NRI Papers
No.126 March 1 , 2008
  Ubiquitous Networking by "International Symbiosis"  
Teruyasu MURAKAMI
   The moves to develop the ubiquitous network that started at the turn of the century have facilitated the development of the ubiquitous network infrastructure, emergence of clusters of related solutions and the establishment of a safe and secure usage environment. Currently, these moves are steadily penetrating Japan's ICT (information and communications technology) environment. At the same time, "Galapagosization" is emerging as the new issue, which is the phenomenon in which efforts to develop the latest technologies and products/services within the Japanese market are not well reflected in Japan's international competitiveness.
   The competitive environment surrounding Japan in the global market is undergoing a major change with the emergence of "MegaGrowth countries." While having large populations of 40 million or more, these countries, such as China, India, Korea and Vietnam, are on the way to achieving high economic growth. While China and India are expected to take the lead as major players in world economy, MegaGrowth countries may grow to become equivalent to Japan, the US and Europe in terms of market size. The "flying geese type" of growth that was seen in the past will disappear and, instead, the "simultaneous and multiple emergence type" of economic growth will occur outside the Japanese market, i.e., mostly in MegaGrowth countries.
   In the future world market, the most advanced products will not necessarily become the products earning the largest sales and profits. What is required of Japan's ICT industry under such an environment is that in addition to strengthening the international evolution of the ubiquitous network industry in the high-end market where Japanese industry is likely to become highly competitive, the industry must also exist together with the diversity seen in the middle-tier and low-end markets. To become competitive in the global market, the industry should pursue the improvement of "international symbiosis" by actively utilizing the first-rate management resources available in these countries.
Contents
I Ubiquitous Networking Faces New Issues
II Changing World Market and Conversion of Growth Mechanism
III International Competitiveness and "International Symbiosis"

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