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= FLOW-OF-THE-GAME over IT utilization in sports festivity =

The world of sports is continually changing over the years, and
utilization of information technology (IT) is one of those areas that
have made huge impact onto many of them.
“Hawk-Eye”, for example, is a commonly known IT gear
assisting umpires that made its first official debut in
elite-level-sports event @Hopman Cup Tennis Tournament held at Perth,
Australia back in 2006. Since then, it has widely spread to other
numerous sports like cricket, badminton, rugby-football, volleyball, to
name a few. Even soccer, or association football, known to be the most
conservative-adapter-of-IT-gears throughout its performance, is no
exception any longer. FIFA (Federation International of Football
Association) World Cup 2018, just taken place in Russia, made its very
first attempt for adopting IT gear in refereeing judgements. It is
called “VAR” that stands for Video Assistant Referees. It
surely gave credit to ensure fairness in performances and assisted
referees for making correct judgements, but is it all that matters?
Should we not pay attention to criticism from the other wide of adopting
IT gears to sports?
Criticism that I hear on utilization-of-IT-gear is that it makes
spectating the game more enjoyable with correct referee judgements being
made while for some others it would trigger to gear-down the
flow-of-the-game due to enforced-repeated-reviews. Which side criticism
are you on?
Well, to me, it varies depending on if you are “sporting
yourself” or “enjoy spectating it”. In other words,
amateur sports, like ours, should pursue correct umpiring for fairness
in game, while professional sports should prioritize more onto inspiring
spectators’ excitement through constant and continuous
engagements with least interference of performance reviews.
Accordingly to Wikipedia, Hawk-Eye is defined as a computer system that
visually enables to track trajectory of the ball and display a profile
of its “statistically-most-likely-path” as a moving image.
In other words, it merely provides “virtual reality” and
not “real” moving images, hence, refereeing through human
eyes still is granted as the sole method to recognize facts.
Of course, correct umpiring is of essence in any sports, even more so
in professional sports events, however I would insist that slow-down in
“flow-of-the-game” should NOT be sacrificed. We watch
professional sports event to maximize excitement through its
performance, don’t we? That is why I insist that professional
referee needs to deliver its own judgements weighted more on
flow-of-the-game over strict-scrutiny through utilization of IT gear.

Allow me to pick up one occasion taken place during the World-Cup
Football Tournament held at Mexico in 1986.  
One of the most underhanded goals in World-Cup history was named, Diego
Maradona’s “Hand of God”. It happened in the
quarterfinal up against England, when Argentina’s Diego Maradona
scored one of the game’s greatest goals as well as one of the
most controversial. Watching this game on TV and reviewing the VCR after
the game myself, it was obviously a foul-play hence his goal should have
NOT being granted. Unfortunately, VAR system was not part of the
rulebook at that time. Over three decades has past and today, all
football fans talk about Argentina winning their second Championship
that year and worships Diego Maradona as the greatest player ever exists
while only small criticism on “Maradona’s
Hand-of-God”. I would say that it re-assures impact given to
people’s interests and memories through flow-of-the-game over
correct referee judgement that should have being called.
Away from soccer, let me share another one situated with
“Sumo-wrestling” in Japan. Sumo, as you may know, is a
competitive full-contact wrestling sport where wrestler
(“RIKI-SHI”) attempts to force its opponent out of a
circle-ring (“DOH-HYO”) or into touching ground with
anything other than the sole of his feet. In Sumo, no tie or draw is
ever granted, hence, the referee (“GYO-JI”) is obligated
to declare winner, by all means. Apart from its authenticity, for this
sake, it is known that Sumo was the first professional sport
performance, in Japan, ever introducing “instant-replay”
method to assist making final call of judgements, and that implemented
almost half-a-century ago, back in 1969. Instant-replay, in Sumo, is
solely utilized as substitution-to-live-visuals and that only when any
one of the five DOH-HYO-side judges (“SHIN-PAN”) raise its
hand to declare disagreement to GYO-JI’s call, hence, does never
interfere flow-of-the-match.
With such said, back to my original question casted. Which side of
criticism are you on? Correct game performance with constant
interference for video reviews or looking for excitement in game
performance closing eyes to small foul plays or miss-judgements?? Or, do
you NOT have interest in spectating sports at all??  Hmm…..

Enjoy sports during summer time!!

By Kaoru NISHIMURA(Mr.), a die-hard soccer fan!!

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(1)METI Releases Revision of the Interpretative Guidelines on
Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

(2)Second Round of Certification Issued for the Courses on IT-Skill
Training to Meet the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

(3)METI Establishes Digital Transformation Offices to Promote
Digitalization in METI’s Administrative Procedures

(4)METI Formulates "Contract Guidance on Utilization of AI and Data"

(5)Meeting of the IoT Security Working Group under the IoT Acceleration
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(6)METI and Thai Government Sign the Memorandum of Cooperation in the
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(2)Accelerating the Development of Data Scientists for Further
Expansion ofDigital Solutions

(3)Asian Games in Indonesia: NEC to provide innovative venue ICT solutions,
including network infrastructure and surveillance systems

We often hear the word "safety(Anzen in Japanese) and security
(Anshin in Japanese)” recently.

However, it is said that it has been some time since the breakdown of the
myth that “Japan is a country where we can live in safety and security”.
Events including disasters, crimes, food safety problems, medical mistakes etc.
that threaten our safety and security are increasing.

[IoT for whom?]

In the last issue of this Tokyo Dayori, Ms. Shirakura told about her
lessons learned with JR (railway company). Here is another cautionary
tale from me. My story is about a power company.

[Inconvenience in the convenient modern digital society]

The Japanese Government announced “The New Tourism Nation Promotion
Basic Plan”.[1] in 2012. The plan clearly wrote “Number of visitors to
Japan from other countries will increase to 18 million by 2016”, aiming
at the long-term target of an increase to 25 million by the beginning of 2020.

[Current status of taxi dispatch service in Japan]

After the Rugby World Cup to be held in 2019 towards the Tokyo Olympics
and Paralympic Games in 2020, it is expected that the number of tourists
visiting Japan will reach 40 million. And it seems that improving the
convenience of their transportation will be one of the big issues for
the tourists as well.

Cyber-attacks on companies and others that have recently become popular.
What is pointed out as an increasing background is the existence of
a dark site where "hacking tools" and "personal information" etc. are
being sold.

Thanks for your paying attention to and support for me.

Dear Gentle persons

I am Kazuki Yasui, taking care of Research & Information Division.
This year, we have not so many rainy days so far, but it is said that we
will have terribly hot summer.
This is my 4th " Tokyo Dayori" , and also my final one. I will quit NEC
Corporation soon, and will terminate my assignment for CICC, too. I
appreciate your attention for my "Tokyo Dayori", and support for CICC’s


I live in Kanagawa prefecture next to Tokyo. Yokohama city is the
biggest and most famous city in Kanagawa.

A new School term starts on April 1st in Japan.
I work for PTA(Parent-Teacher Association) activities for the first
time in 10 years in our elementary school.
People say, “Ten years make a short age.”  
To be honest, I felt a little bit worry to restart PTA activities,
because the advent of new technology might make me a deadwood.

I’d like to report that CICC Joint Seminar titled “IT Utilization to Strengthen Economic and Social Infrastructure” in cooperation with Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Cambodia (MPTC) has successfully done at Phnom Penh on 1st February, 2017.

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