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Tuesday, November 22 2022 - 05:59
An Upgraded ESG Technology Alliance Drives Changes in Digital Governance across ASEAN
TAIPEI, Nov. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- Taiwan and Japan take technological exchanges a step further 

Geopolitical tensions in the Asia-Pacific region have triggered a crisis in 
global supply chains. Taiwan and Japan have recently expanded their 
collaborative efforts and exchanges in the technology field. Both markets share 
the characteristics of interdependence and complementarity. Thus, the two 
regions have close partnerships, especially in foresight technology and 
economic and trade cooperation. With flourishing governmental and civil 
exchanges, Taiwan-Japan collaborations continue to thrive.

Sunrisemedium, a Taiwanese digital media outlet, and Startup Island TAIWAN, a 
public sector start-up brand, organized the ESG Opportunity Matchmaking and 
Exchange Forum for Taiwan-Japan in November of this year, to which they invited 
9 major technology start-ups from Taiwan and Japan to discuss the opportunities 
for cooperation between the two regions in the ESG field. The forum focused on 
joint efforts to enter the ASEAN market with solutions and collaborative 
approaches in three dimensions: digital transformation, environmental 
sustainability and intelligent infrastructure. The participating technology 
start-ups from Japan include QUANDO, zeroboard and VACAN. Taiwan's 
participating companies include Wishing-Soft, Sustaihub, Dawoko, Canopy Impact 
Investment, Blutech and TMY Technology.

Representatives from Taiwan and Japan reached consensus on three important 
topics that are key in accelerating regional integration and achieving the goal 
of carbon neutrality by 2050:

1. The relationship between Taiwan and Japan evolves from trusted partners to a 
regional ESG technology alliance: Jointly capturing the Asia-Pacific market 
requires one to two years of resource coordination and planning, and needs to 
drive a collective supply chain upgrade for ASEAN members

2. Taiwanese and Japanese companies jointly promote ESG with altruism as the 
core: Companies in the two regions serve as models for and drivers of the 
digital infrastructure and circular economy ecosystem in the Asia-Pacific 
region. One assists others to maximize their business value.

3. Taiwan and Japan accelerate the sharing of their experience in the 
application of AI in both regions: Taiwan and Japan have similar population 
aging processes, lifestyles and educational systems. As such, this dramatically 
shortens the journey of AI machine learning.

With the synergy of assistance, complementarity and reciprocity, Taiwan and 
Japan have initiated 9 key paths to industrial transformation. The 9 key paths 
include heavy industry, manufacturing, energy, construction, transportation, 
information and communications, low-orbiting satellites, agriculture, livestock 
and life services. The forum focused on three key themes in line with the ESG 

1. Digital transformation overcomes human limitations and successfully drives 
business decisions:

QUANDO's remote collaboration platform accelerates the transformation of aging 
industrial facilities;
Wishing-Soft's SaaS dramatically reduces ESH (Environmental, Safety and Health) 
risks; and
Sustaihub's AI technologies optimize ESG decisions.
2. Carbon reduction, the circular economy and local entrepreneurship nurture 
environmentally sustainable supply chains:

zeroboard's cloud services for the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions help 
companies decarbonize;
Dawoko's forestry circular economy connects 30 companies to help create a new 
model for living responsibly; and
 Canopy Impact Investment's integration platform empowers new ventures in 
agriculture and food to expand the impact of their ESG paths.
3. Smart infrastructure facilitates digital governance in public and private 

VACAN's AI-based platform, which detects space that is not being used such as 
empty seats in restaurants and empty spaces in parking lots, maximizes space 
utilization and can be repurposed to meet emergency relief needs;
Blutech's wireless sensing technology overcomes limitations of field management 
such as physical wiring; and
TMYTEK uses 5G and satellite communication technologies to build the data 
transmission and communications foundation for a smart city. 
Taiwan-Japan exchanges and cooperation are just around the corner. The two 
goals for 2023 are:

1. Leverage Taiwan's strength in executing proofs of concept (PoCs): 
Collaborating on the plans for the Japanese supply chain market, and 
establishing a presence in the Asia-Pacific, European and American markets

2. Connect Taiwan's and Japan's supply chain data: Sharing the digital build of 
software and hardware to reverse the renewable energy deficit in the 
Asia-Pacific region

Japan, as a leader in the circular economy, is the first G7 country to consider 
ESG when making decisions concerning investment in foreign exchange reserves in 
2021. In addition, Japan has put in place policies on digital governance and 
boosted the transformation of local traditional industries. All the efforts 
eventually make the society be prepared to enter the aging society with AI 
applications. These policies and their applications will influence digital 
development across all ASEAN countries. Taiwan, as the invisible driver of the 
global technology supply chain, will continue to support the R&D and 
applications of Japanese partners. Furthermore, Taiwan is also developing 
flexible international co-creation models. Taiwanese innovation teams are able 
to empower Japanese counterparts to deliver more comprehensive and sustainable 
services to ASEAN members. Resource integration will be the focus of 
Taiwan-Japan exchanges in 2023. Sunrisemedium and Startup Island TAIWAN will 
match the ESG resources of more Taiwanese and Japanese companies and create 
cross-country clustering benefits in Asia-Pacific supply chains.

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   Caption: The participating companies of ESG Opportunity Matchmaking and 
Exchange Forum for Taiwan-Japan Innovation Community