Jun 26, 2016

METI urges local policymakers to tap big data

An increasing number of towns, cities and prefectures are tapping into the reams of big data being collected by the central government and private firms to revitalize their economies. The data, including information on population distributions, company locations and tourist movements, have been rendered ...

Big data used to support marriage hunting in Japan

Dec 31, 2015

Big data used to support marriage hunting in Japan

Regional local governments are increasingly utilizing big data, or huge sets of diverse digital information, to support matchmaking services, with some aiming to stem the exodus of young people to cities. Under one system, the Ehime Prefecture Government has compiled information on participants taking ...

Jun 9, 2015

Japan manufacturers lagging in use of IT, report says

Japan’s manufacturing sector is lagging behind other countries in utilizing information technology, according to an annual government report that called for improvements. The report, released Tuesday, also urged the industry, which accounts for some 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, to take ...

Oct 26, 2014

Government to provide big biz data to municipalities

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government will supply big data to prefectural and municipal governments to support their efforts to halt population outflows and help revive local economies, informed sources said. Releasing such a huge amount of electronic data is intended to assist local governments ...

Aug 27, 2014

Agency plans big data survey to gauge foreign tourists' needs

The Japan Tourism Agency plans to use big data to conduct a survey on foreign tourists’ behavior so that local governments and tourism industries can develop tours and events that meet their needs, NHK reported Wednesday. For foreign visitors who agreed to cooperate, the ...

Jul 31, 2014

Privacy rights and 'big data'

The government is moving to expedite the use of massive amounts of personal data — collected online or otherwise from a variety of sources — for commercial purposes on condition that the data is processed to ensure anonymity of the information.

Feb 13, 2014

Disease study looks to big data

Researchers in Japan will trawl through huge amounts of data to search for possible precursors to Alzheimer’s disease in a bid to identify who might develop the brain-degenerating condition that affects millions around the world. The study, which involves the health care arm of ...