Digitization, Computerization, Networking, Automation, and the Future of Jobs in Japan

Author Name IWAMOTO Koichi (Senior Fellow, RIETI) / TANOUE Yuta (The Institute of Statistical Mathematics)
Creation Date/NO. July 2018 18-P-013
Research Project Productivity Revolution through IoT
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In the seminal study, Frey & Osborne reported that 47% of the total employment in the United States is at risk of computerization. Many studies estimate how automation of work influences employment. In Japan, however, there are few studies which investigate the effect of automation and networking on future employment. It is important to discuss this based on facts and evidence.

This paper describes the present situation in Japan on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on employment, utilizing a survey study. We first visited Japanese companies and conducted a field survey on the new technologies being introduced. Following this, in August 2017, we conducted a survey study of about 10,000 companies. This paper discusses the output of the survey study.

This is the English version of the Japanese Policy Discussion Paper (18-P-009) with some additional information and changes.