This article presents the results of a survey of the standardization activities of companies and others in 2020. This survey focuses on the standardization activities of companies, the factors affecting their technical characteristics, and the need for standardization. In other words, this survey is not aimed at drafting specific standards for individual technologies. The survey targets companies and others in Japan and covers 10 industry categories, including the manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries. Sector-specific information is obtained on the standardization activities. Additionally, in this survey, the research and development (R&D) expenditures are divided into seven tiers and the differences are investigated. The survey also examines the types of standardization activities undertaken and the reasons for not undertaking standardization activities. Moreover, to see the relationship between the need for standardization and technological characteristics, technology for which standardization is required in advanced technological fields (artificial intelligence and quantum computing) is investigated.

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  • Japan