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 2 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

  • Unequal educational opportunities from birth

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

Issues to be tackled

  • Provide opportunities and places of education and learning for all children

Examples of innovation

  • Promoting remote learning
    - Learning support services for students from primary to high schools enabled by EdTech
    - Quality higher education provided through MOOC (massive open online courses), which is unaffected by location or the financial status of students
    - Educational support tools enabled with VR / AR technologies
  • Providing learning support based on the student’s level of proficiency
    - Adaptive Learning

Innovation in lifelong learning for career expansion

Social problem

  • Lack of opportunities for recurrent education

    Our longer lifespans compared to the past demands a shift from the typical life plan - of learning at school, working for a company, and spending many years in retirement - to a wider variety of 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

  • Provide continuous opportunities and places for learning suited for the modern era

Examples of innovation

  • ICT-based lifelong learning
    - Create lifelong learning platforms
    - Applications for learning specialized knowledge utilizing spare time
  • Matching of enterprises and individuals
    - Matching system to connect re-educated individuals with new job opportunities (enterprises and NPOs)
  • Promoting recurrent education
    - Reward system for enterprises that provide recurrent education or that hires re-educated individuals

Past Winners

  • 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

You can find out about the benefits for competition participants, the screening process and the schedule.


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.