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2019/10/07
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.68
[Topic]  "Omotenashi" (hospitality) by IT

Rugby World Cup is going on in Japan now. Matches are held across the
country from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Not only matches but also team camps
are hosted by many Japanese communities where the qualified teams
train and prepare. The Namibia team is camping in Kamitonda, a small
town in Wakayama Prefecture. I know Kamitonda very well because it is
next to my hometown. People in Kamitonda received the Namibian team
with "Omotenashi" - Japanese word for hospitality. (See this article:
https://informante.web.na/namibia-rugby-lands-in-kamitonda/)

Next to Kamitonda is Shirahama town - a well-known place for onsen
(hot spring) and beach resort. Shirahama (or Nanki-Shirahama) is now
offering tourists another kind of Omotenashi with the IoT technology.

Before you visit Shirahama, you register your face photo and credit
card from your smartphone to the cloud-based face recognition system.
This is all you have to do. On arrival at Nanki-Shirahama Airport, you
will see a message "Welcome to Shirahama, Mr/Ms xxxxx!" displayed on a
large LCD screen in the arrival hall. The camera mounted on the LCD
panel recognizes you as you walk out of the exit to the hall.

Then you go to your hotel in Shirahama. Receptionists instantly
recognize you by the face recognition camera and make your check-in
smooth and quick. Inside the hotel, you don't need a key. To unlock
the door of your room, you just turn your face to the camera beside
the door. You may go out and enjoy public hot-spring bath or relax on
the beach without carrying your room key. For shopping and dining, you
can pay just by showing your face. No cash, no cards, no smartphones
are required. You might feel like you are a VIP.  You can see what it
is like at the following site:

https://www.nec.com/en/global/onlinetv/en/face_shirahama.html

I personally experienced this "IoT omotenashi" service several times
when I went back to my hometown this year. At Shirahama Airport
"Welcome, Shiaku san!" is displayed every time I pass the arrival
hall. I bought some foodstuff in a shop and paid by the face
recognition (without cash, without cards, without smartphones). It was
very easy.  Since this is still a trial operation, the hotels and
shops that introduce this service are limited at the moment.  However,
it will expand to the whole town and farther to other cities and
regions in Japan.  I hope this IT-based "omotenashi" will become a new
type of Japanese hospitality for visitors from the world and you will
find more variations next year during Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic
Games.

SHIAKU Hirohiko(Mr.)


<<Topics of Government>>

(1)Smart Mobility Challenge on Service Ideathon in Kyoto
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0913_001.html

(2)Japan - US Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Training for
Indo-Pacific Region Held
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0912_002.html

(3)METI and MIIT to Hold Second Japan-China Joint Public-Private
Seminar on Autonomous Driving
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0828_003.html


<<Topics of Industries and others>>

(1) NEC signs MOU with the World Food Programme (WFP)  for technology
advisory and services
https://www.nec.com/en/press/201908/global_20190828_03.html
 
(2) NEC Provides Energy Storage Solution to SP Group’s
Award-Winning Hybrid Energy Storage Pilot
https://www.nec.com/en/press/201909/global_20190927_02.html
 
(3) First official use of Fujitsu technology to support judging at the
2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships
https://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2019/1002-01.html

(4) Fujitsu Establishes the Fujitsu Group External Advisory Committee
on AI Ethics to Ensure the Safe and Secure Deployment of AI in Society
https://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2019/0930-01.html

(5) Hitachi to Integrate Hitachi Vantara and Hitachi Consulting to
Accelerate Global Expansion of Hitachi's Social Innovation Business
and Digital Growth
http://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2019/09/190918.html


2019/08/07
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.67
[Topic ]

It is less than one year to go until the Olympic and Paralympic
Games Tokyo 2020.



2019/06/13
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.66
In Japan, the employment situation is steadily improving along with
gradual recovery of the economy. On the other hand, the sense of labor
shortages of Japanese companies is gradually increasing.



2019/04/05
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.65
[Spacecraft Hayabusa2 - touchdown on asteroid by "self-driving"]

If you are a reader of this Tokyo Dayori for 10 years or more, you
might remember an essay in its Oct/2010 issue about Hayabusa
spacecraft's returning to Earth after landing on the asteroid Itokawa.



2019/02/04
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.64
[Topic] Let’s Try Online Education

Over 25 years has passed since I graduated from my university.  After
I went out into the world, I did not have enough time to study
something or prepare for some examination.


2018/12/07
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.63
Topic : Traditional Medicines

It started snowing in the north area in Japan and going down in
temperature in Tokyo. Now winter comes.



2018/10/10
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.62
[Topic ]

Title: Support status of accepting interns from Myanmar IT related
universities

According to the survey results released by the Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry(METI) in June 2016, the supply of IT human
resources in Japan were about 919 thousand people and about 171
thousand people were short. In addition, the supply will turn to
decrease with peak of 2020, and it is maintained at about 923 thousand
in 2020, but METI estimate that about 369 thousand will be short.
Moreover, the supply will be reduced to about 857 thousand in 2030,
and it is estimated that about 789 thousand will be short.
In particular, the demand for both information security fields and new
technology fields including AI, IoT, big data etc. is very high, and
the shortage of IT human resources in those fields may become serious.



2018/08/06
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.61
[Topic ]
= 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.


2018/06/01
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.60
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.



2018/04/04
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.59
[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.



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