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June 23, 2016


"Hitachi Kyoto University Laboratory" to promote joint-research on the "exploration of basics and theory based on an understanding of humans and culture"

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Kyoto University and Hitachi, Ltd. today announced the establishment of the "Hitachi Kyoto University Laboratory", a joint research division for exploring future societal issues, within the grounds of Kyoto University. Through collaborative creation between Kyoto University and Hitachi, the Laboratory will discern challenges facing future society and work towards creating innovations that achieve both economic development and solutions to those issues. The Hitachi researchers who have been assigned to the Laboratory will work as part of the diverse team at Kyoto University in pursuing joint research, as well as promote academic research with other institutes in and outside of Japan as a hub for open innovation.

Through initiatives at the Laboratory, Kyoto University and Hitachi will leverage open forums to promote open research and actively disseminate information relating to understanding of issues and research achievements with the aim of contributing to the realization of a Super Smart Society*1 (Society 5.0*2).

Super Smart Society: A society which can attend in detail to the various needs of society by providing necessary items or services to the people who require them, when they are required, in the amount required, thus enabling its citizens to live an active and comfortable life through high quality services regardless of difference in age, sex, region and language, etc.
Society 5.0: Activities related to the realization of a shared vision for a "Super Smart Society" where the cyber space and the real world (physical space) are intricately connected. The naming describes a new type of society that will be led by innovations in science and technology, following on from hunter-gatherer, pastoral-agrarian, industrial and information.
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