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The Information and Communications in Japan has been published annually by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for the purpose of making the Japanese public aware of the current status and trend of telecommunications policies in Japan since 1973. This marks the 31st issue.
Until 2000, the now-defunct Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications published an annual white paper, Communications in Japan (Status Report on Communications). In line with the shift to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications after the reshuffle of government ministries, it decided to modify and publish the report from 2001 so that it would provide more solid information on measures and policies and data related to an electronic government and regional informatization, as well as, from the viewpoint of reflecting its content better, to change its title to Information and Communications in Japan (Status Report on Information and Communications).
This section provides the outline of the Information and Communications in Japan. If you want to read the full text of it, click on the "Information and Communications White Paper Full Text (Japanese Only)" icon. If you want to read any pre-2000 issue of the Communications in Japan, click on the "Communications in Japan" icon.

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Information and Communications in Japan 2013 (summary)Technology Policy

  • Chapter1Utilizing “Smart ICT” Advancement to Create New Values
  • Chapter2Utilizing ICT to Solve Social Challenges
  • Chapter3Attaining Safe, Secure ICT Utilization Environment and R&D Strategy
  • Chapter4Current State of ICT
  • Chapter5Outlook for Information and Communications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2012 (summary)

  • Chapter1ICT — Keystone of Economic Growth Strategy, and Its Expansion into the Global Marke
  • Chapter2Transformation of ICT Industries and Society, induced and accelerated by “Smart Revolution”
  • Chapter3Lessons of the Great Earthquake and the Role of ICT
  • Chapter4Current State of ICT
  • Chapter5Outlook for Information and Communications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2011 (summary)

  • Chapter1How has ICT Changed People`s Lifestyles?
  • Chapter2Response to Emerging Challenges
  • Chapter3Possibilities Engendered by a Symbiotic Networked Society
  • Chapter4Current State of ICT
  • Chapter5Outlook for Information and Communications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2010 (summary)

  • Chapter1Revitalizing Local Communities and Regenerating "Ties" via ICT
  • Chapter2Environmental Burden Reduction and Local Revitalization via
  • Chapter3Boosting Economic Growth and Competitiveness via ICT
  • Chapter4Current State of ICT
  • Chapter5Outlook for Information and Communications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2009 (summary)

  • Chapter1Channels Linking ICT with Growth
  • Chapter2Problems Global Economy and Japan's ICT
  • Chapter3Three Challenges Facing Japan's Revival
  • Chapter4Update on ICT
  • Chapter5Outlook for Information and Telecommunications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2008 (summary)

  • Chapter1Realization of Dynamic Ubiquitous Network Society
  • Chapter2Current Status of Information and Communications
  • Chapter3Outlook for Information and Telecommunications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2007 (summary)

  • Chapter1Progress of Ubiquitous Economy and Global Expansion
  • Chapter2Current Status of Information and Communications
  • Chapter3Outlook for Information and Telecommunications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2006 (summary)

  • Chapter1Ubiquitous Economy
  • Chapter2Current Status of Information and Communications
  • Chapter3Outlook for Information and Telecommunications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2005 (summary)

  • Chapter1Stirrings of u-Japan
  • Chapter2Current Status of Information and Communications
  • Chapter3Trends of Information and Communications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2004 (summary)

  • Chapter1Building a Ubiquitous Network Society That Spreads Throughout the World
  • Chapter2Current Status of Information and Communications
  • Chapter3Trends of Information and Communications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2003 (summary)

  • Chapter1Feature: Building a “New, Japan-Inspired IT Society”
  • Chapter2Current Status of Information and Communications
  • Chapter3Trends of Information and Communications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2002 (summary) (PDF)

  • Chapter1Feature : Stirring of the IT-Prevalent Society
  • Chapter2Current Status of Information and Communications
  • Chapter3Trends in Information and Communications Policies

Information and Communications in Japan 2001 (summary)

  • Chapter1The Accelerating IT Revolition
  • Chapter2Current Status of Information and Communications
  • Chapter3Trends in Information and Communications Policy
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