[Event Report] Japan-Singapore AI Governance Roundtable (held on October 31, 2022)


"Platforms and the '2040 Problem' Project", part of the "Research Project Keio 2040" established by KGRI, assisted in the organization of a "Japan-Singapore AI Governance Roundtable" on October 31, 2022 commissioned by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC).


In July 2021, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Digital Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, and Information and Communication Technology was signed between the former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (Japan), Ryota TAKEDA, and the Minister of Communications and Information (Singapore) H.E. Josephine TEO. The MOC will see both countries collaborate to "exchange of information on best practices and policies" and promote "mutual recognition of the importance of developing frameworks for trusted, safe and progressive use of AI, as well as the importance of international harmonization for AI governance approaches and frameworks."

Following the MOC, this roundtable was conducted to realize a dialogue between the two countries on AI governance. Attendees include the Information, Communications and Media Development Authority (IMDA), which is under the Ministry of Communications and information of Singapore, MIC, as well as leading companies in various fields from both countries. As keynote speeches, IMDA and MIC introduced guidelines on the use of AI, followed by presentations from corporates on good practices in AI governance at their companies. The roundtable was concluded with expert comments and discussions.

Throughout the roundtable, information was exchanged on the awareness of issues, the status of initiatives, and the challenges of AI governance in companies. During the discussion, the challenges of AI governance and expectations for the continuous dialogue between the two countries and between the public, private and academic sectors were discussed.

A press release by MIC on this conference is available here (in Japanese)

Program and Attendees

"Japan-Singapore AI Governance Roundtable" on October 31, 2022
Co-hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan (MIC) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority of the Republic of Singapore (IMDA)

<Opening remarks>

<Keynote Speeches>

<Presentations by companies>
"Good practices in AI governance: Singaporean companies"
 Singapore Airlines
 And 2 more companies

"Good practices in AI governance: Japanese companies"
 Sony Group
 NTT Group

<Guided discussion>
"Discussion on measures to achieve 'responsible AI'"
 Hiroyuki SANBE, Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Atsumi & Sakai
 Toshiya JITSUZUMI, Professor at Graduate School of Policy Studies, Chuo University
 Hiroshi NAKAGAWA, Team Leader at Centre for Advanced Intelligence Project, RIKEN
 Tatsuya KUROSAKA, Project Associate Professor at Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
 Tatsuhiko YAMAMOTO, Professor at Law School and Deputy Director of KGRI, Keio University

<Closing remarks>

 Haluna KAWASHIMA, Project Associate Professor at KGRI, Keio University

<Operations Team>
 Kyoichi IIDA, KGRI Researcher and Attorney at Law
 Ryoko ARAKAWA, Project member of the Research Project Keio 2040

※Affiliations and job titles are as of the date the event was held.