|No.66 July 1, 2003|
|Establishing the Ubiquitous Network Environment in Japan --From e-Japan to U-Japan--|
It is important that future IT strategies be designed to meet specific objectives; namely: (1) to put Japan one step ahead of other countries in IT rather than simply to catch up with them; (2) to establish an IT utilization environment that fully draws on the strength of Japan's continuing efforts and advances in every field of IT; and (3) to have impact not simply within the IT industry but in a wide range of manufacturing and service industries.
With respect to network infrastructure, in addition to further promoting a shift towards broadband for wired systems it is necessary to organize a broadband network infrastructure for wireless and mobile systems on a systematic and integrated basis that envisions the movement towards ubiquitous networking.
The key to setting up an appropriate utilization framework will be the module-based development of ubiquitous terminals that can better connect people to people, people to objects, and objects to objects. It is also necessary to establish a next-generation payment settlement infrastructure and security and privacy mechanisms.
From the standpoint of usage and utilization, efforts must be made in the following core areas: (1) establishing a distribution and production structure that allows for highly diverse and profuse digital content; (2) promoting advanced ubiquitous electronics that can connect to consumers anywhere and at any time through broadband networks that take in various industries such as home information appliances, automobiles, IT, and entertainment; and (3) implementing a host of ubiquitous services that can attentively respond to a broad range of needs in the fields of medicine, welfare, education, transportation, and the environment.