J@pan Inc Newsletter
The 'JIN' Japan Inc Newsletter
A weekly opinion piece on social, economic and political trends
Issue No. 440 Wednesday November 14, 2007, Tokyo
November/December J@pan Inc Outline
This week's JIN outlines the content of the brand new J@pan Inc
magazine, fully available online.
J@pan Inc's latest magazine sees us going back to roots with the
inclusion of an IT special feature. Initially called 'Computing
Japan' we have always retained a special interest in the IT
industry and many readers know us for our coverage of IT issues.
On the cover of the latest magazine we feature Derek
Titterington, MD of OpenPages, a firm that have created a
software platform that helps companies adapt to the new
compliance environment in Japan, in particular, for J-SOX. To
read about the background to J-SOX legislation as well as to
find out the details of the platform, visit:
From focusing on a particular niche, our journalist Anna
Kitanaka has written a snappy overview of business and consumer
trends in the IT market in Japan.
Elsewhere in the IT feature, industry veteran James Mok provides
his insight into how the IT industry in Japan is destroying the
talent and potential of its younger workers. Mok sees a series of
spirals as suffocating the next generation of engineers, managers
Travis Cardwell, an expert software engineer and programmer has
also contributed a philosophical and insightful article about the
rise and rise of virtual machines and how they have the potential
to revolutionize business. Including his own impressive
illustrative graphics, and even a haiku, readers can find out
about the hottest trends in virtualization here:
IT SERVICES DIRECTORY
Our IT feature is rounded off by our IT services directory
listing a range of companies offering services to foreigners
working in the Japanese market:
-----------Corporate IT Training in English----------------
Frustrated by the lack of IT training in English?
InnoSoft Japan offers the following range of courses:
Application Developer - C, C++, Java/J2EE, .NET 2.0
Microsoft Infrastructure - Exchange, SPS, EPM, etc.
Information Security - People, Process and Technology
All courses are conducted by industry professionals
with years of experience delivering advanced IT
training to corporate clients.
For more information please visit:
or call us at 050-6860-3194
TRAVEL IN OKINAWA
As well as going back to our origins, however, the latest
magazine also breaks into new territory for us with our
'Culture & Context' section that is a space for lifestyle
related content. We launch this with Chris Willson's piece on
the beautiful and mysterious Yaeyama islands: the southernmost
tip of Okinawa and Japan. Chris' piece includes practical advice
for those thinking about heading down to the islands for a break
as well as including some stunning photos of the area:
And, for the first time, we take a look at Japanese fashion
written by W David Marx:
CANCER TREATMENT INNOVATION
We are also running in this edition an article about an exciting
new treatment for cancer. Two doctors from Kyoto have
co-developed a form of treatment using, Amplified Natural Killer
(ANK) cells, a variety of lymphocytes. This treatment has had a
good track record and the risk of side-effects is considerably
lower than in chemotherapy or radiotherapy. For those wishing to
find out more about this therapy we have set up a special enquiry
email address (email@example.com ) and we have been
asked by the clinic offering the treatment to advise readers that
for detailed medical information they will need an interpreter.
POLITICS: MR OZAWA'S POISONED CHALICE
For those interested in the recent political rumblings in Japan,
our article on Mr Ozawa and the fortunes of the DPJ comes from
Tobias Harris, an expert analyst who has spent time working at
the heart of the party. Tobias neatly manages to identify the
problems Mr Ozawa's electoral successes have brought him and
help to explain the reasons behind his recent actions.
We focus an innovative approach to spring manufacturing in Japan
and report on Tokaibane, an Osaka based company that produce
tailor-made springs for nuclear power stations and machine
Our regular article by Chris Cleary takes a look at the nature
of capital guarantee, market neutral funds.
And, industry insider David Hodgson provides a report on Japanese
BUSINESS IN SECOND LIFE
'Inside Out,' our column about doing business outside of Japan
chimes with our IT focus by considering the pros and cons of
business in the virtual community Second Life:
BACK AND FORWARD
And on our 'back page' Ken Worsely provides his regular dose of
brief, witty commentary on Japanese economic news.
Test your wits with our fiendishly difficult prize crossword:
PUBLISHER'S MESSAGE & LETTERS
And last but by no means least, read our most recent message
from Terrie Lloyd, publisher of J@pan Inc and Metropolis.
And, our correspondence page:
We hope that readers enjoy this issue of J@pan Inc and urge you
to let us know what you think by taking our survey at
http://tinyurl.com/yof8sd and gain the chance to win a bottle of
premier quality gin from our sponsor, Tanqueray Number Ten.
By Peter Harris
----------------- ICA Event - Nov 21 ---------------------
Event: Recent Trends in the IT Job Market -
Essential Insights for IT Career Management
Overview: A Round-Table Discussion with Industry Specialists
Details: Complete event details at http://www.icajapan.jp/
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Time: 6:30 Doors open, Light buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks
provided courtesy of ISG
Cost: 3,500 yen (members), 5,500 yen (non-members)
Open to all - venue is Daynite in Otemachi
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Date :27th - 28th November, 2007
Venue: Hilton Tokyo Hotel
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