AI, robotics, and distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain promise to revolutionize American society through increased efficiency and transparency. And as a digital transformation leader, Hitachi is committed to harnessing the potential of these technologies across many sectors of the economy so that their benefits can be enjoyed by all segments of society. As such, we support policies that foster innovation, support open research, and direct greater investment in these groundbreaking technologies. We are also advocating for deeper collaboration between industry, academia, and the federal government. We are proud to continue making advances in these technologies, and we urge policymakers to adopt pro-innovation polices that will allow the U.S. to remain at the forefront of these fields.
If the United States is to remain the leading force in the global market, we must make a sustained investment in a modern, broad-based infrastructure system. The country’s ageing water, transportation, energy, and broadband networks are crippling American commerce and must be collectively addressed by both the public and private sectors.
We recognize that re-envisioning and then rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure will be a monumental task, and we are committed to facilitating constructive policy discussions between local, state, and federal stakeholders. A comprehensive infrastructure package is needed to preserve the American innovation ecosystem, and we want to help position this country to take advantage of the advanced technology systems undergirding new infrastructure projects. Towards that end, we are urging policymakers to consider and pursue all available forms of funding. This includes everything from public private partnerships, state and local bonds, federal grants, and financing support.
Hitachi creates novel technologies with the sincere aim of transforming society for the better. The collection and utilization of data is central to that aim, and we recognize that the digital transformation we are driving cannot come at the expense of an individual’s privacy. Privacy and data protection dictate our design and development process, and we adhere to rigorous privacy protection standards that prioritize the individual while facilitating the healthy flow of useable data.
We are committed to engaging with governments at every level to preserve the free flow of data across borders and promote data-guided innovation. This country is on the cusp of a new digital era, and companies should have the flexibility to keep pace with technological change and data-processing innovations. By adhering to industry-set guidelines rather than rigid regulations that could inadvertently weaken privacy protections for Americans, we are better positioned to protect evolving privacy vulnerabilities.
As drivers of American innovation, we feel a profound sense of responsibility for the economic and social changes that our technologies inspire. The future of work is evolving rapidly and technical talent is needed to not only meet today’s workforce demands, but to also increase economic opportunity by creating the industries of tomorrow. We support legislation that promotes vocational and technical skills training, and we advocate for enhanced STEM education programs to give young Americans of all backgrounds the technical tools to compete in the global economy.
At Hitachi, we also believe that diversity of thought, beliefs, and backgrounds should be prized and protected. Our vision for a more prosperous future is colored by our more than 305,000 employees worldwide. This diverse workforce makes our creativity richer and our initiatives bolder, and just as we as a company are made better by a diverse and inclusive culture, so too is the United States.
As a globally engaged company committed to realizing a more prosperous and sustainable society, we promote trade policies that foster deeper economic integration between nations and regions. Foreign markets should be open to American ingenuity, and U.S. firms deserve the opportunity to compete abroad on a level playing field. International commerce depends on predictability and stability, and U.S. trade policy should reaffirm the efficacy of the rules-based global trading system. Towards that end, the United States should take up the mantle of free trade and push for lower tariffs, the elimination of non-tariff barriers, the enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights, and the free flow of data across borders. As globalization continues apace, a robust free trade outlook will be needed to ensure that Americans can enjoy its benefits.
For decades, we have made critical contributions to American healthcare fueled by the belief that a healthy population is central to building a more sustainable society. Through medical devices such as diagnostic and particle beam therapy (PBT) equipment, we have introduced potentially life-saving alternatives for patients. Today, we are also unlocking efficiencies in both diagnosis and treatment through the deployment of medical IT and AI technologies. At Hitachi, community is more than a convenient talking point. It forms the foundation of our company identity and inspires our patient-first approach to technology development and advocacy. We champion policies that will expand investment in cutting-edge healthcare solutions, accelerate their adoption, and increase patient access.