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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.
One day, I noticed a decrease in my memory ability.
 I feared that I might become demented in future.
I think I have to take action from now. The best way to keep my memory
is to start study something. But, I am a working mother and have no
time to go to school.
Then, I searched online education sites. I can take any lectures at
my favorite time by online education through my own electronic
devices. Come to think of it, I have 2 hour of round-trip
commute time in train.

If you want to take university courses again, the following site is
suitable:
There are some free-tuition sites, and this is one of them:
https://www.jmooc.jp/
This JMOOC(Japan Massive Open Online Course) site provides 140 courses
for free.
This site is managed by Japan Massive Open Online Courses Promotion
Council.
Syllabuses of those courses are the same as used in universities
across Japan. One course is based on four weeks and it is provided by
video. After you saw a lecture video, you have to take a
mini-examination for the confirmation. Also, you have to submit an
assignment for the period. After you submitted all assignment, you can
get a certification.

Let me introduce another free-tuition site.
   https://free-university.co.jp/
Free University site also provides courses for free through YouTube.
It is relatively a new one opened in October 2018 by a private
company. The most of courses are still under development now.

Cultural courses are available as well:
https://schoo.jp/
This site provides some kinds of cultural courses.  If you have a
purpose to raise your cultural knowledge, it’s good for you. But
it’s not for free.

There are so many online education sites that I cannot choose them.
Unfortunately, I found some sites have already been closed. The market
seems to be intensely competitive like other digital services .
Online education is in demand among busy businessmen, house wives,
senior citizen and young people who cannot go to school for some
reasons.
With new technology, such as AI and Big Data, online education will be
more improved in the near future.

Hiroko SHIRAKURA(Ms)


<<Topics of Government>>

(1)METI to Conduct Drone Demonstration Test for Plant Safety
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0125_001.html

(2)METI Designates February 2019 as “Smart Mobility Promotion Month”
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0118_002.html

(3)Third Round of Certification Issued for the Courses on IT-Skill
Training to Meet the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0117_003.html

(4)Call for Information on Technologies for Computer-Access Control Functions
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2018/1207_001.html


<<Topics of Industries and others>>

1) Hitachi Strengthens Wind Power Generation System Business
https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2019/01/190125.html

2) Hitachi Wins 600 EMU Train Cars for Intercity Express Service from
the Taiwan Railways Administration
https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2019/01/190115a.html

3) NEC develops AI technology to support stable operation of social
infrastructure
https://www.nec.com/en/press/201812/global_20181212_02.html

4) NEC welcomes greater industry collaboration on facial recognition
technology
https://www.nec.com/en/press/201812/global_20181219_03.html

5) Fujitsu to Go Live with Disaster Information Management System in
Indonesia's North Sumatra Region(Jan 28, 2019)
http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2019/0128-01.html

6) Fujitsu Develops AI Technology to Determine the Necessity of
Cyberattack Responses(Jan 22, 2019)
http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2019/0122-03.html



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.



2018/02/02
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.58
[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.



2017/12/07
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.57
[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.



2017/10/05
TOKYO DAYORI vol.56
[Topic]
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.



2017/08/03
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.55
[Topic]
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
activities.



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