Japan Innovation Network (JIN) is an accelerator challenging the widely held belief that large companies cannot be innovative and thus make Japan “Innovation Nation” once again. JIN was established in July 2013 primarily by members of the Frontier HR Research Committee* of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to implement the research committee’s proposal to adopt a “two-layered management” system, that pursues both efficiency and creativity. The committee conducted research on the best innovation practices in industries, governments, and academia around the world in order to present Japanese companies with a new direction for management reform. JIN aims to help create100 innovative companies as a first step toward transforming Japan into “Innovation Nation.”

*The Frontier HR Research Committee, chaired by Kunitake Ando, Chairman of the University of Nagano and former president of Sony Corporation, engaged in activities focusing on the development of innovative human resources for three years from 2011 to 2013.


Name of organization Japan Innovation Network (JIN)
Chairperson Nobu Konno
CEO Hiro Nishiguchi
Established July 2013
Major activities
  1. Advocation of innovation management including hosting Innovation 100 Committee
  2. Innovation Management System Acceleration Program (IMSAP)
  3. Innovation acceleration including order-made acceleration support for individual companies
  4. Operation of innovation platforms including SDGs Holistic Innovation Platform (SHIP)
Address Imperial Hotel Tower 8F, 1-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100‒0011, JapanACCESS PDF(PDF:1.4MB)