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The Japan IT Association is established, Mr. Wataru Hasegawa becomes the Representative Director and the First Vice President.

An officer holds up the logo of the Japan IT Federation (IT Federation), which was established with the membership of 53 major IT-related organizations in Japan.The third from the left is Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, President of KCG Group (Chairman of ANIA and Chairman of Kyoto Information Industry Association), who assumed the position of Representative Director and First Vice-Chairman of KCG Group on July 22, 2016 at Keidanren Kaikan in Tokyo.
An officer holds up the logo of the Japan IT Federation (IT Federation), which was established with the membership of 53 major IT-related organizations in Japan.The third from the left is Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, President of KCG Group (Chairman of ANIA and Chairman of Kyoto Information Industry Association), who assumed the position of Representative Director and First Vice-Chairman of KCG Group on July 22, 2016 at Keidanren Kaikan in Tokyo.

On July 22, 2016, the Japan IT Federation (IT Federation), one of Japan's largest IT organizations, was established by 53 major domestic IT-related organizations (about 5,000 member companies with a total of about 4 million employees), aiming to build a world-class IT society while fostering IT human resources.Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of KCG Group (Chairman of ANIA and Chairman of Kyoto Information Industry Association) was appointed as Representative Director and First Vice Chairman.Toshiaki Tateishi, Associate Professor at Kyoto Institute of Information Graduate University (Vice-Chairman and Executive Director of Japan Internet Providers Association) was appointed to the Board of Directors.Manabu Miyasaka, President and Representative Director of Yahoo Japan Corporation will serve as the Representative Director and Chairman.The pillars of the new organization's activities are to focus on the promotion of education for the development of IT human resources, which has become a problem due to chronic shortages, and to actively advocate for the elimination of regulations while realizing two-way communication with the government.

Despite the fact that the IT industry will play a leading role in Japan's future economic growth, there is a serious shortage of human resources, with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) stating that there will be a shortage of 590,000 workers by 2030, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) stating that the goal is to create 2 million human resources by 2025.In addition, unlike other industries in Japan, there are many different national policies related to IT, including those of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.The launch of the new organization is aimed at strengthening the recommendations to the government by calling for the participation of these IT organizations to form a strong organization.The main activities include: various activities to promote IT education; various activities to develop IT human resources; cooperation with the government and related organizations on IT-related matters, information exchange, expression of opinions and submission of proposals; cooperation and exchange of opinions with overseas IT-related organizations; various activities to strengthen cyber security; and cooperation and information exchange among members.

On this day, a general meeting and a meeting of the board of directors were held at Keidanren Kaikan in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, and Representative Director and Chairman Miyasaka explained the purpose of establishing the IT Federation at a press conference afterwards.Afterwards, a reception was held to celebrate the birth of the IT Federation, with greetings from the guest of honor, Mr. Shigeru Ishiba, Minister of State for Regional Development, Cabinet Office, and others, and a toast by Mr. Hasegawa, President and First Vice President.The members confirmed that they would continue to interact with each other in depth and work together to develop the IT industry in Japan.

Mr. Hasegawa, Representative Director and First Vice President, makes a toast at the reception.
Mr. Hasegawa, Representative Director and First Vice President, makes a toast at the reception.
A press conference held after the establishment.A large number of media representatives gathered, showing the high level of interest in the event.
A press conference held after the establishment.A large number of media representatives gathered, showing the high level of interest in the event.
Guest of Honor, Shigeru Ishiba, Minister of State for Regional Development, addresses the gathering.
Guest of Honor, Shigeru Ishiba, Minister of State for Regional Development, addresses the gathering.
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