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Excerpted from the Japan Career Guide

Japan is Asia’s most established IT power. The country accounts for 12 percent of global IT hardware production, and is the world's second-largest producer of software products after the US, according to SERI Quarterly. Japan has become the main supplier of IT components to Asia. But lately that dominance is weakening. Japan's IT device industry is declining, although its electronics parts industry has maintained a strong competitive edge.

Areas of Job Promise

While the IT hiring outlook in Japan remains ‘somewhat mixed,’ according to specialist recruiter Hays, the most optimistic hiring expectations are for experienced financial IT professionals who understand both the IT and the business side and can communicate with off-shore teams to implement key systems. While new technologies have led to increased demand for the appropriate talent, consistent and underlying demand has remained for core technical experts. Contract roles have also increased in number as many companies become more open to this method of recruitment.

Organizations and Trade Associations

 International Computer Association (ICA)
http://www.icajapan.jp/ (English, Japanese)
Established in 1970, the ICA has grown into one of Japan's largest, most influential organizations covering information technology and business in Japan. The ICA provides a forum for information exchange, networking and identification of business expansion opportunities with many of the key movers and shakers in Japan. It holds a variety of events from educational seminars to roundtable discussions, often in coordination with other influential organizations. ICA events are great places to network with other professionals in Japan. The ICA has an email invitation list of more than 1,500 IT professionals, business leaders, entrepreneurs and financial specialists in Japan, and events routinely attract 150 or more participants.

Publications

IDG Publications 
http://www.idg.co.jp/ (Japanese)
This is one of the largest IT publishers in the world. It carries three publications for the Japanese market. This website also offers IT news and business, books and industry expositions. This is the website to check for industry fairs, conferences and conventions.

IDG Japan, Inc.
Nisseki Takanawa Bldg. 8F2-18-10 Takanawa
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5793-9777

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Japan Guide.




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