Please be noted that our office will be closed from 29th December,2022 to 3rd January, 2023, for the New Year holidays.
The voice recognition systems have become popular. I put "Alexa" at mybedside and every night I ask her by voice what time to wake me up thenext morning. When I first experienced voice recognition, I was surprised anddelighted, as if a fairy tale had come true. Still, I didn't ask sillyquestions like "Who is the most beautiful woman in the world?" The latest AI analyzes not only human voices but also various sounds.AI has made sounds visible to people with hearing impaired. JR East launched the test operation at Ueno Station, a commuter hub inTokyo.I also use Ueno station for my commute. So, I saw what it is reallylike. AI […]
The Institute of Digital Government at Waseda University Tokyo, in cooperation with the InternationalAcademy of CIO (IAC) has released the results of its World Digital Government Rankings for 2022.This report represents the 17th consecutive year of monitoring and surveying worldwide digitalgovernment development in 64 countries. Click here
Holding time Oct. 12, 2022 Holding place JW Marriott Hanoi Holding result CICC and MIC (Viet Nam) co-hosted a joint seminar, after three years absence due to COVID-19 pandemic, in Viet Nam/Hanoi on12th October, 2022 under the theme of “Viet Nam-Japan DX Forum on Inclusive Digital Society”. The forum started off with opening remarks by MIC Deputy minister, H.E. Nguyen Huy Dung and by Mr. Koichiro URABE of CICC, and with VIP greetings from Mr. Matsumoto of Embassy of Japan in Viet Nam followed by keynote speeches from MIC (Viet Nam), MIC(Japan), Digital Agency (Japan), and by presentations from IT firms from both countries (4 from Japan and 3 from […]
“Autumn is Around the Corner!” After consecutive brutal heat and humid days (in the 40s with 85%-90%)during this summer season in Japan, another great season to enjoy thenature is around the corner. Yes, “Autumn”.Would assume that Spring season is being well-recognized by peopleworldwide as the best timing to enjoy pink-colored “cherry blossoms”,meanwhile Autumn is another one to enjoy nature of green colored leavesturning into red-and-yellow-in-various-gradations of “Ko-Yo”(Autumnfoliage, if you will) and to enjoy “Momiji-Gari” activities.The Japanese word of “Momiji-Gari” or, "autumn-leaves hunting," cantranslate literally to maple-leaves-hunting. It refers to the activityof viewing the red-and-yellow painted trees while strolling aroundfields through the crisp & fresh autumn air. Mountains are dyed inbeautiful […]
“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 […]
Please note that our office will be closed from April 29th to May 8th, 2022for the "Golden Week" holidays in Japan.We are sorry for any inconvenience that may be caused to you.
"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 […]