Policy makers, regulators, industry and stakeholders from Japan and the EU will share their vision towards 6G and discuss the related research and standardization activities.

With a successful path of standardization for 5G and 5G - Advanced now defined by the 3GPP and a large number of users and businesses around the world already benefiting from 5G near-real-time low-latency and high-bandwidth connectivity and from a variety of 5G – enabled vertical applications (in Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, eHealth, etc.), the time is now right to focus on beyond 5G.

Following the successful EU-Japan Webinar on Beyond 5G held on May 19, 2021, this workshop will be co-chaired by the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (EC DG CONNECT) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication of the Government of Japan (MIC) in January 2022.


This Second EU-Japan workshop on Beyond 5G will provide an update on research and innovation programs launched in the EU and Japan in late 2021 and focus on two specific technology building blocks: Multi-access Edge Computing and Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces. Through the exchanges of information and interactive panel session, it will also aim to tighten the bonds between the ecosystems in the two partner regions.


  • Tonnie de KOSTER, adviser for International Aspects of Digital Transformation, EC DG CONNECT
  • Yutaka KITAGAMI, Deputy Director General for International Economic Affairs, Global Strategy Bureau of MIC

Speakers and Panelists:

  • Colin WILLCOCK, Chair, 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA)
  • Akihiro NAKAO (University of Tokyo), Chairman, Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium International Committee
  • David BOSWARTHICK, Director of New Technologies, ETSI
  • Seizo ONOE, Chief Standardization Strategy Officer, NTT Corp and Fellow, NTT DOCOMO, INC.
  • Hiroyuki ATARASHI, Senior Manager, RAN Development Department, NTT DOCOMO, INC. (Vice-Chairman of ITU-R Study Group 5)
  • Arman SHOJAEIFARD, Chair of ETSI Industry Specification Group on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces
  • Hiromi MATSUNO, PhD, R&D Manager on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces, KDDI Research, Inc.
  • Daisuke MATSUURA, PhD, Manager, Research & Business Development Center, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
  • Dario SABELLA, Chair of ETSI Industry Specification Group on Multi-Access Edge Computing
  • Masaki SUZUKI, PhD, Research Engineer on Multi-Access Edge Computing, KDDI Research
  • Emilio DAVILA – GONZALEZ, Head of Sector ICT Standardization, EC DG CONNECT
  • Marco DI RENZO (Paris Saclay University), Vice Chair of ETSI Industry Specification Group on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces

Moderator of the panel:

  • Stefan KRAMER, First Counsellor at the Delegation of the EU to Japan


  • Opening remarks by the EC DG CONNECT and MIC
  • Update on Beyond 5G Research & Innovation programs in the EU and Japan
    • The EU Smart Network Services Joint Undertaking
    • Beyond 5G Promotion Activities in Japan
  • Standardization of Technology building blocks for 5G Advanced and 6G
    • Building bridges between research and standardization
    • Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RIS)
    • Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC)
  • Panel discussion: EU-Japan cooperation for 5G- Advanced and 6G standards

Time and location

The work shop will be held online between Brussels and Tokyo on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

From 8:30 to 11:00 Brussels time; from 16:30 to 19:00 Tokyo time. 

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