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The dawn of a new age in Japan

  • Japan tends to make social and economic advancements in huge leaps, and it is due for a new one
  • The country wants to focus on life sciences, IoT, robotics, AI and big data.
  • Cultural factors make it likely to succeed

Japan’s socioeconomic and cultural development tends to happen in leaps and bounds. Today, the country is once again at the dawn of a new age: the transformation of life sciences, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and big data.

Japan’s track record in these areas has been mixed, with a traditional strength in robotics but weaknesses in AI and big data. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made them a focus of his economic agenda, and they will all benefit from cross-fertilization. Cultural factors unique to Japan should also play an important role in developing these technologies, giving the country several advantages over its competitors.

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What's inside
  • Japan tends to make social and economic advancements in huge leaps, and it is due for a new one
  • The country wants to focus on life sciences, IoT, robotics, AI and big data.
  • Cultural factors make it likely to succeed
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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