“My heart from the Silk Road country Uzbekistan” This past July I made my first business trip in three years to the SilkRoad country of Uzbekistan in Central Asia.Since my private visit to Uzbekistan in 2014, friendship between Japanand Uzbekistan has been one of my life's work.I have many friends in Uzbekistan.Uzbekistan is one of the most pro-Japan countries in the world.However, 95% of Japanese do not know about Uzbekistan.Uzbekistan is a former Soviet Union country that gained independence in 1991.The Soviet Union forcibly took 650,000 prisoners of war from thedefeated Japanese army in World War II.At the same time, 25,000 Japanese POWs were forcibly taken toUzbekistan, creating a lot […]
In Japan, where the birthrate continues to decline, the number of petsexceeds the number of children. As of April 1, 2021, there were 14.93million children under the age of 15, but the total number of dogs andcats kept in 2021 was much higher at 16.05 million. With the increase in telecommuting and suburban migration due to theCorona pandemic, the demand for pets has skyrocketed. Pet tech, a newservice that utilizes digital technology to help pets live comfortablyas members of the family, is attracting attention.Japan’s pet tech market is expected to grow from USD 82.1 billion in FY2018 to USD 603.6 billion in FY 2023, with a CAGR of 47%. In […]
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"Visualized" happiness There is no end to the debate about "happiness" in the east and west.After all, I found an interesting article if I thought that the definition of "happiness" was different for each person and that each person would decide for himself and herself.Hitachi, Ltd., one of Japan's leading IT companies, is said to be operating a subsidiary that aims to commercialize technology for measuring happiness and support corporate management activities.The subsidiary's app uses accelerometers on smartphones and wearable terminals to measure unconscious physical activity and quantitatively measure a person's sense of well-being. It is said that the measured data will be used to create an organization for employees […]
One month flew by since the year 2022 began.Since the beginning of the year, I drive my car more often.Last year, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and have to undergo radiation therapy, so I have to take her to and from the hospital every now and then. I drive along the national highway towards Tokyo to get to a hospital specializing in cancer treatment. There are a lot of traffic all the time.There are many large delivery trucks, and as I only drive around my home neighborhood, I found it inconvenient.So I decide to avoid the national road and take a loop route. The national road is straight and […]
The Institute of Digital Government at Waseda University in Japan, in cooperation with the International Academy of CIO (IAC) has released the 16th Waseda IAC World Digital Government Rankings Survey 2021, which marks digital transformation in 64 countries/economies.For more information, please click here.
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Holding time Dec. 9, 2021 Holding place Zoom Webinar Holding result In a global society including Japan, we are facing the challenge of transforming ourselves into a new social economy that makes full use of digital technology during COCID-19 pandemic. In Asian countries, IT policies and projects for the new normal are being promoted. In order to mutually understand its developments and to share such IT expertise among Asian countries, CICC held a conference on "National Digital Policies and Projects in the New Normal Era" on December 9, 2021, connecting 9 countries online. In addition to Japan, 6 South East Asian countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam) […]
A National Private ID Card Let me start off with a casual query. If you encounter a promotional program, run by the Government, that offers cashback worth of lunch-meal for five-to-ten-days period and that with no obligation associated, would you be willing to apply for it?Myself being a “nothing-is-free” believer, I would NOT immediately leap at such chance but rather wait and see if any unexpected situation arises, even though such promotion is run by the Government.Well, observing the penetration progress made thus far on the National ID Card (An Individual Number Card called “My Number Card”) in Japan, I found myself not being left behind but many others think […]