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Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT)
Following the collapse of the bubble economy of the 1980s, Japan endured two decades of prolonged economic stagnation, also known as the Lost 20 Years. During this period, Japanese companies were unable to alter their conventional manufacturing strategies amidst great changes in the industrial structure and lifestyles, and this has resulted in an ongoing decline in the competitiveness of Japanese industry. At the same time, corporate leaders and the Japanese citizens themselves lost confidence, and it is said that Japan cannot any longer bear the risks required for growth.
In order to dispel these problems, it is essential that we build a new science and technology system in which universities and corporations can boldly tackle challenging research issues and open new areas of growth (innovation).
ImPACT is a program through which the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation "the body that serves as the government's command center for innovation policy" will encourage high-risk, high-impact R&D, and aim to realize a sustainable and expandable innovation system.
This program was established based on the Japan Revitalization Strategy and the Comprehensive Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation, and it was included in the FY2013 supplementary budget to the General Account as a concrete measure under the Economic Measures for Realization of a Virtuous Cycle (Cabinet decision on December 5, 2013).
An Ultra Big Data Platform for Reducing Social Risks
There are more than 100 billion network-ready sensor devices around the world but as of 2013 only a small percentage of these devices were actually connected and capable of sending data. More so, there is no existing platform capable of processing several 10’s of billions of data records in several minutes. To address this, we will construct an ultra big data platform that far exceeds the scale of today’s big data processing.
Using this platform, we will use national and local public medical data and continuous measurement data to offer predictive and preemptive healthcare and medical services, through which we will achieve Health Security that helps extend healthy life expectancy and reduce medical costs.
We also will aim to realize the social application of Factory Security, which will help eliminate cyberattacks on factories and improve productivity and profitability by safely connecting control devices in factories into groups of one thousand units.
"Ultra Big Data processing Engine project"
Based on the knowledge gained through the research results of the previous R&D support program (the FIRST Program), our project will develop a non-order-type big data engine capable of analyzing, within several minutes, the massive big data generated on a daily basis (several tens of billion records per year). This will be expanded to a cloud scale and implemented as an ultra high-speed processing engine.