Open Innovation

Co-creating a Brighter Future through Open Innovation

As a leading country in resolving societal problems, Japan has used its advanced technical and human resource strengths to resolve issues that Japan has faced before other countries. Radical solutions more often require a broad range of knowledge, ideas, and open collaboration and innovation.
The MRI Group intends to address societal issues through our own business efforts as well as open innovation through our position as a hub and catalyst for diverse stakeholders.
As a think tank, we have developed skills in discerning the essential nature of societal issues and in defining challenges. Our role is to use these skills to link our broad-ranging expertise and networks and implement our solutions in society.
The Group will co-create the future by utilizing open innovation to resolve societal issues.

Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future

In April 2017, we launched the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future (INCF). It is a platform that addresses societal issues with innovative technologies and open innovation. Activities are underway with the advice and cooperation of experts, including Hiroshi Komiyama, Chairman of MRI, Professor Richard Dasher of Stanford University, and Professor Joichi Ito of the MIT Media Lab.
We provide opportunities to create innovation in addition to accelerate business ideas, co-creating business models between members, and carrying out verification in the six societal issue fields. The fields cover wellness, water and food, energy and the environment, mobility, disaster prevention and infrastructure, and education and human resource development. Furthermore, we have created and published the SDG-focused "Resolving Societal Issues Through Innovation—Listings of Societal Issues." We concentrate on communicating through seminars and other opportunities and strive to grow the ecosystem for solving societal issues.

Platinum Society Research Association

"Platinum society" is a sustainable society, rich both materially and spiritually, which has fundamentally resolved issues faced by modern society, such as environmental problems and the aging society. The roughly 500 members of the Platinum Society Research Association, from the fields of industry, academia, and government, coordinate and collaborate to achieve this platinum society. Since it was launched in April 2010, the Platinum Society Research Association has developed and proposed diverse platinum society models based on individual issues and regional characteristics, helping to shape social currents. In recent years, it has focused on social implementation.
In the September 2018 period, it worked with many people to co-create platinum societies through activities such as the verification of the Inverse Sankin-kotai Plan (multiple locations working plan) for regional revitalization, increasing the efficiency of local government operations using AI, and developing, sharing, and detailing new food business concepts.