“Japan is committed to achieving sustainable growth and becoming a pioneer in the establishment of a new social model. We call this Society 5.0, Japan’s vision for the next step in human evolution.”

The Government Of Japan


The term Society 5.0, originating from the Japanese Government, is the next evolution after the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0. Below is a nice graphic explaining the stages of development along the road to Society 5.0.

The Road to Society 5.0 graphic – Source The Government of Japan website PDF

So what is Society 5.0?

Society 5.0 first gained widespread coverage at the CeBIT 2017 computer fair in Hannover, Germany, when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined the Society 5.0 vision. 

Society 5.0 is a super-smart society that leverages technology to achieve economic advancement and solve people’s problems. This involves recognising that there is a limit to what people can do and that humans can live better lives by benefiting from the latest technological tools.

This is all about how to resolve social challenges by incorporating the innovations of the fourth industrial revolution (e.g. IoT, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), robot, and the sharing economy) into every industry and aspect of social life.

By doing this the society of the future will be one focused on adding value and continuously evolving, to make people’s lives more comfortable and sustainable.

Below is a short video about Society 5.0 produced by the Government of Japan.

Last year I wrote about Society 5.0, which is the more connected world. I also write, along with many others, about the current shift in world consciousness as an awakening to the 5th-dimensional reality, which I dream of as a Society 6.0.

This is a new world, empowered by an uprising against injustice and inequality. A shift from ego and lack of integrity, to follow our heart, connect, and genuinely care about other people.  Driven by a purpose to be of service to the world, Society 6.0 could be a next level, more connected world that does not have struggles. Time is no longer important as we have a connection to all. Driven by love and real human connections, 6.0 can exist for some people now, at the same time as others live in the 4.0 and 5.0 world of struggle.

Society 6.0 has a similar feel to the outcome of the afterlife video above.  We have a feeling of inner trust, the true freedom of total and complete acceptance, and the ability to let go of the need to control things.  We let go of any time pressure and become fully present in the now, the only time that exists.

This has often been my experience during the world turmoil, to stay aware.  While I do still get triggered with anxiety which I see as a normal emotion that empowers the release and healing of emotional triggers, to become more aware and to grow.  Through this process I surrender to the knowing that nothing is an accident and that I am given what I need, when I need it.  Through the power of synchronicity and the support of nature, the universe is always conspiring to give me what I need, not necessarily what I desire. This process has been accelerated in April and May 2020 with the lockdown in NZ.

Which is part of the expansion and shifting world we could call Society 6.0.

This is an inspiring vision that the Government of Japan has presented, and I hope that New Zealand can also focus more on technology to help to solve some of the challenges of our ongoing growth.

I have made a submission about Society 5.0 to the New Zealand Productivity Commission. We can all live in hope that our Government in NZ can also focus on how technology can indeed transform lives and enhance prosperity and growth.