Society 5.0: the implementation path of Japan’s Super Smart Society

DING Man1

(1.Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, China 100037)

【Abstract】Super Smart Society was renamed Society 5.0, which can be viewed as a mark of development in the world. Compared with prospective “Industrial internet” and Industry 4.0, Society 5.0 aims to solve social problems and turn the disadvantages into opportunities, so as to achieve the development of both society and the economy. It advocates the openness of coordinative innovation, instead of the closure of National Innovation Systems during the catching up period, and also highlights the vertical connection between users and producers as well as the construction of a society system which can continue improving. All in all, Society 5.0 is a comprehensively evolved system. The implementation path of Society 5.0 features the government-led model that is typical in developed countries, focusing on the new “university-industry-government” relationship led by the government and the pragmatism during the university reform. However, there are still some defects. For example, enterprises at the micro level still need to raise the consciousness of reform. In the future, whether Japanese government is going to adopt more interfering measures or to create an environment for continuing competition and innovations will determine the outcome of Society 5.0. In reality, the difficulties with reform of Japanese economy are the results of complicated political compromise and the product of balance between short-term prosperity and long-term structural reform, which greatly challenges the implementation of Society 5.0.

【Keywords】 Super Smart Society; Society 5.0; Japan; innovation; industrial policy;

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【Funds】 Beijing Social Science Foundation Project (14WYB031) Beijing “Belt and Road” National Talent Training Base Project

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ISSN:1000-355X

CN: 22-1065/F

Vol , No. 03, Pages 1-14

May 2018

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Abstract

  • Introduction
  • 1 Playing the leading role of the government
  • 2 Consolidating foundations of “data” and “talent”
  • 3 How to evaluate “Society 5.0”
  • References