NRI Papers
No.97 November 1, 2005
  Japan's National IT Strategy and the Ubiquitous Network  
      The term ubiquitous has thoroughly penetrated into Japanese society, and most IT (information technology) companies have been promoting ubiquitous-related projects. These activities have begun since the beginning of the 21st century. While the term "ubiquitous" was first used in the United States, the concept of the ubiquitous network was created in Japan. Through independent development, the ubiquitous network is now being established as an independent IT paradigm.
      Since 2004, the global evolution of the ubiquitous paradigm outside Japan has become eminent. The most active moves are taking place in Korea, which is evolving the u-Korea promotion strategy. Recently, China and other Asian countries have also started similar activities. The Japanese government made full use of the venue of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) of the United Nations in announcing the prospect of the ubiquitous network society and the "u-Japan Policy." (u-Japan stands for ubiquitous network Japan.)
      In Japan, the ubiquitous network paradigm has been successively adopted as the basic concept of the mid- and long-term vision since 2004: "u-Japan Strategy" as the information and communications policy, "Vision for Information-based Economy and Industries" as the industrial structure policy, "principles for formulating the Basic Policy for Science and Technology" as the science and technology policy and "UNS Strategy Program" as the research and development strategy in the ICT field (UNS stands for ubiquitous network society.)
      In view of the actual situation, such as the dissemination of the ubiquitous network paradigm, its global evolution, and its political evolution, the following three points should constitute the core factors of the next-phase national IT strategy to be formulated around the end of 2005: (1) changing the name "e-Japan" to "u-Japan," (2) shifting the strategy focus from "utilization strategy" to "value creation strategy," and (3) focusing attention on "measures related to security, privacy and network crime."
I Penetration of the Ubiquitous Paradigm in Japan
  1 Ubiquitous Paradigm Taking Root in Japanese Society
  2 Ubiquitous Paradigm Taking Root in Japanese Companies
II Global Evolution of the Ubiquitous Network
  1 u-Korea Promotion Strategy and IT839 Strategy in Korea
  2 Europe and the United States Yet to Start
  3 WSIS 2005
  4 Gradual Penetration Also Seen in China
III Evolution of the Ubiquitous Network in IT Policy
  1 u-Japan Policy
  2 Vision for Information-based Economy and Industries
  3 Principles for Formulating the Basic Science and Technology Policy
  4 UNS Strategy Program
IV Next-Phase National IT Strategy and the Ubiquitous Network
  1 Future of the Ubiquitous Network Paradigm
  2 Ubiquitous Network as the Core of Next-Phase IT Strategy


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