A government survey has found that over half of youths and young adults in Japan do not want to study abroad. The finding was included in the 2019 white paper on children and young people, which was adopted at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday. When asked whether they want to study abroad in the future, 53.2 percent of Japanese respondents said they do not, the highest figure among the seven nations covered in the study. Germany and Britain were a distant second and third, with 35.5 percent and 34.8 percent, respectively, saying they do not want to study abroad. Regarding whether they want to live abroad in the future, the proportion of people wishing to stay in their home country forever came to 42.7 percent for Japanese respondents, also the highest among the seven countries.
The release goes on, "Key findings of the 2018 New Vantage Partners Big Data Executive Survey include: (1) Mainstream firms fear disruption from highly agile data-driven upstarts. One of the biggest surprises of the 2017 executive survey was the percentage of respondents acknowledging the threat of disruption and displacement, with nearly half of executives (46.6%) The big surprise in the 2018 survey is the sharp jump in this number to 79.4%, representing nearly 4/5 of executive respondents. Executives perceive growing threats from data-driven, highly agile competitors, including the big Tech Giants – Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook – as well as those competitors within their own industry who are demonstrating the ability to compete on data and analytics, especially those who have forged data cultures which give them agility and speed."
WASHINGTON – A solid majority of Americans see Japan as an important security and trade partner, a recent survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a U.S. think, showed. The survey found that 78 percent of Americans believe relations with Japan strengthen U.S. national security, exceeding the percentage of respondents who believe the same for other U.S. allies listed, such as Germany and South Korea, at 75 percent and 70 percent, respectively. It showed that 57 percent of respondents believe the United States should increase or maintain its military forces in Japan, compared with 40 percent who answered that the United States should reduce or withdraw its forces from the country. In a question on trade relations, 87 percent of respondents said they favor engaging in trade with Japan, tied with Germany for the most favored trade partner among the countries listed in the survey. On the use of military force by Washington, 55 percent of respondents opposed using U.S. troops in the event that China initiates a military conflict with Japan over disputed islands, an apparent reference to the Senkakus in the East China Sea.
NewVantage Partners just released its 7th annual executive survey on big data and artificial intelligence in large organizations. If you're pulling for better data, analytics, and AI within companies, there is much to encourage you in this year's survey. Spending levels are also increasing; 55% of companies spend over $50M on big data and AI, and 21% spend over half a billion dollars on them. These executives are also aware of the need for defensive approaches to data; over 90% are focused on both cybersecurity and data privacy, and 56% have a focus on "data ethics"--not at all on the radar screens of businesses a decade ago. All of this would be great news if not for the fact that in this survey--and in virtually all the previous ones--companies are making far more progress on the technological front of data use than the human one.
Japan has somehow earned a reputation as a "sexless" country -- a place where men and women have lost their libidos. The reasons given are various but mainly have to do with increased introversion and general loss of sociability among young people. This theme is catnip to editors at overseas newspapers, where stories about "weird Japan" -- regardless of their veracity -- are always good for a laugh because they're strange and harmless. Within Japan, this sexless reputation is an embarrassment, especially to older men who like to think of themselves as having been actively virile in their youths. The theme was revisited anew last week when the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research released the results of its latest study, conducted every five years, on the state of intersexual affairs, especially as it pertains to the very real issue of sinking birthrates.