First International STI Policy Forum: Japan

“Towards a New Industrial Structure Vision?

Issues on Japan’s Industrial Policy”



18 November 2013, 12.00-18.00

Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge.

The first CSTI industrial policy forum will be held at the Institute for Manufacturing on 18 November 2013. The forum will bring together researchers and policy makers from around the UK – and beyond – with a shared interest in Japan's manufacturing industries and industrial policy.



12.00- Welcome Lunch and Introductions
Presentation: "What is New in the New Industrial Policy? A Manufacturing Systems Perspective"

Dr Eoin O'Sullivan, Director, Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI), University of Cambridge

Discussant: Dr Carlos López-Gómez, Research Associate, CSTI, University of Cambridge

Setting the context for the Forum, this presentation will provide an overview of the recent evolution of manufacturing-related policies in leading OECD economies – Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and United States. Policy approaches will be compared in terms of factor inputs, intervention levels and degrees of coordination.


Whilst approaches in different countries vary in response to their respective contexts, there is some evidence of a convergence on the effectiveness of particular programmes and organisations as well as on the characteristics that support the competitiveness of national manufacturing systems. Some of these characteristics include coordination and alignment of related policies, partnerships with industry and longer term investment and planning.  





Japan Session 1: "Recent Industrial Policies in Japan"


Yuki Sadamitsu
Director, Industry & Energy, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) London
Special Advisor to Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI)


This first session will provide an overview of industrial policies in Japan, with a focus on manufacturing industries. Emphasis will be placed on recent changes in policy approaches and initiatives at the national level. Recent government efforts to promote industrial restructuring will also be discussed.




Break & Refreshments


Japan Session 2: "Japan's Industrial Structure - Beyond Keiretsu?"

Professor Mari Sako

Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Dr Steve New

Lecturer in Operations Management, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


This second session will focus on the influence of corporate structures (including the traditional 'keiretsu' structures) and corporate governance on the international competitiveness of Japanese manufacturing industries.




Japan Session 3: "Japan's Institutional Infrastructure - Is METI Alone?"

Dr Hiro Izushi

Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School, Aston University


This final session will focus on the role of institutions providing support to manufacturing firms at the metropolitan/regional level, as well as their relationship with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). 





Wrap-up and Final Discussion


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