Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

Education/Human Resources

The goal is to realize a society where everyone is empowered to contribute to society.


At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 3 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of Education / Human Resources.

Innovation to correct disparities in education

Social problem

  • Regional disparity in educational opportunities

    There is a problem of disparity in educational opportunities based on one’s place of residency and economic circumstance.

Issues to be tackled

  • To provide children with educational opportunities unaffected by regional and economic disparities

Examples of innovation

  • Support for remote learning
    Ed-Tech, cloud-based university, VR/AR
  • Providing learning support based on the child’s level of proficiency
    Adaptive Learning

Innovation in lifelong learning for career expansion

Social problem

  • Problem of insufficient worker re-training and skills upgrading opportunities

    Our longer lifespans compared to the past demands a shift from the typical pattern of formalized education at school, working, and spending many years in retirement to more varied ways of living and working. Moreover, with the advent of new technologies such as AI, it is expected that many workers will now need to acquire new skills midway through their career.

Issues to be tackled

  • To provide educational and learning opportunities for workers to help them keep up with the times

Examples of innovation

  • ICT-based lifelong learning
    Create lifelong learning platforms, etc.
  • Development of learning tools to enhance intellectual creativity or to deepen skillsets

Innovation to improve productivity in education

Social problem

  • Teachers are forced to work long hours.

    Class hours have increased because of a revision in teaching guidelines, and teachers are working longer hours. Hours worked by about 30% of elementary school teachers and about 60% of middle school teachers have reached the "karoshi line" (defined as 80 hours of overtime per month).

Issues to be tackled

  • Introducing technologies and services to lighten the load of overall teacher responsibilities

Examples of innovation

  • Improving efficiency in non-teaching activities such as lesson preparation and training:
    Development of training methods that use technologies such as AI and VR

Past Finalists

  • 2017 Part2 “Education/Human Resources” MRI Award
    “SecTA”: Building security literacy by teaching agent

    Takuya Kitamura (A student at Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University)

    An IT supported self-learning system that helps enhancing motivation for learning without classmates or classroom. The system provides an effective and enjoyable learning process in which learners play the role of teaching a third party defined as the agent.
    More [In Japanese]

  • 2017 Part2 “Education/Human Resources” Challenger Award
    “IQCOPY”: a virtual reality system that copies and transfers professional expertise

    Ten-up, Co., Ltd.

    An idea for education service business backed by virtual reality system where users can obtain intellectual copies of professional expertise. Vast potentiality of the unprecedented educational effects and chance for business expansion are recognized for the award.
    More [In Japanese]

  • 2017 Part2 “Education/Human Resources” Challenger Award
    Comedy! It is a political “edutainment” Understanding and getting familiar with politics

    Shokason Juku Inc.

    A unique solution utilizing comedy contents to explain complicated domestic and international political issues. The awardee is a professional comedian trying to encourage younger generation to have more attention to political issues.
    More [In Japanese]

Application Details

  • Benefits for Competition participants

    About mentoring by MRI scientists with expert knowledge in the various fields, cash award and supplementary awards.

  • Screening process

    About the competition procedure and criteria for participation.

  • Schedule

    About the schedule from the period between the application deadline and the final screening.


The following themes will also be considered for this program:

Business proposals may also be submitted for multifaceted social issues that involve several focus areas.

Note: business proposals focusing only on infrastructure technologies (e.g. AI and blockchains) will not be accepted.