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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.

One decade has passed and what’s happen?
First of all, the school has been filled with younger moms and dads than us.(It was granted!)
The most outstanding is the spread of mobile smart phone and LINE among parents.

10 years ago, I had a future phone and wrote e-mail by my right thumb
to communicate other parents. Only 5 persons’ e-mail address put on the
sender box. Whenever I try to write e-mail, I used to feel inconvenient
about using future phone with my hurt thumb.
The low penetration rate of PC in home drove me to use my future phone
for sending e-mail. I worked for compiling the school public relations
leaflet at that time. The public relations group was consisted of 12
members of mothers. Only 2 out of them could use PC, meaning that using
key boards and publishing documents.

Now I cannot see any parents who carry future phones in our school.
According to our country’s figures, the penetration rate of smart
phones in Japan is up to 71%. (June 2016). [1] The number of LINE active
users is 41million on July 2016. The number surged to 61 million after a
half year. (Jan. 2017).[2] It was also comparable to 53.6% of our population.

On the one hand, the penetration rate of PC in home was 61.1% in 2006
and 67.7% in 2016. There is no outstanding change in the rate.[3]
As a matter of fact, 67.7% is the same level of that in 2013. It has
stayed flat for 4 years. The main reason is that the diffusion rate of a
smartphone and the tablet rose. Those are potable and very convenient
when we use it as net access and viewed video on them. Above all else,
their price is more reasonable than PCs.
In the end, market required handy, cheap and convenient equipment.

As the result, I was highly appreciated as a person who can use MS
Office and write documents on PC.

Hiroko SHIRAKURA(Ms.)

Source:
[1]Hakuhodo DY media partners
[2] LINE
[3]Cabinet Office,Government of Japan


<<Topics of Government>>

(1)A New Project Titled “Fukudzukuri 4.0” Started through Taking Advantage of an Existing IT Platform
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2017/0222_002.html

(2)Memorandum of Understanding for IoT Cooperation between Japan and India Concluded
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2017/0224_001.html

(3)Memorandum of Understanding for IoT Cooperation between Japan and the EU Concluded
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2017/0321_005.html



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.



2015/10/05
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.44
[Topic ]
ICT deploys new business model or new business model deploys ICT?
Both makes trend with new fashion partner.

Dear Gentle persons,

I am Kazuki Yasui, taking care of Research &Information Division.
Unfortunately, we have a lot of rain and typhoons in this summer as if it is accompanied with several series of fuss and catastrophe regarding 2020 Tokyo Olympic game and security alliance issue, etc.
This is my second time to release my “Tokyo Dayori” with you, and I would like to share my understanding regarding the ICT trend and expectation in the future.



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