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日本の世界ITランキングは14位--世界経済フォーラム調査(CNET Japan)

 世界経済に関する非営利団体の世界経済フォーラム(World Economic Forum:WEF)は、2006年度版「世界IT報告」を発表。国別・地域別のIT競争力ランキングが公表された。





The Global Information Technology Report (WEF)

Since it was first launched in 2001, The Global Information Technology Report has become a valuable and unique benchmarking tool to determine national ICT strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate progress. It also highlights the continuing importance of ICT application and development for economic growth.

The Report uses the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) to measure the degree of preparation of a nation or community to participate in and benefit from ICT developments. The NRI is composed of three component indexes which assess:
- environment for ICT offered by a country or community
- readiness of the community's key stakeholders (individuals, business and governments)
- usage of ICT among these stakeholders.

For the first time, Denmark tops the rankings of The Global Information Technology Report 2006-2007’s "Networked Readiness Index", as a culmination of an upward trend since 2003. Denmark’s outstanding levels of networked readiness have to do with the country’s excellent regulatory environment, coupled with a clear government leadership and vision in leveraging ICT for growth and promoting ICT penetration and usage.
Press release I Rankings (PDF or excel) I Photos I Contents I Preface I Executive Summary

Information and communications policy in Japan

Although ICT usage in Japan lagged behind that of other advanced nations in the 1990s, Japan has recently emerged as one of the world’s most advanced broadband communications societies.

This is primarily a consequence of the high penetration of broadband technologies such as fiber optic cable for household use. As a result of competition, a number of DSL customers switched to fiber optic cable.

In addition, Japan’s mobile telephones have the highest Internet access rate (87 percent) in the world, and over 60 percent of these mobile telephones are 3rd-generation telephones.

Mobile telephones in Japan can be used not only for e-mail, downloading music, and playing games, but also for taking high-resolution photos and movies, watching television, using electronic money, and purchasing electronic tickets. Finally, broadband fees in Japan are the lowest in the world (100 kilobytes cost US$0.07 a month).

Acknowledging the importance of ICT for economic growth, in 2000 the Japanese government adopted a framework IT law setting specific targets with the aim of turning Japan into the most advanced ICT country in the world.

This law enabled the adoption of different e-Japan strategies that fostered ICT use and penetration in different areas. In December 2004, building on the achievements of the previous e-strategies, a u-Japan Policy was adopted in order to create an ubiquitous networked society by 2010. The u-Japan Policy is focused on ensuring broadband access for everybody and on making Japan’s communications infrastructure totally broadband capable.

As Japan evolves into an increasingly networked society, some challenges—such Internet privacy and security issues and the need to upgrade competition laws, among others—have emerged that will need to be addressed urgently in the near future.

March 30, 2007 in Business, Economy, Politics, Web Culture, Web/Tech | Permalink


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