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2017/06/01
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.54
[YOKOHAMA]

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

It is very pleasant in Yokohama in May when many flowers and flesh green
have come out. The flower festival called “Garden Neckless Yokohama
2017” is open during this time. Parks and the main street near Yokohama
port are decorated with millions of flowers more than 100 kinds
including tulips, petunias and roses.

In May 2017, the 50th Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting was held in
Yokohama. I think more than 3,000 participants including finance
ministers from each country enjoyed the flower festival.

Yokohama is one of the Japan’s leading global cities. It had ever
experienced problems such as pollution, environmental destruction,
garbage disposal and traffic congestion caused by rapid urbanization,
and addressed those issues.

Now, many cities in Asian countries face similar problems to Yokohama in
the past. I suppose Yokohama’s experience and technological
capabilities of Japanese companies will contribute development of the
cities with similar problems.

Basic Information of Yokohama: http://www.yokohamajapan.com/about/

50th Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting YOKOHAMA 2017:
http://adb2017.city.yokohama.lg.jp/en/

Hiroko KAWABATA(Ms)


<<Topics of Government>>

(1)Event titled “MAFF and METI Collaboration Symposium: Innovation Creation through Collaborative R&D for the Utilization of Living Resources, AI and IoT” to be Held
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2017/0516_001.html

(2)First Comprehensive Policy Recommendations Concerning FinTech Titled “FinTech Vision” Compiled
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2017/0508_004.html

(3)The IoT Acceleration Lab Will Hold Events Titled the “Fifth IoT Lab Connection” and “HR-Solution Contest”
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2017/0510_002.html

(4)METI Formulates Cybersecurity Guidelines for Energy Resource Aggregation Business
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2017/0426_002.html


<<Topics of Industries and others>>

(1)Japan to launch second GPS satellite for improved accuracy
http://asia.nikkei.com/Tech-Science/Tech/Japan-to-launch-second-GPS-satellite-for-improved-accuracy

(2)Docomo carrier billing now available for App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks purchases
https://japantoday.com/category/tech/docomo-carrier-billing-now-available-for-app-store-apple-music-itunes-and-ibooks-purchases


2017/04/07
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.53
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.



2017/02/07
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.52
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.



2016/12/01
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.51
Typical topics of internet in Japan this year are Pico Taro and Pokemon GO.
Pico Taro’s unique song “PPAP” attracted foreign media first.
Pico Taro is a talent of Avex Group Holdings who has punch permanent hair style and leopard pattern costume with very impact.



2016/10/06
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.50
[Topic ] Can Asian countries take initiatives for innovative technology?

Dear Gentle persons

I am Kazuki Yasui, taking care of Research & Information Division.
Most of Japanese are fed up with typhoons which have come near to us more than 10 times in this summer. Because of global warming, Japanese islands have become good sandbags for typhoons. And, luckily, we didn’t experience so much hot weather comparing with usual year.



2016/08/04
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.49
[Topic ] Agricultural Drone

I have watched a video image of an agricultural drone which is splaying a crop with pesticides over a large farm stretching to the horizon.
The agricultural drone which I was interested in by the news report a few days ago is a little different. This drone was developed by Saga University, Saga prefecture and a Software company OPTiM together.


2016/07/05
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.48
[Topic ] Beautiful butterflies in my garden

 I have seen some beautiful butterflies in my garden for several years.
They seem to be similar ones I saw in Indonesia as a business trip in 1990s.
My mother who lives in our next house asked me to seek a name of the butterfly through Internet. She does not connect Internet and cannot use mobile phone, either.



2016/04/07
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.47
[Topic ]
Reduction method for the telecom fee in my household

The stagnation in the Tokyo stock market from the beginning of the year symbolizes the rupture of " Abenomics " the economic policies of the current Japanese government.
After 8% of the consumption tax was introduced in April 2014, real GDP plunged about 14 trillion yen. Since then, real GDP include sluggish growth and the wages in the ordinary household are not increased. This tax increase amount was supposed to be pressure on the household budget.



2016/02/04
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.46
[Topic] AI in Japan
The situation might be the same in your country, but it seems to me that media coverage on “Artificial Intelligence (AI)” is recently increasing in Japan, with the hope of convenient and smart future society that would be brought by AI. Here are some examples of news in Japan related to AI, in which I felt interested; Canon announced a plan in August 2015 to establish a laboratory to enhance manufacturing technology for digital camera with an investment of 13 billion yen [1].  The details were not revealed by Canon, but some media reported in Japanese that the plan included development of AI Robot to realize Canon’s vision of fully automated manufacturing of digital camera in Japan by 2018.


2015/12/03
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.45
The “My Number”, Individual Number system is about to begin in Japan.
From October 2015 on, each municipality has started to notify citizens of their numbers by sending postal mail. Then, citizens officially registered by themselves. Also, citizens are required to issue ID cards.



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