Chairman of the Board
I am deeply honored to have been appointed Chairman of this association at the 30th Board of Directors' Meeting on September 25. Taking over this important role reminds me of the great contributions my dear predecessors have made, and I am also fully committed to devoting myself to the further development of this association and the radio industry. Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank all fellow members for your full support and cooperation to ARIB’s activities to date, and would like to ask for your continued support.
In recent years, we are witnessing, here and there, the development of new social structure, the expansion of economic activities and the creation of new culture, which are realized by the rapid progress of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) all over the world, as well as its wide deployment in various sectors and services. By the concept “Society 5.0”, the Japanese government is aiming at building a society in which the economic growth and the solution of social issues are realized at the same time by various innovations leveraging IoT, robots, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, etc. through the close collaboration of industry, academia and government. Above all, radio wave related technologies are expected to take a critical role as the infrastructure for the Society 5.0.
The 5th generation mobile communications system (5G) services have started in earnest since March this year, attracting wide social attention. In “Action Plan of the Growth Strategy” laid out in July by “Growth Strategy Council -Investing for the Future” of the government, " Early Nationwide Deployment of 5G, Promotion of Post-5G, and Promotion of SoCalled 6G (Beyond 5G) " were highlighted as strategic priorities. Japanese government is intending to promote further infrastructure deployment, R&D investment, international standardization reflecting technology of Japanese companies , and the improvement of the international competitiveness.
The 5th Generation Mobile Promotion Forum (5GMF), in which ARIB serves as secretariat, has been actively working to contribute to research and development, standardization, and public awareness building activities as the all-Japan team through the industry-academia-government collaboration. Since the early realization of 5G as the initial goal of 5GMF has been achieved, 5GMF will focus on the wider social deployment of 5G going forward.
On the other hand, the wide-spread impact of COVID-19 which has quickly become a global pandemic since the beginning of this year, has caused the serious slowdown of social and economic activities, of human interactions, and the global supply-chain disruptions, leading to the serious global recession. In Japan, various events impacting our social lives took place such as the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, the declaration of a state of emergency, etc. The Real GDP in the April-June quarter in Japan shrank 7.8% from the preceding quarter (or 27.8% if annualized), and the severe economic conditions are expected to continue.
Under the COVID-19 pandemic, lifestyle changes are gradually emerging due to "New Lifestyle". Such services as telework, online meetings/lectures/classes, remote monitoring of devices and environment, etc., are quickly becoming popular, as they can be realized with existing technologies. With these social changes in mind, the importance of wireless and wired technologies in the infrastructure and services is widely recognized.
“Basic Policies for Economic and Fiscal Management and Reform 2020” released by “Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy” outlines Japanese government’s basic direction to realize high-quality socio-economy through “new normal”, after overcoming the current issues which have become obvious due to this pandemic. More specifically, Japanese government is intending to promote the deployment of the wireless technologies such as 5G and IoT as the infrastructure to accelerate the Digital Transformation (DX) of the whole Japanese society including regional communities, and the R&D of new technologies which are expected to contribute to the realization of Smart Cities and SDGs.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as I understand, most of the international meetings such as ITU have been canceled, postponed or held online. I appreciate your hard work to stay at the frontline of the international standardization activities while adapting flexibly to “new normal” ways. At the same time, keep an eye on how the COVID-19 global pandemic develops as it may further change the ways these activities are conducted.
Under these challenging conditions, ARIB will continue its efforts not only to perform the basics such as the preparation of drafts of new and revised ARIB standards for the radio systems which support social and economic development, for instance telecommunications and broadcasting.
We will realize broader adoption of radio technologies throughout the social activities, to firmly contribute to the sound progress and development of the whole industry. We will enhance the collaborative efforts among members, as well as the related organizations both inside and outside Japan, for the further development of the radio industries and businesses. I am looking forward to the close collaboration with you.