Recommended Readings

US-Japan Internet Economy Industry Forum 2014 Joint Statement

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren) issued a joint statement on the occasion of the convening in Tokyo of the 5th US-Japan Internet Economy Dialogue.  Key recommendations included 1) cooperation on preserving an open Internet through support for the multistakeholder process; 2) measures to protect

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ACCJ Releases Series of 2014 Viewpoints on Future of Japan’s Internet Economy

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) has released a series of Viewpoints on the challenges facing Japan and the Abe administration in developing a world class Internet Economy.  The Viewpoints update the ACCJ’s groundbreaking White Paper on Japan’s Internet Economy released in 2009.   The KICIS research team was closely involved in the

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2013 GOJ Declaration to be World’s Most Advanced IT Nation

This plan was released in June 2013 and lays out the Abe administration’s vision for promoting greater utilization of Internet technologies in government and industry.  Top priorities included disaster preparedness, greater use of IT in delivering government services including education and healthcare, reliance on IT technologies to revitalize and reform agriculture and improvement of government IT procurement practices under the leadership of the newly named CIO.  The plan will guide government budget priorities through 2020.

Abe Administration IT Strategy

2013 US-Japan Internet Economy Industry Forum Joint Statement

This report was prepared as a set for joint US-Japan private sector recommendation for the US-Japan Internet Economy Dialogue schedule for October 2013.   The meeting was postponed due to the US government shutdown.   The report contains recommendations on steps to maintain an open and transparent Internet; rules for cross-border data flows; cooperation between the US and Japan CIOs; guarding Internet safety; and accelerating cloud enterprise.

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BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard 2013

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) gives Japan top marks for its cloud-computing friendly business environment.  The study compares Japan with 24 other nations on criteria, such as data privacy, security, cyber crime and intellectual property.   While the ICT business environment is quite positive, we see many challenges ahead for Japan in maintaining its leadership position.   The BSA positive evaluation also contrasts with the lower ranking that Japan receives in the 2013 World Economic Forum Global Technology Report, where it received a 21st place ranking — down from 18 the previous year.


2012 ACCJ-Keidanren Cloud Computing Working Group Report

This report was produced in 2012 by special working group on Cloud Computing comprised of member companies of Keidanren and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) drawn from the top ICT firms operating in Japan.  The report offers special recommendations for action by the US and Japanese governments in the areas of privacy, information security, digital content, interoperability and ICT regulatory reform.

2012 ACCJ-Keidanren Cloud Computing Working Group Report