Abe vows regulation reform to promote innovation
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged continued efforts for deregulation, in order to promote technological innovation.
Abe was speaking in English at the opening ceremony of an international conference on science and technology that began on Sunday in Kyoto, western Japan.
Officials from governments and businesses, as well as researchers, from about 80 countries and territories are taking part in the annual meeting.
Abe emphasized the necessity of promoting technological innovation to win international competition in cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence.
He said those who further innovation and create innovative businesses will lead people to weather the tidal wave of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Abe said the government should play a role to support such people and sometimes scrap institutions and regulations.
Abe also attended a breakfast meeting before the opening ceremony, along with Kyoto University Professor Tasuku Honjo, the Japanese immunologist who won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.