On January 23, 2015, Fujitsu Asia Conference in Shanghai was held at the InterContinental Shanghai Puxi. This was the 6th Fujitsu Asia Conference held following Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Under the theme of Human Centric Innovation, together with a variety of guests we discussed how ICT can contribute to solving social issues currently faced in China, including energy, an aging society, natural disasters, and environmental problems such as pollution. Attracting over 280 customers, partners, and media representatives, the conference was a great success.
Fujitsu's efforts in China
Fujitsu Asia Conference in Shanghai opened with an address by Masaki Kajiyama, CEO of Fujitsu China Holdings Co., Ltd. At the start of the conference, Kajiyama emphasized that he would like to contribute to solving social issues facing China using Fujitsu's experience in Japan, as well as its capabilities in technological R&D and solutions suited to the Chinese market.
Challenges to solving social issues in China using ICT
Next, Tatsuya Tanaka, SVP, Head of Asia Region of Fujitsu, took the stage to introduce Fujitsu Group's activities in Asia.
Fujitsu began business in China in 1974, and has expanded to a current level of 46 Fujitsu Group companies, with approximately 20,000 employees.
Tanaka emphasized that Asian countries, especially, China face various social issues, such as traffic congestion, environmental pollution, and energy shortage challenges associated with economic development and urbanization, and the urgent need to solve these issues.
As a demonstration of Fujitsu's efforts to overcome these issues using ICT, Tanaka introduced specific technologies and solutions; smart traffic solutions for efficient transportation and logistics; video monitoring solutions for forest fires; and digitization of ancient documents to preserve cultural heritage.
"China's Smart City Project Designing the Future"
Guest speaker, Prof. WAN BIYU, Chief Engineer of Research, Center of Digital City of MOHURD took the stage next. He explained the current situation and future prospects of the "National Smart City Project" announced in China at the end of 2012, under his presentations title "Current Situation of China's Smart City Project Designing the Future."
"Challenges to Achieving Business Innovation and a Prosperous Society - Human Centric Innovation -"
Next, Masahiro Koezuka, Corporate Executive Officer Vice Chairman of Fujitsu, took the stage to present a keynote speech, explaining that ICT was the key to solving issues, such as population growth and aging, urbanization, and environmental pollution facing China. He also talked about realization of "Human Centric Innovation," the theme of this conference, while introducing business cases in Asia and other regions, such as medical data sharing by connecting electronic medical records and a solution for providing a stable energy supply using smart meters.
Coming of a new future
In the second half of the conference, a business session was held with the theme "How Will the Future be Different? - Coming of a New World - 'Hyperconnected World.'" Mr. Li Shuchong, CCID Consulting CEO, the largest consulting firm in China, acted as moderator.
In the first half of the business session, Mr. Majun, Board Member, VP, CHANGAN Automobile and Dr. GU Zequan, Smart-City Division GM, Beijing Jetsen Technology, took the stage. Mr. Majun explained the importance of using Big Data in the automobile industry and providing examples, while Dr. GU Zequan explained smart education in the future and the importance of a people-oriented educational environment.
As the second half of the business session continued, Shinsuke Hamada, Head of Office, CSR, Fujitsu and Dr. Sun Jun, Chief Researcher of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. took the stage.
Hamada explained appropriate business continuity measures for companies based on Fujitsu's experience in the Great East Japan Earthquake. From his disaster experience at the Fujitsu Isotec (FIT) desktop PC production factory in Fukushima Prefecture, he stressed the importance of having a business continuity plan (BCP) and emphasized that he "would like to share Fujitsu's knowledge and experience with other countries in Asia."
Next, Dr. Sun Jun introduced Fujitsu Laboratories research and development efforts for state-of-the-art ICT solutions to solve various social issues. He provided details about the digitization of ancient documents and the video monitoring solution introduced by Tanaka at the start of the conference, and emphasized, "Fujitsu will continue to focus on ICT that supports people in the future to achieve business innovation and a prosperous society."
Finally, Yasuhiro Kano, Vice President, Promotion Planning Division, Marketing UNIT talked about Fujitsu's concept of Human Centric Innovation, the theme of this conference. Kano emphasized the importance of the three management resources of people, information, and infrastructure, as elements to create innovation. He concluded the conference by stating, "We would like to establish business innovation and a prosperous society in China through co-creation with each of you, using ICT".
Masaki Kajiyama CEO of Fujitsu China Holdings Co., Ltd.
Tatsuya Tanaka SVP, Head of Asia Region
Prof. WAN BIYU Chief Engineer of Research
Center of Digital City of MOHURD
Masahiro Koezuka Corporate Executive Officer Vice Chairman
Mr. Li Shuchong CCID Consulting CEO
Mr. Majun Board Member, VP
Dr. GU Zequan Smart-City Division GM
Beijing Jetsen Technology
Shinsuke Hamada Head of Office, CSR
Dr. Sun Jun Chief Researcher
Fujitsu Research China
Yasuhiro Kano Vice President, Promotion Planning Division,
I was impressed by Fujitsu's efforts focused on addressing global social issues.
I understand how Fujitsu's Human Centric approach can be applied globally.
I have a renewed understanding of Fujitsu many technologies.