The 74th session of the Council for Science and Technology Policy was held at the Prime Minister's Office on April 10, 2008.
During the session, Prime Minister Fukuda observed that, “In order for Japan to achieve sustainable economic growth amid intensified international competition, the development of technologies unsurpassed by other countries is indispensable. We need to discover technology with high potential that will help strengthen Japan’s competitiveness and build a new framework to promote the development of such technology. I would like you to work tirelessly in amassing views on the creation of an environment conducive to the steady production of innovative technology. I would like to position the Strategy for Technological Innovation as the core of our economic growth strategy.” Prime Minister Fukuda further stated that, “I believe that technology essentially determines whether or not we can achieve our goal of cutting global greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2050. Regarding the Low Carbon Technology Plan, it is important to enhance and disseminate technology in the short term and to promote the development of innovative technology that enables drastic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions in the mid- to long-term. At the same time, international expansion of Japanese technology is also significant. I would like you all to capitalize on the wisdom of all concerned and continue your efforts to compile a final plan that will enable Japan to lead the world in the field of environment and energy.”
During the session, in regards to the “Strategy for Technological Innovation” and the “Low Carbon Technology Plan,” which Prime Minister Fukuda referred to in his annual policy speech and issued instructions mandating the continuation of the examinations of at the 73rd session in January, a report was made concerning the interim report, the final version of which is sought for compilation in May, and opinions were exchanged thereon.
Furthermore, semiconductor technology (multicore processor technology) was introduced as fundamental energy-saving technology for the information-explosion era.