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Japan’s Electronics Makers Unveil a Future Shaped by the Internet of ThingsŌkawara Katsuyuki

CEATEC Japan, Asia’s largest IT and electronics trade fair, has shifted its focus to the Internet of Things. The author examines the backdrop to this change and uses the 2016 trade fair as a springboard for analyzing the strategies of Japan’s major electronics firms.
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Timeline for July 2016

The House of Councillors election is held, Emperor Akihito reportedly expresses a wish to abdicate, and cultural phenomenon Pokémon Go is launched in Japan. These are the leading news stories of July 2016.
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The Birth and Evolution of the Internet in JapanMurai Jun

A leading figure of computer science, often called the father of Japan’s Internet, elucidates the development and spread of the Internet in Japan and discusses what the future might hold.
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The Abe Government Grapples with Low IT InvestmentTobias Harris

Since returning to power in December 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has struggled to advance the so-called “third arrow” of Abenomics, which includes both structural reforms to transform the Japanese economy and an industrial policy that uses state power to foster new industries. Perhaps the tip of that arrow—and a key to its advancement—is information technology policy. In fact, as Abe’…
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Charting the Future with Big DataAtaka Kazuto

What exactly is big data and how can it be used to maximum advantage? Yahoo Japan Chief Strategy Officer Ataka Kazuto describes the domains where big data holds the greatest promise and identifies hurdles in Japan hindering its fuller utilization.
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The Future of the Japanese Smartphone Market Following the Docomo iPhoneIshikawa Tsutsumu

NTT Docomo lagged far behind Softbank Mobile and KDDI in releasing Apple’s popular iPhone. How is this decision likely to affect the broader market?
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Corporate Executives Need to Engage with IT IssuesOno Ryuji

In my last article I looked at the tasks facing those in the position of chief information officer. When the CIO position does not function effectively, however, the issue boils down to a problem of management, not the individual ability of the CIO.  And when it comes to information technology issues, company executives tend to have little to say apart from asking whether things might be done in …
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What is the Role of a Chief Information Officer?Ono Ryuji

More than half of Japan’s listed companies today have an executive whose title is Chief Information Officer. But CIOs have not lived up to the requirements of the title, failing to adequately serve other company executives and those outside IT departments, as I explained in my previous article. Even though CIOs have authority over the management and implementation of large-scale IT budgets, their …
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The Diminishing Returns of Information TechnologyOno Ryuji

Over the past two decades, the IT industry in Japan has put forth bold slogans promising that IT can be used to create a competitive advantage and generate innovation—and it continues to adhere to this approach. But is this actually realistic? This is what many businesspersons outside the IT industry seem to be wondering. And even some of us within the industry share this doubt.  To be fair, I…
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Steve Jobs and JapanHayashi Nobuyuki

Apple founder and CEO extraordinaire Steve Jobs had a close relationship to Japan. Hayashi Nobuyuki, an IT journalist who has written about Steve Jobs and Apple for many years, traces the course of Jobs’s links with Japan, dating from his first interest in Zen as a young man.
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