October 30, 2020 Nomination of Candidate Contractors for Additional Proposals (Third Time) regarding Subsidies for IoT Utilization and Application Project that Promotes Regional IoT Implementation under FY2020 Budget

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has nominated candidate contractors considering external experts’ evaluation of the candidate contractors’ proposals. MIC selected these proposals among those made in response to MIC’s additional appeal (for the third time) regarding subsidies for the ICT utilization and application project that promotes regional IoT implementation (with joint use) under the fiscal 2020 budget.

1. Project overview

MIC organized a unit named Taskforce to Promote Regional IoT Implementation in September 2016 to spread IoT utilization to every corner of Japan. The Taskforce formulated a roadmap for promoting regional IoT implementation to present a concrete path to work on the IoT in respective regions, focusing on fields close to daily life to resolving regional issues.
In this project, MIC made this additional appeal (for the third time) for proposals from August 17 through September 17, for leading local efforts to spread field-specific models created through past demonstrations and other initiatives.

Requirement A

  • G-space disaster prevention system • Smart agriculture, forestry, and fishery
  • Local business activation model • Tourism cloud

Requirement B

  • AI utilization

Requirement C

  • Way of working (telework)

2. Contents of decision

As a result of the appeal for opinions, MIC received a total of seven proposals. Of these, MIC selected the following proposals as candidates for adoption based on the evaluation results by the external evaluation committee.

Requirement A

No. Applicant Project theme
1 Ena City, Gifu Prefecture Introduction Project on Disaster Prevention System Utilizing Prefectural Integrated GIS

Requirement B

No. Applicant Project theme
2 Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture AI Utilization Project on Nursery School Usage Adjustments
3 Suginami-ku, Tokyo Introduction of AI Selection System for Nursery School Admission
4 Densan Co., Ltd. Work Efficiency Improvements in Form Processing Deskwork by Using Shared AI-OCR
5 NTT Docomo Inc. Construction of Automatic Response to Residents’ Inquiries Using AI Chatbot

Requirement C

No. Applicant Project theme
6 Ueda Honsha Co., Ltd. Teleworkplace Construction Project, a creative community creation project in collaboration with food, history, culture, nature, and industrial human resources that breathe at a town by the sea.


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