Innovation in the Software Sector


Software has become an essential part of social and economic infrastructure, and continues to increase in importance. Many products ranging from cars, mobile phones, consumer products to medical devices require embedded software to operate, and the performance of such software can influence the competitiveness of products and enterprises.

In light of this situation, OECD launched a two-year project "Innovation in the software sector" in March 2007 for governments and industries to jointly discuss and assess the factors that were shaping the developments in the sector. In this conference, interim findings of the project will be presented, and efforts to enhance dependability in the software sector in Japan will be introduced. It will be a high-level event aimed at analyzing innovation in the software sector from business and economic perspectives, taking into account the factors that drive innovation, including key framework conditions.


  • Time and Date: 9:15-17:50; Monday, October 6, 2008
  • Venue: ANA InterContinental Hotel Tokyo , Room Prominence, B1F
    1-12-33 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Language: English (with Japanese simultaneous interpretation)
  • Charge: Free
  • Hosts: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan
    Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • RIETI, (Ms.) Tomoko HARADA
    Tel: +81-3-3501-8398 Fax: +81-3-3501-8416

*Streaming video footage of and handouts pertaining to the symposium will be available for download from the RIETI website after the event.
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9:15 - 9:30 Opening Remarks

TAKAICHI Sanae (Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry)

AMANO Mari (Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD)

09:30 - 10:40 Keynote Speech: Understanding the Dynamics of the Software Sector


KOKURYO Jiro (Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University)

* Online participant
Michael A. CUSUMANO (Professor, MIT Sloan School)

10:40 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00 Session 1: Software Industry and User Perspectives


KUSHIKI Yoshiaki (Senior Fellow, Panasonic Corporation)

Marshall PHELPS (Corporate Vice President for IP Policy and Strategy, Microsoft Corporation)

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:30 Session 2: Industry Architecture and Technology Perspectives (including Functionalities)


Marshall VAN ALSTYNE (Associate Professor, Information Systems Department, Boston University / Visiting Professor, MIT)

KASAHARA Yutaka (Vice President, Software Business Promotion Unit, NEC Corporation)

Jürgen MÖSSINGER (Vice President Automotive Systems Integration, BOSCH)

14:30 - 15:30 Session 2: Industry Architecture and Technology Perspectives (continued)

"An investigation on the software metrics to promote best practices for reliability improvement"

HAMAGUCHI Tomokazu (Chairman, Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association [JISA])

KAMIYAMA Shigeru (Vice Chairman, JISA)

"To Ensure the Reliability of Information Systems"

HIRONISHI Koichi (Corporate Senior Executive Vice President, Fujitsu Limited)

15:30 - 15:50 Coffee Break

15:50 - 17:30 Session 3: Preferable Policy for Software Innovation (panel)

Chair: Marcos BONTURI (Head of Structural Policy Division, STI, OECD)

Speakers and Discussants

MOTOHASHI Kazuyuki (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, the Universityof Tokyo)

Arnaud LE HORS (Program Director, Standards & Emerging Markets, IBM Corporation)

David CIERCO JIMENEZ de PARGA (General Director for Information Society Development, Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, Spain)

17:30 - 17:50 Closing Session

Marcos BONTURI (Head of Structural Policy Division, STI, OECD)

YAHIRO Toshihide (Director of Information Services Industry Division Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI, Japan)

OIKAWA Kozo (Chairman, RIETI)

18:00 - Reception

KONDO Kenji (Director-General Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI, Japan)

Hitachi, Ltd.
Japan Information Technology Services Industry Assosiation
Mitsubishi Electric Information Systems Corporation
NEC Corporation
Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
(in alphabetical order)

*Agenda is subject to change