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ANIA, chaired by Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of KCG Group, celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Venue for ANIA Nagasaki Convention and ANIA 30th Anniversary Celebration
Venue for ANIA Nagasaki Convention and ANIA 30th Anniversary Celebration

Nagasaki, National Association of Information Technology Associations of Japan (ANIA), chaired by Dr. Wataru Hasegawa, President of KCG Group of The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI), Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG), Kyoto Automobile College (KCGM) The tournament was held in Nagasaki City on November 9, and more than 250 people from all over the country participated.ANIA is an organization that aims to create the society of the future through the development of regional information and communication industries and the improvement of information and communication infrastructures, and has 22 member organizations with approximately 2,100 companies nationwide.This year's ceremony was also held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ANIA, as it has been 30 years since its parent organization was formed in 1987.

At the beginning of the conference, Mr. Kazuhide Nakano, Chairman of Nagasaki Information Industry Association, on behalf of the organizers, delivered a speech entitled "ICT for Local Development, Again from Dejima!He greeted the audience with a call to action, saying, "The use of ICT is the key to counteracting depopulation and revitalizing local communities, and the role of ANIA, an organization of local groups, is becoming increasingly important.To this end, ANIA has many issues to be resolved, such as solving the shortage of IT personnel.Let us all unite our strength and overcome this problem," he said.

Next, Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, President of ANIA, made a speech, saying, "Computers have developed rapidly during the past 30 years, and society is about to undergo a major transformation with the advent of AI, IoT, and Big Data.In these times, ANIA would like to contribute to the promotion of the local economy and ultimately to the promotion of the information industry in the country as a whole by actively working as a forum for the exchange of opinions and information among members and associations in each region," he said, expressing his determination to continue ANIA's proactive activities in response to the advancing informatization.Mr. Nobuyoshi Fujioka, Director, Regional Informatization Human Resource Development Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and Mr. Shogo Matsuda, Director, Regional Informatization Promotion Office, Information Sharing Administration Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), addressed the conference as guests, congratulating the 30th anniversary of ANIA and expressing high expectations for further activities in the future.

After the conference, ANIA members moved on to a reception, where a Kagami-biraki (sake barrel breaking) ceremony was held with the participation of Mr. Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board of Directors, followed by Nagasaki's traditional "Dragon Dance" and other attractions. Members actively exchanged opinions on the state of the local information industry and future activities, deepening exchanges and pledging the development of ANIA for the next 30 years.A video message from Mr. Tomihisa Taue, the mayor of Nagasaki City, was also played on the way.

The shortage of human resources in the IT industry is becoming more and more serious, and ANIA has set the "development of advanced IT human resources" as one of the main pillars of its future activities as it is essential for the growth of the IT industry.KCGI and KCG, which have sent out excellent IT personnel in the past, will continue to contribute to the development of the information industry in the region and the country through human resource development through education that incorporates the latest IT.

Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, addresses the audience on behalf of the organizers.
Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, addresses the audience on behalf of the organizers.
Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, opens the mirror at the party.
Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, opens the mirror at the party.

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