Policy Priorities
The multi-sectoral shift towards digitalization is fundamentally reordering the relationship between humans, physical assets, and data. Our Government Relations team works closely with federal lawmakers to promote public policies that will not only fuel digital innovation but also prioritize safety, privacy, security, and sustainability. We are urging the United States government to construct a policy framework that encourages greater digital investment and realizes increased connectivity, public-private partnerships (PPP), enhanced cybersecurity, and resilient and reliable modern infrastructure.

The Government Relations team also organizes and leads Hitachi’s policy working groups, which consist of subject matter experts across the Hitachi Group. These working groups meet regularly to share knowledge and information to help inform Hitachi’s position on the below topics, allowing the company to give a strong and unified message when interacting with the government at all levels.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a transformative tool with the potential to unlock new commercial opportunities and higher levels of human potential. As a global leader in this rapidly evolving field, Hitachi is committed to ensuring that AI systems are developed and deployed responsibly. Hitachi engages with policymakers in the federal government and with international standards setting bodies to ensure that the nation’s AI policy framework remains flexible and drives innovation, promotes transparency and trustworthiness, and encourages greater inclusivity and accessibility. While the federal government can accelerate the widespread adoption of responsible AI by creating an open research environment and increasing R&D investment, it is also incumbent on cutting-edge technology companies like Hitachi to provide policymakers with industry insight into areas that may warrant closer oversight. Ethical AI is our aim.

Towards that end, the Government Relations team collaborated across Hitachi Group companies to publish a set of AI Principles that will help our company and U.S. policymakers develop and deploy AI systems that are trustworthy, explainable and free from algorithmic bias.

Data and Privacy

Hitachi creates novel technologies to transform society for the better and improve peoples’ quality of life. The collection and utilization of data is central to that aim, and 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 usable 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. 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.

Sustainable Energy

Hitachi is dedicated to realizing a sustainable energy future that is equitable, affordable, and secure. In addition to championing increased government R&D investment in advanced fuels and promising nuclear reactor technologies like Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), we are promoting an American energy policy framework centered on grid innovation. A smarter, greener, more resilient power grid is required for the carbon-neutral ecosystem the country is moving towards. To achieve this, the federal government should streamline regulations to promote advanced energy deployment and make use of advanced transmission technologies and non-wires alternatives (NWAs) in grid modernization. We are also encouraging policy makers to accelerate the electrification of the nation’s transportation system, establish a framework to upgrade the transmission infrastructure, and promote energy efficiency.


Climate change poses a global, existential threat that requires public and private sector cooperation to combat. At Hitachi, we are working with stakeholders at all levels of American government to identify areas where our Social Innovation Business technologies might help mitigate the effects of climate change and expedite the country’s transition to a decarbonized society. In 2020, we announced “Hitachi Carbon Neutrality 2030,” our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality at Hitachi Group business sites by FY 2030. Read our latest Sustainability Report to learn more about what we’re doing.

Infrastructure System

The United States must make a sustained investment in a modern, broad-based infrastructure system to remain a leading force in the global market. The passing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in 2021 was a monumental step forward in addressing the country’s aging water, transportation, energy, and broadband networks. Alongside this, we are urging policymakers to consider digitalization as an important part of overhauling the country’s infrastructure to make it more efficient and sustainable. We recognize that re-envisioning and then rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure is a monumental task, and we are committed to facilitating constructive policy discussions between local, state, and federal stakeholders.

Mobility solutions

Hitachi’s transportation and mobility solutions are helping drive an American mobility revolution, but public policies must be designed to fully unleash private sector innovation and support a modern mobility ecosystem that is sustainable, connected, and equitable. As the United States moves towards a future where Autonomous Vehicle (AV) systems, Electric Vehicle (EV) technologies, and high-speed rail are becoming policy priorities, we are calling for more robust federal R&D funding and a realignment of regulations crafted for human-piloted, combustible engine vehicles. We are also advocating for broader use of federal capital grants so transit authorities can provide safer and more affordable and efficient services through predictive/preventable maintenance, data analysis for trains and rail systems, station upgrades for cashless/touchless entry solutions, positive train control, and autonomous systems for freight and transit lines.

Technologies Driving Digital Transformation

Advanced robotics, Quantum Computing, and distributed ledger technologies such as Blockchain promise to revolutionize American society through increased efficiency and transparency. As a digital transformation leader, Hitachi is committed to harnessing the potential of these technologies across many sectors of the economy so that the benefits can be enjoyed by all segments of society. 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.

Trade Policies

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.

Workforce Of The Future

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 both federal and state 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 workforce of over 300,000 employees worldwide 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.