The goal is to realize a society where everyone can enjoy a vibrant and healthy life.
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 Wellness.
Illness caused by lifestyle habits account for about 30% of national medical expenses and about 60% of deaths among those afflicted are caused by such diseases. Moreover, the proportion will increase further as the aging problem worsens.
Innovations to close gaps between supply and demand in medical and nursing care
In metropolitan areas where the number of seniors has risen, the provision of medical services has become more challenging. In addition to the shortage of medical facilities and medical workers, doctors and nurses have become excessively burdened because they do not efficiently delegate basic work tasks to support staff. On the other hand, with the declining population in the countryside, medical facilities have become excessive in some local cities. There is thus a problem of inefficient allocation of medical services and resources by geography.
Innovations to supplement and strengthen functioning among the elderly and disabled
The proportion of seniors who can enjoy non-assisted living is about 80% for those in their mid-seventies, but drops to 10%5 for those in their late eighties. We currently lack the means to deal with this situation, and to help seniors maintain a high quality of life even in old age.
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Inspired by the biological clock of the human body, which closely relates to health and sleep, the company has developed a comprehensive insomnia treatment service incorporating “CBT” (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). The world’s first non-invasive wristwatch device provides visualizations of dysfunctions in the biological clock. An app incorporating CBT helps users to regulate their circadian rhythms, thereby improving the quality of their sleep and preventing insomnia. While a self-care approach, the service aims to provide a fundamental remedy for insomnia.
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Akira Mizuno (Professor of Toyohashi University of Technology)
As a solution to air pollution and infection issues, Professor Mizuno proposed a solution that uses core technologies (plasma and static electricity) to create visualizations of fine particles, bacteria, and viruses to identify routes of infection, thereby providing comprehensive countermeasures for infections that ensure appropriate defense and attack against the targeted sources. Through the proposal, Mizuno aims to sell consumer products like masks to business-to-consumer (B to C) companies, and to provide solutions combining visualization, defense, and attack capabilities to business-to-business (B to B) companies (e.g. public transportation agencies, nursery schools, schools, care facilities, and hospitals).
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About mentoring by MRI scientists with expert knowledge in the various fields, cash award and supplementary awards.
About the competition procedure and criteria for participation.
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.