Research Programs: Human Capital

Employment and Educational Reform in the AI era

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

TSURU Kotaro

TSURU Kotaro (Program Director, Faculty Fellow)



In the age of AI, with the rapid advance of new technologies such as ICT and AI and the data economy, we should aim for a drastic digital transformation of the Japanese economy for purely economic reasons, but also for the purpose of overcoming the current corona crisis. With these issues in mind, we have set the goal of creating "work style reform amplified by the utilization of new technology", and redesigned new work styles (including gig economies), employment systems, and labor markets that are not bound by preconceived ideas, and carrying out research and developing recommendations for that purpose. In particular, we will focus on the utilization, dissemination, and challenges presented by new technologies (digitalization, telework, web meetings, etc.) that are rapidly advancing with the corona crisis.

In addition, in order to adapt to these major changes in the environment, it is important to identify what kind of human capital, in particular, abilities/skills, are required in the AI era. For that purpose, we will comprehensively analyze how various abilities/skills, including cognitive/non-cognitive abilities/skills, are affected by initiatives and experiences that are available to each generation, including pre-employment education and post-employment training, and how it will affect life outcomes ( in terms of educational attainment, occupational performance, health status, etc.), finally developing proposals for the required education and training reforms.

August 17, 2020 - July 31, 2022

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers

RIETI Policy Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers