Artificial Intelligence technology is already having a great impact in many areas, especially including themanufacturing sector. The integration of AI with advanced manufacturing technologies and systems makes it possibleto exploit the full potential in the manufacturing industry by achieving a higher level of adaptability, efficiencyand robustness. At the same, such systems will be human centric and promote the inclusion and cooperation withhumans during planning and execution which can help to improve the quality of products and processes. Boththe EU and Japan have recognised these new development trends and their importance. In order to widely deploythese technologies, special attention is given to international cooperation and exchange of knowledge betweenEU and Japan for AI-driven innovation in manufacturing. The EU-Japan.AI project is responding to this need byimplementing a platform-based approach to connect all the relevant stakeholders from EU and Japan working on AIapplications for manufacturing. This platform, beside other tools, will include an open-information hub, encouragingthe exchange of information on the respective research programmes and technological results. This will be supportedby distribution of topic relevant materials, information on upcoming events and matchmaking opportunities andtwinning activities to establish a vibrant and connected network at the heart of the platform, where a community ofpractice approach will facilitate the cooperation of all the participants. Convergence workshops will help to establishhow research and innovation projects should address AI for manufacturing, the needs and requirements for AI fromthe point of manufacturers’ view as well as to address current needs and future requirements. Overall, the projectaims to establish, stimulate and support a long-term cooperation between the participants, by connecting them via theproject’s platform and by using modern, online-driven awareness approaches.