Society 5.0: the shift from technology first to human first

Yuko Harayama, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University, Former Executive Member Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, Japan

“A human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that highly integrates cyberspace and physical space” – Society 5.0 was proposed in the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan as a future society that Japan should aspire too. It follows the hunting society (Society 1.0), agricultural society (Society 2.0), industrial society (Society 3.0) and information society (Society 4.0). Dr Yuko Harayama, one of the initiators of Society 5.0, is a former Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan. She is also the former Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD. Previously, she was a Professor in the Department of Management Science and Technology at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University. She holds a Ph.D. in Education Sciences and a Ph.D. in Economics, both from the University of Geneva.