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Today, AI has become an inseparable part of our lives in diverse fields such as healthcare, education, agriculture, crisis management and social life. Following on from the first symposium held in Tokyo in November 2018, this second edition will provide an online venue for stakeholders from industry, academia and government to promote international exchanges on AI through presentations and discussions.

Opening greetings by

Prof. Frédérique Vidal

French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation

H.E. Mr. Philippe Setton

Ambassador designate of France to Japan

H.E. Ms. Ina Lepel

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan, Tokyo

Dr. Hiroaki Kitano

Chairperson of the AI Japan R&D Network ; President & CEO Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc.

Opening greeting from Prof. Frédérique Vidal, French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation

Opening greeting from H.E. Mr. Philippe Setton

Opening greeting from H.E. Ms. Ina Lepel

Greeting from Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee (President of the DAAD)

Joint Statement of the 2nd edition

Released on the occasion of the 2nd French-German-Japanese Symposium on AI (November 2020)
Joint statement of French, German and Japanese participants
on AI collaboration aimed at tackling planetary-scale problems in the Anthropocene

The 2nd French-German-Japanese Symposium, organised by the Embassy of France to Japan, DWIH Tokyo, and AI Japan R&D Network, brought together stakeholders from academia, industry, government and civil society from the three participating countries in virtual space to discuss the subject of "Human-centric Artificial Intelligence”. This human-centric approach was the central message of the first joint statement of 2018, and as a shared value of the three countries, the importance of human-AI collaboration was discussed in this event with respect to various topics such as health, agriculture, risk prevention, education, and democracy. Humanity is currently facing planetary-scale challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and community fragmentation.

In preparation for our third symposium in 2022, we will address the issues we face in the Anthropocene, the epoch in which humanity is having a profound impact on the planet, including its ecosystems, from a broader perspective that includes not only humans and AI technologies, but also the environment we live in. The three countries of France, Germany, and Japan, which share the same values and social challenges, will be at the core of these efforts, and will invite other regions and countries to exchange ideas on how AI can help to solve these challenges, not for a single nation or company alone, but for the benefit of all of humanity and our planet itself.

Laval Virtual World, November 20, 2020

1st Symposium (2018)

On November 21-22, 2018 the German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) and the Embassy of France in Japan conducted a Japanese-German-French trilateral symposium on "Artificial Intelligence-International Research and Applications". With a remarkable lineup of 63 distinguished speakers and over 300 participants from all three countries the symposium provided a forum for vibrant discussions on one of the most important topics of our time.

Joint Statement of the 1st edition

Released on the occasion of the 1st German-French-Japanese Symposium on AI (November 2018)
The participants from the fields of research, funding organisations, policy and industry express their willingness to intensify their future collaboration in AI research and innovation. The cooperation will be carried out in the spirit of shared ethical values for the common good of our societies. At the centre of this collaboration we put a human-centred approach which will set common standards and a joint understanding of the potential of Artificial Intelligence.

We strongly support the creation and reinforcement of networks of individuals as well as networks of institutions. Based on the respective national strategies of Artificial Intelligence we see the need and the scope for intensified exchange of researchers, ideas and perspectives to face challenges in areas such as human resource development, health care, mobility, environment, connected industries, or disaster risk reduction.

The ultimate aim of Artificial Intelligence is to serve people and contribute to the improvement of the quality of life for the individual as well as for society as a whole.