Japanese Computerization and Society
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Kansai University Global Frontier

関西大学 国際部 Lecturer: Steve McCarty

Class documents

Class Facebook Group 2016 cohort | Download the class syllabus if needed

Academic Paper Outline | Semester Paper Instructions | Paper Organization Checklist

ICT in Japan

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

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

Japanese Children & Smartphones Japan Times (2015) / Children's Media Use Survey Benesse (2014)

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

Vision for ICT in Education (see especially Chapter 3) - 2011 Education Ministry MEXT paper (.pdf)

Distance Education in Japanese higher education - Kumiko Aoki 2015 report

Companies the class may encounter

Panasonic (Osaka) / article on Panasonic in Fortune (2015) / supporting World Heritage

NTT Data
(Tokyo) / Scanning Vatican Library works / NTT Data & Twitter TNT (2015)

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

Amending Japan's information laws Japan Times (2015)

Economics, 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 (September 2016)

Japanese society

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

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Statistical Handbook of Japan (2016)

Ministry of Education statistics on Education (2013) / Science & Technology (2015)

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

Global University Rankings
/ Kansai universities & how to rise in rankings (McCarty, 2016)

For the Kansai University Division of International Affairs,
Steve McCarty also teaches Research Methods for Social Sciences,
and works for the new 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 |

Online Publications: Bilingualism & Japanology | バイリンガリズムと日本学

e-mail Steve McCarty | Updated 13 October 2016