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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.

Well, if you have a chance to come observe the events, other than the
joys and excitements, hope that you would touch and feel unique and
specialized cultural behaviors which are deeply rooted within the
Japanese mindset.

“O-MO-TE-NA-SHI” or “Selfless hospitality spirit”

O-MO-TE-NA-SHI is a traditional Japanese way of hospitality with the
most dedicated and exquisite manners. It creates an ambiance of
tranquility and relaxation where guests will experience unforgettable
moments at ease. Its spirit is deeply rooted back to our ancestors,
yet, ingrained in Japan modern culture today.

A sampling experience shared by a foreign visitor said:
    (Quote)
In the midst of a windy wintertime at a restaurant in Japan, I was
astonished to notice when receiving my coat from the clerk and found
my coat pockets were delightfully warm.
It was because the restaurant staff placed instant hand warmers in
each of the pockets while we were having dinner since the weather was
freezing outside.
That was absolutely a Japanese “O-MO-TE-NA-SHI we have experienced!
(Unquote)

Also, another one says:
(Quote)
I thought I might have done something wrong when I walked into a
department store and at a “Ryokan” (A Japanese style hotel) and saw
all employees bowed and yelled II-RASSHAI-MA-SSE!
(Unquote)

O-MO-TE-NA-SHI means to treat or entertain someone sincerely and
warmheartedly, whether that person be a visiting guest, a business
contact, or a friend or acquaintance. Core of it is “attentiveness to
the needs of others”. To be attentive means to read the atmosphere,
sense the mood, and feel the invisible energy pervading an occasion.
Ultimately, or ideally, it means not necessarily to entertain the
guest to achieve some kind of self-satisfaction, but rather to be
quick in perceiving the guest’s needs, desires, and the overall mood,
and to entertain the guest accordingly.

I would say that such behavior is a result of natural reaction only
human can attain, and never through technologies like AI or through
deep learning, etc. In other words, digitalization surely brings us
efficiency and equality that leads to cultivate our joys and
excitements, and Olympic/Paralympic events are no exception.
Meanwhile, as human, we shall not forget the spirit that is unique to
us, and I would say that O-MO-TE-NA-SHI keeps Japanese as human.

Let us all enjoy and feel the excitements Olympic and Paralympic games
bring to us along with the O-MO-TE-NA-SHI you would receive during
your stay in Japan.

By: Kaoru (Ken) NISHIMURA


<<Topics of Government>>

(1)Explanatory Meeting on Digital Transformation Stock Selection
(Tentative Name) to be Held
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2020/0106_002.html

(2)Third Japan-China Smart Manufacturing and Exchange Seminar Held
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/1223_006.html

(3)Development of New International Standards for Vitalizing IoT
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/1220_004.html

(4)Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information
Property Trading Revised
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/1219_001.html


<<Topics of Industries and others>>

(1)Hitachi's Omika Works Recognized as an "Advanced 4th Industrial
Revolution Lighthouse" by the World Economic Forum
http://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2020/01/200110.html

(2)Hitachi and VietCredit Start a Demonstration Experiment to Provide
New Financial Services Using AI
http://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2020/02/200210.html

(3)NEC to provide aircraft radar systems for international airports in
Myanmar
https://www.nec.com/en/press/202001/global_20200108_01.html

(4)NEC named to the CDP "A List" for advanced Climate Change and Water
Security initiatives
https://www.nec.com/en/press/202002/global_20200205_03.html

(5)NEC highlights 5G-enabled business creation and connectivity at MWC
Barcelona 2020
https://www.nec.com/en/press/202001/global_20200120_04.html

(6)Fujitsu Receives Supercomputer Order from Nagoya University's
Information Technology Center
https://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2020/0203-01.html

(7)Fujitsu Earns Top Rating in CDP Water Security Evaluation
https://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2020/0207-01.html



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/)



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.


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