Author: Slate

Speaking in Code: the Growing Importance of Programming Languages

Between the pandemic, supply chain disruptions, extreme weather events, inflation and geopolitical tensions, the coming year looks set to be an unpredictable one. Among the things that can be confidently predicted are that there will be more code written, more software developers and engineers needed and that the programming languages they use will continue to…
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A Quiet Storm is Brewing in Japan’s Offshore Wind Market

The concrete achievements of the recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow were few and limited in scope, but the shift to renewable energy looks unstoppable. And wind power will be a crucial part of the new decarbonised energy systems.    While hydropower remains the biggest source of renewable energy globally by a significant margin, wind is…
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The Dawn of Digital Transformation in Japanese Healthcare

Penetration of digital technology is varying significantly by sector. Along with energy, insurance and the public sector, the global healthcare industry remains something of a laggard in the digitalisation stakes. Japan is far from a digital transformation (DX) pioneer, and healthcare is certainly no exception. However, the nation’s well-documented demographic issues are piling fiscal pressure…
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Gov new Digital Agency – The next step in the war against faxes and hankos?

For many decades a curious mix of high-tech and archaic habits, Japan is now pushing ahead with ambitious plans to digitise its economy and society. The pandemic laid bare some of the issues that have left Japan lagging other advanced economies in the digital transformation (DX) stakes. These included the reliance on faxes to report…
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Japan 2030 Carbon Target Presents Great Opportunities

Japan has seen a change of heart over the last year or so in its approach to decarbonization. The country has moved from paying lip-service to energy transition goals while emphasizing energy security – resulting in limited progress to date – to fully committing to a rapid acceleration towards carbon neutrality, even if that is…
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Growing IT Talent Demand is Squeezing a Pandemic-Disrupted Market

Robots and AI are coming to take our jobs has been a commonly heard refrain in recent years, but it now seems clear that is not going to happen for a good while yet. In fact, as the global economy emerges from the shock of the pandemic, there are severe labour shortages being reported across…
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