Japan plans to train 250,000 professionals every year to usher in the era of artificial intelligence

In many industry conferences or exhibitions, humanoid robots from Japan tend to become the focus of attention of the crowd. The lifelike humanoid technology and exquisite industrial manufacturing ability have won a good reputation for the robot industry in Japan.


Perhaps no other country has made and used robots as extensively as Japan, no other country has been in close contact with robots like Japan, and no other country has “humanized” robots like Japan.

Walking in the streets of Japan, we can see that the robots in the shops are distributing leaflets, the robots in the middle of the road are directing the traffic, and the robots in the office buildings are saying hello to you.

In addition, the world’s popular Japanese anime is also everywhere can be seen in the robot figure. From the childlike iron arm Astro Boy, the robot cat more than A dream, to the gorgeous classic Limpori, mobile warrior up. Robots have been accompanied by the growth of countless children.

Perhaps because of this unique plot for robots, Japanese universities, research institutes and companies are now racing to develop a robot industry.

It is worth noting that many cashiers in Japan street stores are from Vietnam and other southeast Asian countries. This phenomenon is closely related to the increasingly serious aging of Japanese society. For a long time, labor intensive industries such as catering, retail, transportation, post and telecommunications have always been in short supply.


On the one hand, the Japanese government has decided to introduce a large number of foreign talents with skills in Japan, and on the other hand, it has actively encouraged Japanese companies to increase their investment in artificial intelligence.

Japan is facing a shortage of talent in industries such as artificial intelligence and robotics as the country’s robot industry booms.

In order to solve the shortage of artificial intelligence (AI) talents in Japan, the “AI strategy” formulated by the Japanese government has been completed, with the goal of cultivating 250,000 artificial intelligence (AI) talents every year.

According to Singapore’s 《Lianhe Zaobao》and Japanese media reports, the Japan government has urged its universities to give all college students access to AI primary education, regardless of liberal arts and science and engineering, and will also set up specialized courses for the community at universities.

Japan’s shortage of AI talent is worsening with rapid advances in cutting-edge technologies such as big data and robotics. To strengthen Japan’s competitiveness, the government will play a driving role.

With the spread of the internet of Things (IoT) and the use of big data, AI’s business needs to expand from the IT industry to a variety of areas. In addition to high-end technical professionals, it will be difficult for Japan to promote competitive product development and business development in the future without a wide range of talents to master basic AI knowledge.

However, the talent cultivation of Japanese universities and enterprises cannot keep pace with the rapid application of AI. The scale of AI education at Japanese universities is still small. According to a survey by the Government of Japan, less than 900 people complete the AI related Master’s program each year at 11 universities, including Tokyo University, Kyoto University and Waseda University.

It is also only about 2800 people throughout Japan. Education for ordinary students has become more slow, with Japan’s Ministry of Economy and Industry estimating that people with IT knowledge, such as AI, lacked about 300,000 people in Japanese industry by the end of 2020.

The government believes the current education system is inadequate and will start to strengthen it. Promote talents who are active in various fields to master basic knowledge such as “deep learning” mechanism and ai-based data analysis method, so as to improve Japan’s industrial competitiveness.

Japan’s core initiative is to introduce AI education into higher education.

Japan will provide primary levels of AI education to all university students and colleges and universities with about 500,000 people throughout the year. The Japan government requires students to understand the minimum programming mechanism and understand AI ethics. And to the students in education to give the corresponding level of completion certificate, so that it is easy to use for job-seeking activities. Of these, 250,000 were trained as AI talents with more professional knowledge. In addition to mastering the elementary level, it will also systematically learn “deep learning” to understand the algorithms of machine learning.

In addition to mastering the elementary level, it will also systematically learn “deep learning” to understand the algorithms of machine learning. Subjects such as “AI and economics” and “data science and psychology” are taught without distinction between liberal arts and science and engineering, promoting education to make the most of AI.

In addition, the Japanese government will promote social relearning. Special courses will be offered at universities by 2022, partly at the government’s expense. The goal is to educate 2,000 people every year, and strive to make learners master the deep learning and other knowledge required by using AI.

The Japanese government has asked the university to gradually reflect a series of reform programs into the curriculum plan. Companies are urged to improve the environment for students with AI skills, such as internships. Universities are also expected to actively strengthen AI education courses if they begin to accept students with AI skills at a higher level of treatment.