Innovation—The Genius behind today’s World
In the early stages of climbing the development ladder, Asia’s emerging economies have made great leaps by simply absorbing and adapting global knowledge. But there comes a point, especially for economies like Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India and Singapore, where innovation and knowledge creation becomes increasingly important.
Seeing is believing—If you can dream it, VR can make it
Virtual reality is the new trend and has shown the ability to create new business opportunities through new technological innovations. It is no wonder prominent companies such as Apple, Google, Sony and many others enter and compete in the growing market. VR promises the unimaginable – almost like one trying to envision what cellphones would be capable of doing ten years ago. Or literally, go nowhere and be transported anywhere.
Artificial intelligence—The frontier of something new in intelligence
Prof. Takao Terano received a B.A degree in Mathematical Engineering, M.A degree in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo and a Doctor of Engineering Degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology and is currently a professor at the Department of Computer Science, School of Computing there. His ongoing research interests include Agent-based modeling, Knowledge systems, Evolutionary computation and Service Science.
This month, he tells us more about his thoughts on AI and its current and potential impact on the Japanese society.
The Supercomputer—AI’s role in bettering Japan
You most probably have heard of it or at least read about it: Japan’s goal to acquire high performance computing (HPC)technology by developing the fastest supercomputer for AI in an effort to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that will help develop and improve the general well being and advancement of the Japanese population.
Are you ready?—Moving on to Society 5.0
Dr. Yuko Harayama is an executive member of the CSTI, which has 8 members from academia and business. She is a well-known scientist who served as Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry at the OECD. She agreed to an interview with JAPAN and the WORLD.
Asia—The Innovation Hub
The history of innovation in Asia started centuries ago and although it may have a couple of hurdles to overcome in order to carry the innovative sector to the next level, the region, as a whole seems to be emerging as a global innovation powerhouse.
Singapore—A Living Lab
Imagine a nation of people empowered by technology to lead fulfilled and meaningful lives. One where data, info communication technology and the power of network is utilized to improve living, build closer community and create economic opportunity. That is what Singapore aims at through the Smart Nation initiative, revealed by its Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong in November 2014.
Malaysia—Innovating its development
Interview with Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) to find about the most recent investment opportunities and how innovation is helping to achieve that.
Malaysia and Japan—A Win-win-win relationship
When then Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone visited Malaysia in May 1983, he held top-level talks with then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in which they agreed on the establishment of the Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry, Malaysia. At that time, JACTIM was the first foreign chamber of trade and industry to receive certification in Malaysia. In addition to the fact that Japan and Malaysia had long enjoyed a firm relationship of trust, the creation of JACTIM paved the way for the further strengthening of relations from then on.
Reawakening Innovation in Japan—What needs to be done
Japan has the third largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and is the second largest developed economy in the world. It is after all, the birthplace of life changing innovations like the bullet train in 1964, TOTO’s first hi-tech toilet during the same year, the Walkman that revolutionized the way people listened to music in the 70s and the PlayStation which remains the most popular game console in the world and has sold millions of consoles since its launch in 1994.
DMM.com—Birthing Innovation for the next generation
JAPAN and the WORLD sat down with Mr. Keishi Kameyama, Chairman of DMM.com, whose physical presence is humble and imposing while media representation remains almost a mystery, tells us more about its birth and mission in bringing change in the Japanese innovation sector.
Orange Fab Asia—Building a global startup community
Jean-Michel Serre, the president of Orange Labs Tokyo speaks about the spread of innovation, the role of entrepreneurship and the support from the government in this expansion in Asian countries.