David E Kuhl and Dennis L Meadows, the winners of the 2009 Japan Prize gave a presentation in Tokyo on April 22, 2009.
Professor David E Kuhl was given the Japan Prize for tomographic imaging in nuclear medecine, he has been called the “father of emission tomography”, having developed tomographic imaging in nuclear medicine.
Dennis Meadows is famous for his book “The Limits of Growth” (1972), which was written by three MIT scientists including Meadows as a project funded by the Club of Rome. Meadows has shown that current economic and human activity has become unsustainable.
Asked about the current economic crisis, Meadows explains the current economic crisis as the bottom of the Kondratiev cycle, which has a period of 45-60 years (about 50 years). According to Meadows the reason for the Kondratiev cycles is overinvestments in production resources. Excessive production resources need to be adjusted to actual needs periodically, and this period is about 50 years. The last Kondriatiev-type elimination of production overcapacity was caused by the damages of the 2nd World War. Currently this down-adjustment of production resources occurs in peace-time.
Diseno Textile SA (ZARA) entered Japan’s market earlier than H&M and can now collect some fruits from timing advantage: Diseno succeeded to obtain a license for Sanrio’s Hello Kitty character, and plans to market Hello Kitty branded goods.
Will be interesting to see if H&M will do quid-pro-quo and seek to license other famous Japanese characters?
European Central Bank (ECB) President Jean-Claude Trichet gave a presentation here in Tokyo on April 18, 2009 about the current financial and economic crisis.
Trichet blamed the crisis on an underpricing of the unit of risk. He also emphasized that its not a general crisis affecting all companies and financial institutions, but that some badly managed companies and banks are in bad shape, while well managed companies and financial institutions are in good shape and doing fine.
Trichet praised excellent international cooperation in taking measures to improve economic and financial stability and he also mentioned that unconventional steps will be announced at future meetings.
Overall his words were very carefully chosen and defensive, well aware of the impact of his words on the capital markets
It is well known that mobile internet, mobile payments and mobile content business and many other areas of mobile broadband are much more developed in Japan and South Korea than in other countries.
NOKIA and Vodafone and some other western mobile phone companies had the opportunity to take part in Japan’s mobile payment systems, mobile TV solutions and many other mobile businesses – instead they preferred not to do so and to withdraw from Japan’s mobile market.
Similarly it seems that mobile payments, mobile TV developments outside Japan are being developed from scratch without much regard to what has been learnt in Japan in debugging such mobile businesses both from the technology viewpoint as well as the usability, security, convenience etc viewpoints.
Lets discuss if the “not invented here syndrome” could be a factor.
2. have you read Karl Popper? – he is a philosopher. He says it makes no sense to discuss terminology. He would object to this discussion topic – because he would say that this is just mincing definitions and has no substance.
Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata and games developer superstar Shigeru Miyamoto presented in Tokyo on April 9, 2009 about Nintendo’s situation and future plans.
Iwata emphasized plans to move from one DS per household to one DS per person, by personalizing the DS, and by seeing that DS enriches everyday life. As examples he mentioned applications in hospitals and schools (which provoked a question from the audience what he plans to do about children who’s parents cannot afford to purchase a DS for their children), and in museums, where explanations on exhibits are given via the DS.
Nintendo plans a “My DS” experience, by including two cameras in the new DSi, and with online downloads of small non-cartridge games and other applications from a new online store to enrich owners’ daily lives.
Asked about Nintendo’s plans for the recession, Iwata answered, that key is to keep Nintendo’s products at the top of consumers’ wish lists.
Read more about this presentation and analysis of Nintendo and Japan’s games sector in our J-GAMES report.
Asked how Iwata plans to respond to the success of mobile phones, iMode and Appli games, and whether Nintendo plans to create own mobile phones or add phone functions to DS, Iwata explained his thinking under which conditions he would consider entering the mobile phone space.
KDDI created a new brand: “iida” for the long running best selling AU design series mobile phones. KDDI introduced some of the most recent iida design series models at the KDDI Designing Center. In addition to the earlier Yamaha musical instruments phones, KDDI introduced a spectacular phone created by Yayoi Kusama.