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Highlights: September 2008 Issue

SPECIAL REPORT: Under-the-Radar Technology (Part One)

Japan may in fact be the home of a great number of centers of excellence in technology research in specific fields.  In this Part One of a two-part Special Report on Japan’s under-the-radar technologies, we exclusively highlight a few  interesting developments at several lesser-known Japanese companies, as well as lesser-known technologies of larger firms, revealed to us by some of our tied-in industry and academic sources.

The wide range of activity at lesser-known firms is an indication that there may be more going on than would seem apparent either by examining the aggregate data or closely following the name-brand firms. We asked our sources to highlight technologies they deem to have a likelihood of having significant impact over the medium-term (two to four years). What we received, which may be even more significant, are stories of enterprises transforming themselves with each additional step they take to understand the potential of their research efforts..

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Is Japan Ready to Embrace the Global Delivery Model?: The Wipro Japan Story

After a decade in Japan’s domestic market, India’s giant IT outsourcing companies have adapted to Japan and are learning how to offer themselves up. Not only for traditional outsourcing of companies' IT processes, but also for higher end tasks such as product engineering, and software and hardware design.

But this sector grows more crowded all the time.  How will the 'Big Four' Indian outsourcing firms (Tata, Infosys, Wipro and Satyam) fare as Japanese firms consider outsourcing their largest and most critical tasks?  Wipro Japan's president offers detailed insight into the direction of the market as well as the Indian global service delivery model.  If your firm participates in the technology service sector or you work for firms like Accenture, IBM, Nihon Unisys, NTT Data, NEC, Hitachi or CTC, this in-depth profile is a must-read.

A Specialist Offers Advice: "Power to the People -- New Developments in Japan's Electricity Market?"

Thirteen years after it started, not only has electricity deregulation Japanese-style failed to deliver on most of its earlier expectations, critics argue, but many investors also felt cheated, disillusioned or both. What happened? Do investment opportunities still exist in Japan’s liberalizing market? What can we reasonably expect for the future?

Our specialist contributor this month, a PhD specialist in and former investment analyst of Japan's electricity and utility markets, dissects the political environment and business imperatives surrounding the development of electricity deregulation in Japan, and predicts what may come next as Japan seeks alternative solutions to its energy needs.

Japan Insight: Get the Scoop

Soren Celinder Leaves Pfizer, Goes Fishing...While Iwasaki Soothes Feelings...and Pfizer Seeks to Avoid Staff Cut Expenses in Nagoya; Etc.

From the Editors

The Silver Lining in Real Estate Bankruptcies

Plus much more...

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