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2021/04/09
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.77
When I was a kid, one of the Children's literature that impressed me was
"Grandfather's Lamp".
It's a little long, but the main synopsis is as follows.

"A long time ago, there was a boy in a village. He was a complete orphan
with no parents or relatives. One day, the boy who left the village for
the first time in his life and went to the town first learned about the
lamp. Impressed by the brightness, he wanted to brighten his village, so
he managed to get a lamp and bring it to his village. From there, he
gradually expanded his hand and began to make a living as a lamp seller.
 
Successful as a lamp shop, he was at the height of happiness. However,
when he went to the town for purchase, a new " electricity " was drawn
in the town. The "Electric Light" is much brighter than the lamp, and he
is surprised and afraid of its existence. There is talk of drawing
electricity to the village someday. If the electric light is lit, the
useless lamp will be expelled. The boy who lives on the lamp stubbornly
opposed the introduction of electricity, but in the end it was decided
to introduce electricity to the village. He resents the village mayor
who decides to introduce electricity and tries to set fire to the
village mayor's house. However, even if he tried to set fire, there was
no match at hand. The flint stone he brought in instead couldn't make a
fire, and he was frustrated and cursed, saying, "Old things are useless
in an emergency." At that moment, he realizes his mistake. The lamps are
also old-fashioned now. It is against the way of people, such as
sticking to this and setting fire with a resentment. He turned back to
his house, lit a fire in all of the sale of the lamp in the house, and
threw the stone to them with his weeping. It was his truly farewell to
the lamp. "

Listening to the discussion about the introduction of digitalization in
Japan over the past year in the Covid19 Pandemic, I remembered this
Children's literature for the first time in decades. You've probably
heard the following discussions many times over the past year.
・IT is not possible for the elderly to apply for benefits .
・ When digital is introduced into medical care and education,
inequality will occur in areas where it cannot be introduced.
Is that so? How many people in Japan are particular about "lamps" and
vested interests that are particular about "lamps" business. It is a
common understanding in the world that digitization will correct the
disparity without bringing up this fairy tale. Exactly 15 years ago,
there was a movement by Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, to close the
global poverty gap with a $ 100 PC.
It goes without saying that it is the government's job to remove the
economic, infrastructure, and legal barriers to the introduction of
digitalization, but it is also important to change the mindset of those
who refuse to digitize.

How can we make those rejecters realize that the "lamp" has turned into
an "Electric Light", like a boy? Isn't it necessary to have more
educational activities that mix hard and soft for such digitalization?
We CICC may can do something to change such rejecter’s mind.

By the way, my old mother, who is over 80 years old in my hometown, uses
a PC effortlessly and enjoys playing games with my son. When I see my
grandmother and grandchildren enjoying themselves, who were far away
from each other until I dealt with games, I realized that the goodness
of digitization is familiar to me.

Hirokazu Morita(Mr.)


<<Topics of Government>>

(1)Guidelines on Assessment of AI Reliability in the Field of Plant Safety Revised
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2021/0330_001.html

(2)Webinar on Potential for Deployment of Open Source-Based Digital ID Platform to be Held
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2021/0302_001.html

(3)Memorandum on Inauguration of Japan-Thailand Smart Industrial Safety Consortium Signed
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2021/0225_004.html


<<Topics of Industries>>

(1)NEC and Sumitomo Mitsui Construction develop DokoMinaPhone, a multi-lingual
 Speech translation app with simultaneous message broadcast function
 https://www.nec.com/en/press/202103/global_20210330_02.html

(2)NEC to provide facial recognition system for new "Face Express" check-in to
   boarding process at Narita and Haneda Airports
 https://www.nec.com/en/press/202103/global_20210325_02.html

(3)JR Kyushu and Hitachi Launch a Joint Project to Automate Train
Operation Re-planning Work by AI
 https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2021/03/210325a.html

(4)Hitachi Establishes Lumada Innovation Hub Tokyo to Accelerate the Lumada Movement
Through New Collaborative Creation With a View to the Post-COVID-19 World
 https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2021/03/210322a.html

(5)RIKEN, Fujitsu Launch Collaborative R&D Center in Japan in First Step
Toward Realization of Superconducting Quantum Computers : Fujitsu Global
https://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2021/0401-01.html

(6)Fujitsu Launches Private 5G Network to Realize ‘Smart Factory’ at its
Oyama Plant : Fujitsu Global
https://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2021/0330-01.html


2021/02/09
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.76
It has been almost a year since the pandemic started.
The numbers of new COVID-19 cases reported each day have increased more
than tenfold since  the first state of emergency was declared in April
last year.


2020/12/09
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.75
Cultural Icon of “IN-KAN”, in New Normal era to come

Japan is no exception from countries and territories around the world,
being forced to accelerate digital transformation (“DX”) and to seek
for “New Normal” during and post COVID-19 Pandemic state-of-emergency
situation.



2020/10/12
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.74
Supercomputer “FUGAKU” got the Quattro crowns (Top500, HPCG, HPL-Al,
Graph500)
as the Highest-Performance Processing capacity of the computer in the
world 2020.



2020/08/06
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.73
Who are using 5G in Japan?

5G services in Japan started in March. Almost 5 months have passed since
then, but I have not seen anyone using 5G mobile terminal around me, and
never heard my friends and colleagues bought 5G smartphones.
This looks strange, but there are some reasons easily understood.



2020/06/10
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.72
Konnichiwa or Good day!

Tokyo lifted the state of emergency over the novel coronavirus pandemic
on 25 May.
A sports club, which had launched a year ago near my house, reopened on
1 June, after closing for these past two months. I found many changes
there. First, it is necessary to enter the club with wearing face masks.



2020/04/09
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.71
“AI technology will help to make Fair Judgement for All Athletes”

Hello every one. I am Kotaro Okada, new comer from Fujitsu Limited
from May 2019.
This is the very first time to show you my column, and I hope you
enjoy it.



2020/02/12
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.70
Belated Happy New Year greetings to all CICC family members!

One (1) month has passed since beginning of the new year, 2020.
That means, five (5) to six (6) months to go till opening of Olympic
(July 24-Aug. 9) and Paralympic (Aug 25-Spet. 6) games respectively
taking place in Japan.
Hope that all acknowledges, as a universal common perception, of joys
and excitements Olympic and Paralympic games bring along to us all.



2019/12/10
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.69
Topic : Shopping in Japan

Time passes so early that only one month is remaining in 2019.
How was the year of 2019 for you?
For me, I found changes in the digital society are very fast. 



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/)



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