realizing Society 5.0. In the industrial field, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is leading the effort to build the Ouranos Ecosystem, aiming for cross-sectional data sharing and system collaboration across companies, industries, and national borders.

In this webinar, panelists involved in GAIA-X, CATENA-X, Japanese date strategy and the Ouranos Ecosystem will provide insights about the overview and challenges, and will discuss on crucial topics such as the involvement of all players in the supply chain (especially SMEs) in this data linkage mechanism, ensuring data reliability, achieving globally interoperability, delineating optimal roles between the public and private sectors, and exploring possible industrial cooperation between Japan and the EU and the ideal framework for global data collaboration.

Please check the details here and apply using the registration link below.

  • Registration: This webinar will be held on ZOOM. Please register from this ZOOM link to join.
  • Q&A: Questions during the webinar can be entered in the Q&A box on your screen. In addition, it’s possible to accept questions in advance when registering for ZOOM participation.


17:00 -17:05 (9:00 -9:05)  Opening remarks   
 -    Peter FATELNIG, Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan

17:05-18:05 (9:05 -10:05)   Presentations
- Takuya YAMAZAKI, Chief Director, Digital Agency
- Ichiro AOYAGI, SVP / Co-Head of Solution Service Strategic Unit, Fujitsu & Board Member, Japan Data Management Consortium (JDMC)
- Takeo KODERA, Strategic Program Lead, Head of Automotive Competency Center, SAP Japan Co., Ltd.
- Kazuo NAKASHIMA, Director for Promoting IoT, Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative (RRI) 
- Ulrich AHLE, Chief Executive Officer of GAIA-X

18:05-18:55 (10:05-10:55)   Q&A and Discussions
-    Moderator: Koichi AKAISHI, Former Vice Minister, Digital Agency

18:55-19:00 (10:55-11:00) Closing remarks
-    Yasuo TANABE, Managing Director Japan Side, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

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