Japan

Big Data and Economic Growth

Author: Sadayasu Senju The Abe administration under the banner of “Abenomics” is aiming for Japan to be the most advanced IT nation by 2020. The government announced its strategy in 2013, locating a set of IT reforms and policies under the third “arrow” of its economic strategy, which focuses on steps to promote economic growth.

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Thinking about Education and ICT

First of all, what is ICT? ICT is information and communications technology that is used in devices like PCs and networks like the Internet to process information, package and send it, and store it. From about the start of the decade of the 2000s, Japan put forward it e-Japan strategy, focused on making Japan the

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Japan’s New National Identification Number

From October of this year, a national identification number will be introduced in Japan. And from 2016, Japanese citizens must use this number to receive and contribute to national pensions, to get a child-care allowance, and pay their taxes. The national identification number is very useful system because the government can track the provision of

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The Future of ICT Education in Japan

As a student interested in Japan’s educational policies, the first thing I automatically when the government came out with its new ICT strategy was scroll down to page 88 and look at the Abe’s administration’s 10 page plan on “IT education system. My initial reaction? Taken aback and pleasantly surprised. I was aware that Abe

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The Internet and Regional Development in Japan

A few years ago, I read an article which argued that Japan will again become a developing nation by 2050 unless the government gets to work solving Japan’s problems, including the constant threat from natural disasters, the disparity of wealth between the city and the countryside, and the declining birthrate and aging population. From my

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National ID System and Cybersecurity

This year in October, the “my number” or national ID system will be introduced in Japan and from January 2015, its use will be required.Before that, however, some legal changes are required to prevent illegal access and use of national IDs and to build public awareness about the advantages of the system and the precaution that they need

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