Digitization: The central topic at the Bavarian State delegation’s visit to Tokyo

Digitization: The central topic at the Bavarian State delegation visit to Tokyo

Managing Director Vera Schneevoigt and Jochen Michels, Head of Public Affairs, accompanied the Bavarian Minister of State, Dr. Beate Merk, on her trip to Japan

The program of the Tokyo visit of Dr. Beate Merk, Bavarian Minister of State for European and Regional Affairs, had a lot to offer: political talks, various briefings on cultural, scientific and economic aspects, an economic round table, receptions, company visits and the opening of the German film festival HORIZONTE in Tokyo – with the premiere of the Japanese-Bavarian co-production “Greetings from Fukushima”, directed by the well-known Doris Dörrie.

For all this diversity, however, one thing became very clear: digitization is not only a central topic for business and politics, but also for all areas of life and society. During a full-day visit to various Fujitsu locations in Tokyo, Minister Merk and the delegation members had the chance to understand and experience information technology first hand.

But the particular importance became already clear on the first evening’s discussion. Both the Head of the Bavarian Representative Office in Tokyo and the Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies made it very clear that artificial intelligence, robotics, big data analysis and cloud services are the basis for the development and implementation of intelligent, useful and future-oriented solutions. In Japan, this is already a reality – in healthcare, industrial production, transport or in research and development.

How this would be in reality, Minister of State Merk and the members of the delegation could experience first-hand in several speeches, discussions, presentations and use cases given at Fujitsu Headquarters in Shiodome, the Security Initiative Center and the innovation lab netCommunity. A particularly vivid example was given by an outlook to the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. Beyond all the different aspects, the program focused clearly on the central motive of a Human Centric Intelligent Society. At the end of the day, Minister Beate Merk was very impressed: “Today, I got a lot of new ideas and inspiration for the further political work in Bavaria. During the discussions it has just dawned on me that Fujitsu is not only a hardware producer, but a developer of intelligent end-to-end solutions for a wide range. We can count ourselves lucky to have such an innovative company here in Bavaria.”

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