Major Japanese Electronics Makers to Treble Number of IT Engineers

Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)--Hitachi Ltd. <6501> and three other major Japanese electronics makers plan to treble their total number of engineers for cutting-edge information technology to 6,500 by fiscal 2021, which ends in March 2022, a Jiji Press survey found Tuesday.

Three others, including Mitsubishi Electric Corp. <6503>, have also produced or are considering plans to nurture such engineers.

Working with outsiders such as universities, these companies will promote the development of human resources with knowledge needed for the use of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and big data.

Japan is likely to suffer a shortage of 48,000 advanced IT engineers in calendar 2020 who can analyze massive data using AI for solutions to social problems and new business creations, according to the industry ministry.

Hitachi will increase its number of data analysis experts from the current 700 to 3,000 by fiscal 2021, according to the survey. The company plans to introduce an internal certification system and prepare opportunities for Japanese and overseas researchers in AI and other advanced technologies and workers to lead the use of the technologies for business projects to share information and exchange advice.

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