On November 10, the 33rd convention of the All Japan Federation of Information Industry Associations (ANIA, Chairman: Mr. Masaki Nakamura) and the 10th anniversary ceremony of the establishment of Kyojyo-kyo were held at Hotel Granvia Kyoto in Kyoto City, hosted by the Kyoto Information Industry Association (Kyojyo-kyo, Chairman: Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, President of Kyoto Computer Gakuen).A large number of participants from 47 prefectures in Japan and China gathered to study and interact with each other, and pledged that the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) industry would contribute to the economic development of Japan and transmit information from Kyoto to the world and into the future.
The theme of the festival is "What we have now is because of our relationship from ancient times.And the fate of today will create tomorrow.Towards a Bright and Vibrant Japan of Tomorrow".
At the beginning, Mr. Hasegawa, vice president of ANIA, said, "In the midst of the chaos caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, political changes and riots in the world, I hope this conference and ceremony will help us to think about how Japan and Kyoto should live in the future.Following a representative address by ANIA Chairman Nakamura, guests of honor Nobuhiko Kobayashi, Director of the Regional Informatization Human Resource Development Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Akio Nishiizumi, Director of the Regional Informatization Promotion Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications; Keiji Yamada, Governor of Kyoto Prefecture (Noboru Ota, Deputy Governor of Kyoto Prefecture); and Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto City (Yoshiro Hosomi, Deputy Mayor of Kyoto City) delivered congratulatory addresses.Awards for distinguished service were also presented by ANIA and Kyojyo Kyokai.
Mr. Soichiro Tahara, a journalist, gave a keynote speech titled "Reading the Times," and Mr. Bill Totten, President of Assist Corporation, who is active in television and other media, gave a speech titled "This is the Path Japan Will Take.Both of them shared their thoughts on Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), which Japan is currently forced to choose.Mr. Tahara, who is in favor of the project, and Mr. Totten, who thinks that the project should not be implemented, presented their respective theories and raised issues.In the panel discussion with Mr. Totten and Ms. Mineko Tanaka, president of Tomitaya and director of the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry Women's Association, the panelists exchanged opinions on a wide range of topics, including daily life, education and the economy, under the theme of "Taking a Hint from Life in Kyoto.After the meeting, we had a party and deepened our friendship.In addition, KCG and other participating corporations set up booths at the venue to disseminate information.