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"The three arrows of 21st-century education should be foreign-language proficiency, critical thinking and computer literacy" - Prof. Jeff Kingston, Temple University Japan

ICT in Japan

Japan 10th in global ICT ranking Japan Times Full ITU report (2017)

Japan's Social Media Landscape 2016 2017 Btrax

Ubiquitous Language Learning from Mobile Internet to iPod to iPad McCarty 2014 presentation

US-Japan Policy Cooperation on the Internet Economy - US State Department (2017)

Emoji: Evolution of Emoticons Japan Times (2016) / iPhone7 accommodates Japan Nippon.com (2016)

Children's Media Use Survey Benesse (2014) | Smartphone addiction affects the brain Live Science (2017)

Japanese Children & Smartphones Japan Times (2015) / Babies' smartphone use Asahi (2017)

Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications (総務省): White Papers on ICT in Japan (2015) / ICT Policies

Toward a cashless economy / e-Commerce start-up acquired by DMM.com Japan Times (2017)

Distance Education in Japanese higher education - Kumiko Aoki 2015 report

Learn Japanese online free in various languages Japan Foundation

Japanese Companies and Economics

Panasonic (Osaka) / Article on Panasonic Fortune (2015)

Toyota-Panasonic car batteries Japan Times (2017) | Panasonic megaphone to translate Japan Times (2016)

NTT Data (Tokyo) / Scanning Vatican Library works / NTT Data Singapore Smart glasses

NTT Facilities AI system to protect buildings from earthquake damage Asahi (2017)

NTT Docomo people mapping linked to mobile phones will aid disaster management Asahi (2017)

Companies adopt English as their official language Business Insider (2014)

Japan's information laws Japan Times (2015) | Mizuho Bank AI stock trading platform Japan Times (2017)

Masayoshi Son invests in AI New York Times (2017) | Rich Getting Richer in Abe's Japan Bloomberg (2017)

Immigration and foreign workers

Japanese government will help foreign students find jobs Japan Times (2015)

Japanese firms turn to Asia for good graduates (to work in Japan, too) Japan Times (2015)

Japan's immigration policy (2006) / Abenomics hinges on immigration policy Japan Times (2014)

Japan grows more open to foreign workers as population declines Japan Times (2016)

Japan quietly accepting foreign workers - just don't call it immigration Japan Times (2016)

More foreign students find work after graduating Japanese universities Japan Times (2016)

Vietnamese Students Are Pouring Into Japan Bloomberg (2017)

New government visa guidelines for companies hiring foreign students Japan Times (2017)

Fast track to permanent residency Japan Times (2018) [4th in a series on immigration]


Japan is changing because of tourism Quartz (2017) | Kansai Tourism & Integrated Resorts ACCJ (2017)

Expanding tourist accommodations Japan Times (2016) | Hotels for long-term stays Kyodo (2017)

Osaka Dotonbori starts night entertainment Asahi (2017) | Alipay's Japan network Japan Times (2017)

2020 Olympics Japan Times series (2017) | Accommodations that appeal to international tourists Asahi (2018)

Rapid increase in tourists Asahi (2018) | Kyoto cultural immersion tourism for the wealthy Japan Times (2018)

Airbnb revitalizes rural areas in India, Japan, and elsewhere (2018)

Japanese society

Japanese People & Society McCarty site for the Japan International Cooperation Agency

Government Statistical Handbook of Japan (2016) | Japanese attitudes (Pew survey, 2017)

Japan's new middle class / Too few workers better than too many Japan Times (2017)

Nippon.com: Big Data / Japanese Manners and Etiquette / Manga and Anime

For the Kansai University Division of International Affairs, Steve McCarty
also teaches Research Methods for Social Sciences and ICT for the KUGF,
and counsels for the International Education Support Office (

New book: Implementing Mobile Language Learning Technologies in Japan
by S. McCarty & Tokyo profs. H. Obari & T. Sato. See it at:
Amazon Japan |

(Mobile OK) | Online Publications (PC only) | バイリンガリズムと日本学

e-mail Steve McCarty | Updated 16 January 2018