Jul 25, 2015

WTO agrees to cut some tariffs on IT products

Major economies including Japan, the United States and China have agreed to eliminate their tariffs on 201 information technology products. The deal, reached at a meeting in Geneva on Friday of World Trade Organization members participating in the Information Technology Agreement, is expected to ...

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 ...

E-textbooks to open digital can of worms

| Jun 1, 2015

E-textbooks to open digital can of worms

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As the world goes digital, many schools are trying to introduce digital materials into the classroom to encourage studying and meet the needs of students’ increasingly diverse needs. In May, the education ministry formed a panel to discuss the use of digital textbooks and ...

Mar 12, 2015

Hitachi IT unit to limit acquisitions this year to small firms

Hitachi Ltd.’s information-technology services division will spend this year absorbing several recent data-management acquisitions and will limit further purchases to small outfits, according to an executive with the company. The division, Hitachi Data Systems, plans to spend the rest of this year helping its ...

Comfy life amid stagnation

Sep 18, 2014

Comfy life amid stagnation

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While information and communications technologies have increased the conveniences and comforts of life in Japan to an unprecedented level, the nation's economy remains stagnant, partly because of the saturation of the auto market.

Feb 20, 2014

Cracking the code of computer education

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Last week, my inbox began to fill up with angry emails. Had I seen the dreadful/unbelievable/disgraceful/hilarious (delete as appropriate) “Newsnight” interview with Lottie Dexter? I hadn’t, and as I’d never heard of Ms. Dexter, I wasn’t unduly bothered. After all, life is too short ...

Oct 22, 2013

Japan's technology ranking slips

Japan has slipped from eighth to 12th place in the rankings of global information and communications technology development. And its young people aren't as network-savvy as presumed.