Waichi Sekiguchi, Senior Staff Writer at Nikkei, says that thanks to “Abenomics”, the Japanese economy has been in good shape for the past four or five years. With the Olympic Games coming to Tokyo in 2020, we started by asking him about how Japan has changed in recent times.
Because of the Olympic Games, all eyes are turning to Japan, and this should stimulate business.
What are Japan’s key manufacturing assets?
We are trying to find new products where Japan can add value, and one of them is 8K TV. The Japanese broadcasting company NHK is trying to push 8K, and the government is very supportive of that project. At the end of 2018, in the run-up to the Olympic Games, 8K broadcasting will already begin.
What moves are Japanese companies making in the area of robotics?
Japan is a country where a lot of robotic “animation” took place over the past years, however Japan’s real know-how lies in the manufacturing of the physical parts of the robots rather than the operating systems or AI.
What have been for you the stand- out products from Japan at this year’s IFA?
When it comes to 8K, I believe Sharp is a real industry leader in terms of R&D.
It already announced it would release its products this year. When it comes to OLED, Sony has taken this technology to make some very attractive products for export markets, and it still has a lot of expertise in TV manufacturing.
8K BROADCASTING WILL BEGIN AT THE END OF 2018
Photo: Waichi Sekiguchi, Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei.