July 3, 2020 Nomination of Candidate Contractors for Proposals regarding Subsidies for IoT Utilization and Application Project that Promotes Regional IoT Implementation under FY2020 Budget and Additional Public Appeal

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has made a nomination of candidate contractors with consideration of external experts’ evaluation of the candidate contractors’ proposals regarding subsidies for the ICT utilization and application project that promotes regional IoT implementation (with joint use) under the fiscal 2020 budget. Furthermore, MIC decided to make an additional appeal for proposals until July 31, 2020, from today.

1. Project overview

MIC organized a unit named Taskforce to Promote Regional IoT Implementation in September 2016 to spread the results of IoT utilization to every corner of Japan. The Taskforce formulated the Roadmap for promoting regional IoT implementation to present a concrete path to work on the implementation of IoT in respective regions, focusing on fields close to daily life to lead to the resolution of regional issues.
In this project, MIC made an appeal for proposals from Thursday, April 16 through Wednesday, May 20, 2020, for 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 22 proposals. Of these, the following 18 were selected as candidates for adoption based on the evaluation results by the external evaluation committee.

〈Requirement A〉

No. Applicant Project name
1 Tonami Satellite communications Television Construction of a Safe, Secure, and Labor-Saving IOT Agricultural Management Platform in the Nanto Area
2 Fukui Agricultural Mutual Aid Association Project on Developing Infrastructure to Promote Smart Agriculture
3 Dokonjo Farm, Limited Liability Company Project on Utilizing IOT Cultivation Navigation under Agriculture-Welfare Collaboration
4 Soo City, Kagoshima Prefecture Project on Promoting Regional IoT Implementation in Soo City
5 Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. Local Revitalization by Kyushu Tourism Promotion Platform

〈Requirement B〉

No. Applicant Project name
6 Association for Promotion of Infrastructure Geospatial Information Distribution (AIGID) Promotion of Horizontal Deployment by Improving the Functions of the Next-generation Citizen Collaboration Platform Called My City Report
7 Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture Project on Introducing AI-utilized Selection System for Childcare Center Admission
8 Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture Introduction of AI-utilized Selection of Childcare Facilities
9 Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture Support for Minutes Creation by AI Voice Recognition Function
10 Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture Project on Promoting Efficiency and Labor Saving in Local Government Operations using AI
11 Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture Project on AI-utilized Office Work for Childcare Center Admission
12 Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Prefecture Project on AI-utilized Adjustments to Childcare Center Admission
13 Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture Building a Chatbot System Responding to Inquiries in Fukuyama City
14 Ibara City, Okayama Prefecture Project on Introducing Section System for Childcare Center Admission
15 Hiyoshitsu Village, Tottori Prefecture Conversion of Dialect Voice Data to Text Data
16 Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture Project on AI-utilized Section of Childcare Center Admission
17 Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture Project on AI-utilized Adjustment System for Childcare Center Admission

〈Requirement C〉

No. Applicant Project name
18 Shima, Hito, Takara (general incorporated association) Hometown Telework Project in Collaboration with Local Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Administrative Agencies, and Specialized Enterprises Centered on Dempaku (Traditional Stay) in the Amami Islands

3. Additional public appeal for project proposals

1. Period of submission

No later than Friday, July 31, 2020

2. Method of submission

Make a suggestion using either i. or ii. below.

1. Submission by email

Make a proposal according to the implementation guideline and the proposal form, submit the proposal to the competent Regional Bureau of Telecommunications* by email, and inform MIC by telephone that you have submitted the email (no postal mail or submission by hand is required).

  • *
    The competent Regional Bureau of Telecommunications is not the Regional Bureau of Telecommunications office that administers the area where the applicant (corporate body) exists. Submit the proposal to the Regional Bureau of Telecommunications office that has jurisdiction over the project implementation area (if there are multiple implementation areas, the main implementation area, and the Okinawa Office of Telecommunications in the case of Okinawa).

2. Application by a system for filing requests for subsidies (jGrants)

For this project, it is possible to apply through a system for filing requests for subsidies (jGrants), which can complete the process from the public appeal to post-project procedures online. Be aware that a gBizID prime (a gBiz ID) is required for application with this system.
For details, please check the URL below.

  • New System for Filing Requests for Subsidies Called “jGrants” (announced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on December 24, 2019)
https://www.meti.go.jp/press/2019/12/20191224003/20191224003.html Open a new window

4. Selection of contractor candidates

MIC will select candidate contractors based on the results of external evaluation.

5. Future schedule

August 2020

Evaluation by external experts

September 2020

Announcement of adopted business operators and the start of subsidy application procedures

October 2020

Grant decision

March 2021

Submission of performance report and confirmation of subsidy amount

  • *
    The above schedule is subject to advance or postponement depending on the selection situation of the contractor candidates.


For further information about this press release, please fill in the inquiry form and submit it to MIC on the website

International Policy Division, Global Strategy Bureau, MIC

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