Table of contents


Vision

Mission

Value

1: Society

1.1: IT Threats

1.1.1: Security Weakness

1.1.2: Computer Viruses & Unauthorized Access

1.1.3: Security Help Desk

1.1.4: e-Government

1.1.5: Security Awareness

1.1.6: White Paper & Security Threats

1.1.7: Protection

1.2: Software

1.2.1: Software Reliability

1.2.2: Software Development

1.2.3: Software Quality

1.3: Networking

1.3.1: System Reliability

1.3.2: Information Security

2: Future

2.1: IT Engineer Expertise

2.2: Industry-Academic Collaboration

2.2.1: IT Education

2.2.2: IT Human Resource Information

2.3: Human Resources

2.3.1: MITOH Program

2.3.2: Security Camp

2.3.3: Regional Revitalization

2.3.4: Learning System & Curriculum

3: SMEs

3.1: IT SMEs

3.1.1: Recognition

3.1.2: IT SME Development Environment

3.2: SME Computerization

3.2.1: Cloud Services

3.2.2: Security

4: Connection

4.1: Security

4.1.1: IT Products

4.1.2: Encryption Products

4.1.3: Encryption Standard

4.2: IT-based Society

4.2.1: IT Procurement

4.2.2: Ruby

4.2.3: IPA Fonts

4.3: Internationalization

4.3.1: Competitiveness

4.3.2: Human Resource Exchange

4.3.3: Ruby



StrategicPlan

About IPA

Source:
http://www.ipa.go.jp/english/about/index.html

Start: End: Publication Date: 2013-07-30

Submitter:

First name: Owen

Last name: Ambur

Email Address: Owen.Ambur@verizon.net

Organization:

Name: Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan

Acronym: IPA

Description: IPA:INFORMATION-TECHNOLOGY PROMOTION AGENCY, JAPAN was established originally as a Specially-Approved Corporation, based on the Law on Promotion of Information Processing (enacted May 22,1970,Law No.90). By amendments enacted on December 11,2002(Low No. 144), lPA was reorganized to become an lncorporated Administrative Agency dated January 5, 2004

Stakeholder(s):

Kazumasa Fujie: Chairman

Hisaya Tanaka: Vice Chairman

Jouji Tateishi: Executive Director

Kenichi Shimomura: Auditor

Michiharu Sakurai : Auditor (part time)

Vision

Invigorating Japan through IT

Mission

* Assuring the security and reliability of social IT services and systems *Strengthening international competitiveness * Cultivating highly skilled world-class IT human resources


Goal 1: Society

Creating a Secure and Reliable IT-based Society

Objective(s):

1.1: IT Threats

1.1.1: Security Weakness

1.1.2: Computer Viruses & Unauthorized Access

1.1.3: Security Help Desk

1.1.4: e-Government

1.1.5: Security Awareness

1.1.6: White Paper & Security Threats

1.1.7: Protection

1.2: Software

1.2.1: Software Reliability

1.2.2: Software Development

1.2.3: Software Quality

1.3: Networking

1.3.1: System Reliability

1.3.2: Information Security


Other Information:

IT Security / Software Engineering -- Today, preventing IT trouble is an issue for society as a whole. IPA aims to realize a secure IT-based society through improved security measures and software development.

Objective 1.1: IT Threats

Protecting Society against IT Threats

Other Information:

An IT-based society inevitably has IT “enemies” such as computer viruses which threaten security. IPA responds to such threats to help make IT-based society safer.

Objective 1.1.1: Security Weakness

Eliminating Security Weakness

Other Information:

Security vulnerabilities in IT systems ordinarily go undetected, but problems occur when third parties exploit these vulnerabilities. Therefore, eliminating vulnerabilities is important to ensuring system security. IPA has a formidable capacity to collect information on vulnerabilities; we operate a website in cooperation with developers and other engineers to make information on vulnerability countermeasures freely available.

Objective 1.1.2: Computer Viruses & Unauthorized Access

Preventing Computer Virus Infection and Unauthorized Access

Other Information:

Computer viruses are malicious programs working without authorization inside IT systems; they leak important data and destroy systems. Unauthorized access refers to the external infiltration of IT systems without permission, and may involve overwriting websites (tampering) and stealing data. These malicious acts not only cause serious damage to IT systems, but also cause major social and fi nancial damage to system users. To protect users from these threats, IPA collects, studies and analyzes information on information security issues, and disseminates the latest alerts and information. IPA strives, through these activities, to realize a society where everyone can use IT systems, worry-free and in comfort.

Objective 1.1.3: Security Help Desk

Field enquiries regarding malware and unauthorized access, and give technical advice.

Stakeholder(s):

Japanese Citizens

Other Information:

IPA established the Security Help Desk to field general enquiries regarding malware - including computer viruses - and unauthorized access, and give technical advice, so all citizens can use IT, worry-free. IPA痴 help desks provide information through the website FAQ page to alleviate user concerns and offers further assistance to telephone, e-mail, fax, or postal enquiries.

Objective 1.1.4: e-Government

Improving e-Government Security and Reliability

Stakeholder(s):

Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Other Information:

The government pursues an ongoing e-Government policy through the computerization of administrative work, which was until now paper-based, and is using IT for various procedures and information dissemination. Given the nature of the data handled, e-Government requires the strictest security and reliability to protect valuable information on citizens. As such, IPA jointly operates a project with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and other institutions to examine and evaluate encryption technology, and has published the e-Government Recommended Ciphers List, a list of usable encryption technology for e-Government. The encryption technology on this list-the security of which is constantly monitored by the project-can also be used by corporate and other users as information security measures for their IT systems.

Objective 1.1.5: Security Awareness

Increasing Security Awareness

Other Information:

IPA publishes reports on the development and research results into security technology and releases them on its website. These reports are aimed at disseminating accurate information to general users for them to use IT systems with an appropriate knowledge of security issues.

Objective 1.1.6: White Paper & Security Threats

Analyze information security trends and future prospects in Japan and the world.

Other Information:

Information Security White Paper & 10 Major Security Threats -- This annual white paper analyzes information security trends and future prospects in Japan and the world. The paper has various uses as reference material for IT system users and administrators to learn about information security and as a text on future countermeasures for people working with information security. The second part of the white paper identifies the 10 Major Security Threats, based on vulnerability reports received by IPA and general news reports. This list compiled by the 10 Major Security Threats Authors' Committee, which comprises researchers and practitioners in the information security field, is a good resource on what risks threaten the IT world, today, and the latest trends.

Objective 1.1.7: Protection

Protect the security of our IT-based society.

Other Information:

Protecting the Future of Our IT-based Society -- Advances in IT bring an increased risk of new, hitherto unimaginable dangers, so IPA established the Threat and Countermeasure Committee for experts across disciplines to gather and share their knowledge and expertise. The committee will investigate and analyze the new types of dangers threatening IT systems, consider countermeasures, and publish the results for users. The aim of the committee is to protect the security of our IT-based society long into the future.

Objective 1.2: Software

Dependable Software

Other Information:

In order that we enjoy the benefit of IT safely, software and systems must be developed with decent qualityand reliability. IPA strives to create technical measures, making most of its position as a public organization, to improve dependability of software keeping its neutrality.

Objective 1.2.1: Software Reliability

Improving Software Reliability

Other Information:

When developing reliable software, outsourcers and developers must consult each other thoroughly to clearly establish the requirements and deadlines, and manage quality and costs. In the past, software development often began without a clear purpose for the end product. This led to scheduling problems, overblown budgets and an unusable product. However, it is hard to achieve improvements when multiple companies are involved because development know-how is a closely guarded asset for each company. As a public institution unbiased towards any entity, IPA has highlighted these problem areas and is working to improve software reliability by providing ‘yardstick’ tools, which visibly measure quality.

Objective 1.2.2: Software Development

Supporting Quality Software Development

Other Information:

IPA seeks to solve issues in all areas of software development. Enterprise software: Enterprise software supports infrastructure, such as railways and electricity. IPA is promoting the streamlining and spread of administration procedures in this area, including efficient procedures for developing reliable information systems, as well as transparency (visibility) and measurement (status quo analysis) in a field involving many large-scale systems. Embedded software: Embedded software is built into household appliance, automobiles and other devices, and serves to operate (control) its host device. Since the software quality is linked to the product quality, IPA is working in this field to streamline and spread practical development procedures to efficiently develop quality embedded software. Integrated Software: Integrated software interconnects various pieces of software and operates on networks. Due to the recent increase in the importance of this field, IPA is working to spread and promote reliable software development and administration technology, which places importance on the planning stage, and measures to improve reliability.

Objective 1.2.3: Software Quality

Assuring Software Quality

Other Information:

Recently, users are unconvinced when software companies, themselves, tout their products as being of a high quality. However, evaluating advanced software can be difficult in some cases, because the technology used is too advanced. Therefore, a system is required that will verify software quality from an unbiased perspective and help users make informed judgments. IPA operates a system in which third-parties independent from software companies and users evaluate software quality and this information is provided in an understandable format for the average user with no technical knowledge. This system provides everyone with objective proof of the software's quality and enable people to confidently select a product.

Objective 1.3: Networking

Adapting to the Network Era

Other Information:

In recent years, the rapid advancement in network technology, not only in computing, but also in the familiar areas of home appliances and automobiles, has lead to increased calls for new ways to combat external threats. IPA responds to such changes by improving software reliability over networks and ensuring information security.

Objective 1.3.1: System Reliability

Assuring System Reliability

Other Information:

The IT systems that uphold infrastructure and corporate activities consist of various software combinations. A reliable system structure is crucial, but simply building a system with reliable software does not necessarily ensure the system itself is reliable. In fact, only 30% of system failures are caused by software defects and the majority reasons lie elsewhere. Therefore, IPA strives to improve overall system reliability and software reliability, establish procedures that can be implemented early on in the planning and system maintenance stages, systemize design procedures (technology) for greater reliability, and nurture engineers proficient in these technologies. Today, networks are becoming more advanced; we can easily access the Internet from our mobile phones, and even our household appliances. IT systems are also evolving into complex integrated systems, which connect an infinite number of embedded software and information network systems. While mutual connectivity creates new worth, the safety of the entire system is not guaranteed no matter how reliable the individual products or software are. These are the kinds of new issues that IPA investigates.

Objective 1.3.2: Information Security

Assuring Information Security in the Network Era

Other Information:

The development of networks has brought with it new demand for software security. For example, external attacks on railways, power stations, and other largescale systems will have serious repercussions for society as a whole. The need to be equipped against the new threat of external attacks is greater, since televisions and other appliances, which were once independent, are now connected to networks. In other areas such as automobiles, where interlinked software combines to operate devices, multifaceted verification processes are imperative to ensure safety. IPA conducts investigative research into issues involving such changes in overall software development, and makes the results publicly available.


Goal 2: Future

Creating a Better IT Future.

Objective(s):

2.1: IT Engineer Expertise

2.2: Industry-Academic Collaboration

2.2.1: IT Education

2.2.2: IT Human Resource Information

2.3: Human Resources

2.3.1: MITOH Program

2.3.2: Security Camp

2.3.3: Regional Revitalization

2.3.4: Learning System & Curriculum


Other Information:

IT Human Resources Development -- A skilled workforce is integral to improving Japan痴 international competitiveness in IT. IPA continues to cultivate human resources through holding information processing engineer exams, adopting IT engineer expertise standards and collaborating with the industrial and academic sectors.

Objective 2.1: IT Engineer Expertise

Creating Standards to Measure IT Engineer Expertise

Stakeholder(s):

IT Engineers in Japan

Other Information:

The ITEE is the preeminent national examination in Japan for IT, and is trusted as the most extensive test of an individual' IT-related knowledge and skills. ITEE and three other skill standards are used to nurture human resources in the IT field. These tests are just another way in which IPA supports the development of Japan's IT workforce.

Objective 2.2: Industry-Academic Collaboration

Industry-Academic Collaboration in Cultivating IT Human Resources

Stakeholder(s):

Industries in Japan

Academic Institutions in Japan

Other Information:

Cultivating excellent human resources to strengthen international competitiveness through IT is an important social issue, so the industry and Academic need to collaborate and share a vision for nurturing IT human resources for the future. Working with the government, IPA promotes the development of practical IT education through industry and academic collaboration in high schools and other educational institutions.

Objective 2.2.1: IT Education

Provide practical IT education designed to be useful on the job.

Other Information:

Towards More Practical IT Education -- The most effective means of developing IT human resources capable of functioning in industry workplaces is for universities, vocational colleges and such to provide practical IT education designed to be useful on the job. Recent surveys have shown that those who have received a practical education are useful in their business activities to corporations. For this reason, the IPA is forging industry-university partnerships to create a framework for practical IT education. By providing information-related faculties and disciplines at universities with information on practical curriculum made in collaboration with corporations as well as a broad range of know-how, the IPA seeks to create an environment in which the effects can be seen as quickly as possible.

Objective 2.2.2: IT Human Resource Information

Providing Information on IT Human Resource Cultivation

Other Information:

IPA collects survey results on IT human resource trends, analyzes the topics and themes by fiscal year, and publishes the results as the White Paper on IT professionals. We also publish practical IT educational examples and curricula in collaboration with industry and Academic on the IT Human Resource Cultivation iPedia, an informational website.

Objective 2.3: Human Resources

Discovering and Cultivating Outstanding Human Resources

Other Information:

Discovering and developing outstanding human resources is a crucial issue for the future evolution of today痴 IT-based society. IPA runs a socially meaningful project for the active discovery and development in the early stages for superior human resources, the next generation of our IT-based society.

Objective 2.3.1: MITOH Program

Discover and develop outstanding human resources with the creativity and capability to create new IT markets.

Other Information:

Exploratory IT Human Resources Project (The MITOH Program) -- IPA runs the Exploratory IT Human Resources Project (The MITOH Program) with the aim of discovering and developing outstanding human resources with the creativity and capability to create new IT markets. Coaches (project managers) who have excellent skills and achievements, discover and nurture the "creators" chosen through public advertisement. To date, the project has produced 238 "Super Creators" certified special outstanding human resources - who are active in a various fields around the world as human resources, opening new IT fields.

Objective 2.3.2: Security Camp

Sponsor a free camp-style training program for young people

Stakeholder(s):

Young People in Japan

Other Information:

IPA sponsors a free camp-style training program for young people under 22 years old with a specific level of IT knowledge and skill. People in the fore of their fields are invited as lecturers to teach at this annual camp. The aim of the camp is the early discovery and nurturing of advanced IT human resources. For the participants, the camp is a place to learn practical knowledge about the latest technological trends through intensive lectures and is a ideal chance to think about their futures. New communities and human networks are expected to arise from these young people interacting and studying with like-minded people. Accordingly, IPA focuses on expanding the base to discover and nurture advanced IT human resources in the younger generation, and providing them with opportunities to meet people from various companies through the close cooperation with Security Camp Executive Committee established by private companies and related organizations.

Objective 2.3.3: Regional Revitalization

Regional Revitalization through Developing Human Resource

Other Information:

The software industry is expected to be a leading force in regional economic growth. "New Enterprise Support Organizations" are designated by local governments to develop IT-related human resources. 14 local software centers across Japan funded by IPA are included among this type of organization. IPA, in collaboration with these "New Enterprise Support Organizations", is focusing on supporting the development of regional IT human resources, and the computerization of SMEs.

Objective 2.3.4: Learning System & Curriculum

Organize a learning system and creating a model curriculum for nurturing IT engineers who can use open source software

Stakeholder(s):

Open Source Software Engineers

Japan

China

Korea

Other Information:

Other Efforts for Developing Human Resources -- IPA is also organizing a learning system and creating a model curriculum for nurturing IT engineers who can use open source software ... This model curriculum is being used for joint Japan-China-Korea studies into human resource development.


Goal 3: SMEs

Supporting SMEs

Stakeholder(s):

SMEs

Objective(s):

3.1: IT SMEs

3.1.1: Recognition

3.1.2: IT SME Development Environment

3.2: SME Computerization

3.2.1: Cloud Services

3.2.2: Security


Other Information:

Strengthen Development Ability of Small and Medium IT Enterprises / Improve IT Capabilities of Small and Medium Enterprises -- Small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the power source behind Japanese industry. IPA supports the increased competitiveness of IT-related SMEs and provides information on improving the use of IT in SMEs.

Objective 3.1: IT SMEs

Supporting IT SMEs

Stakeholder(s):

IT SMEs in Japan

Other Information:

IT SMEs are a big power that support Japan痴 IT industry, but in reality are at a disadvantage for various reasons when compared to major IT enterprises. IPA wants to contribute to the strong development of the entire IT industry by supporting the activities of such IT SMEs.

Objective 3.1.1: Recognition

Recognizing Enterprises that Cultivated Human Resources and Achieved Results

Other Information:

IPA established the IT Vendor HRD Award for SME for Excellence to honor IT SMEs that achieved results in nurturing human resources. The awarded enterprises have higher name recognition and can, of course, expect to reap benefits when recruiting personnel and in business transactions. The purpose of the award is for all participating enterprises to diagnose the state of their human resource development and have the opportunity to receive suggestions for nurturing even better human resources.

Objective 3.1.2: IT SME Development Environment

Improving the IT SME Development Environment

Stakeholder(s):

IT SMEs

Other Information:

Many IT SMEs are at a disadvantage when compared with major IT enterprises, because they have less accumulated development achievements and knowledge. IPA supports the improvement in the development environments of such enterprises by providing them with a Software Development Project Visual Tool, which helps engineers quantitatively grasp software development progress, the Quantitative Data-based Project Diagnostic Tool, which enables enterprises to evaluate their projects against other corporate examples, the Stand-alone Project Diagnostic Tool, which helps engineers objectively grasp project characteristics and direction, and other tools.

Objective 3.2: SME Computerization

Supporting SME Computerization

Stakeholder(s):

SMEs in Japan

Other Information:

The difference in the progress in IT levels between major enterprises and SMEs is large. To improve this situation, IPA supports the computerization of SMEs and is making various efforts for all enterprises to enjoy the benefits of computerization. Supporting the Computerization of SMEs -- Even if SMEs want to computerize, many cannot introduce the ideal system for their needs, because they cannot secure human resources with high IT knowledge. IPA provides their staff in charge of the areas involved in the system construction procedure - internal standardization and quality control - with reference samples for creating a system to meet their aims and objectives. For business managers deciding on the cost effects of an IT system, we also provide guides containing easy explanations of the difficult-to understand jargon required to order a system. All this information is released via our website and is freely available to anyone who abides with the conditions of use.

Objective 3.2.1: Cloud Services

Opening up the Latest Technology to SMEs

Other Information:

Recently, cloud services have gained attention in the IT world. In cloud computing, specialist enterprises administer and maintain the IT system and data located on one side of the Internet. The users on the other side access the required service using their computers, when required. The biggest merits of cloud services for SMEs are that they can computerize without purchasing expensive IT systems, and do not have the burden of developing and operating their own systems. However, the method of applying cloud services to their business, security, and other issues need to be addressed. IPA gathers information about the use of cloud services for SMEs and publishes it on the website with the expectation that this information will further stimulate the computerization of SMEs. For more details on the Guide to Safe Cloud Service Use for SMEs and Cloud Enterprise Reference Guide to Information Disclosure http://www.ipa.go.jp/security/cloud/tebiki_guide.html

Objective 3.2.2: Security

Releases various tools for SMEs on our website and offer support for the implementation of security countermeasures.

Other Information:

Towards Tighter Security -- Many SMEs understand the importance of information security, but agonize over what specific measures they should take, and make little progress in the implementation of countermeasures. However, the effects on society of information leaks and other incidents on today痴 network society are great. Even SMEs require proper security countermeasures. IPA releases various tools for SMEs on its website and offers support for the implementation of security countermeasures.


Goal 4: Connection

Connecting Japanese IT with the World.

Objective(s):

4.1: Security

4.1.1: IT Products

4.1.2: Encryption Products

4.1.3: Encryption Standard

4.2: IT-based Society

4.2.1: IT Procurement

4.2.2: Ruby

4.2.3: IPA Fonts

4.3: Internationalization

4.3.1: Competitiveness

4.3.2: Human Resource Exchange

4.3.3: Ruby


Other Information:

International Cooperation, Promoting Open Standards, and Strengthening Competitiveness -- IT networks now routinely cross international borders. IPA works to deepen cooperation with other nations in security measures and to bring Japanese technology and procedures up to international standards.

Objective 4.1: Security

Striving for World-class Security

Other Information:

Secure protection is important for everyone to safely use IT. For this reason, IPA operates a scheme in which third-parties objectively evaluate security functionality, so user can safely select products.

Objective 4.1.1: IT Products

Ensuring the Security of IT Products

Other Information:

IPA operates It Security Evaluation and Certification Scheme that evaluates and certifies whether the security of an IT product or a system security is effective and reliable in accordance with the international standard, ISO/IEC 15408. Government bodies and private enterprises use this scheme when procuring IT products. Users benefit when purchasing IT products certified with the international standard, because mutuall recognition of evaluation and certification eliminates the burden of duplicating evaluations of IT products.

Objective 4.1.2: Encryption Products

Ensuring the Safety of Encryption Products

Other Information:

IT systems use various encryption methods to prevent information surveillance and tampering. IPA provides a system to verify and certify whether products that use these encryption methods - e.g. file encryption software and encrypted smart cards - are reliable and safe. This system allows objective evaluation and proof of an encrypted product's reliability and safety when developers and users build encrypted IT systems.

Objective 4.1.3: Encryption Standard

An International Standard for Encryption Technology

Other Information:

IPA makes proactive efforts for the international standardization of encryption technology. We promote the standardization of Japan's encryption technology and internationally contribute as the international convener (chair) of the ISO/IEC JTC1/ SC27/WG2 (encryption and security mechanisms) committee.

Objective 4.2: IT-based Society

Creating an IT-based Society Connecting Everyone

Other Information:

If each enterprise proceeded to develop their own information technologies, each of the systems would, one day, probably be no longer able to connect to each other. From its fair and neutral stance as a public institution, IPA conducts the necessary surveys and releases information to maintain a fixed link between software.

Objective 4.2.1: IT Procurement

Fairer IT System Procurement

Other Information:

Towards Fairer IT System Procurement -- The information system procurement by government needs to be fair and neutral. On its competitive bidding, the requirements must state neutral specifications, avoiding the product names and unique functions. IPA has prepared and published a technical reference model (TRM). TRM gathers the technical information necessary for procurement, and supports the fair procurement of information systems in accordance with government policy. TRM contains the information for creating neutral specifications. - Typical system configuration models - Examples of functional requirements non-specific to certain product names - Non-functional requirements We are promoting these in close collaboration with European and U.S.-affiliated institutions.

Objective 4.2.2: Ruby

Support of Ruby through the release of training materials

Other Information:

Ruby - the Japanese-developed Programming Language -- Ruby is a programming language uniquely invented and developed in Japan which is rapidly gaining attention as original "made in Japan". This outstanding programming language Ruby allows programmers to succinctly write sophisticated programs and is used world wide. IPA supports promotion of Ruby through the release of Ruby training materials, which combine learning materials and a practice environment.

Objective 4.2.3: IPA Fonts

Develop and release IPAmj Mincho Font

Other Information:

For computers to handle characters, the shape of the characters must be digitized and organized in fonts. IPA develops and releases high-definition IPA Font, which can be used on any system for free. The font can be used on any type of system or computer, because they are encoded in accordance with the international standard for character encoding, ISO/IEC 10646. IPA Font has 11,000 characters defined by the JIS (Japanese Industry Standard). However, Japanese Kanji* characters for people's names has tens of thousands of variants (see examples). Local governments need to support the names of their residents by creating each variant character and handling it as original data on their systems. The fact that some fonts could not handle all the variants made it difficult for interoperability between governmental systems. For this reason, IPA developed and released IPAmj Mincho Font - which supports approximately 60,000 characters. With this font, an e-Government which is more convenient to the public is possible. * Kanji: Japanese ideographic characters which share the same origin as China and Korea

Objective 4.3: Internationalization

Continue overseas collaborations in all fields of software-engineering and IT human-resource cultivation.

Other Information:

Various Efforts towards Internationalization -- IPA is continuing overseas collaborations in all fields of software-engineering and IT human-resource cultivation. Through these activities, IPA aims to strengthen the international competitiveness of Japan痴 IT industry by spreading the domestic use of foreign advanced IT technology and promoting outstanding Japanese IT technology around the world.

Objective 4.3.1: Competitiveness

Strengthening the International Competitiveness of Software Development

Other Information:

In collaboration with leading overseas organizations that conduct advanced IT research, IPA is making efforts to spread the use of outstanding software engineering methods from other countries to Japan. Through these activities, IPA aims to provide mainly SMEs with the opportunity to introduce new business tools and improve international competitiveness.

Objective 4.3.2: Human Resource Exchange

International Human Resource Exchange

Stakeholder(s):

India

Singapore

Korea

China

Philippines

Thailand

Viet Nam

Myanmar

Malaysia

Taiwan

Mongolia

Other Information:

Towards International Human Resource Exchange -- IPA has signed mutual recognition agreements for the ITEE ... since 2011 with eleven countries and economies listed below. With this recognition agreement, each country . including Japan . can evaluate their engineers using common criteria, and a smooth exchange of human resources across borders is expected when engineers look for employment in overseas enterprise or when IT enterprises hire local engineers. IPA also has proactively made efforts to introduce and support the IT Skill Standards (ITSS, see P.11) in Asian countries. *ITEE mutual recognition agreement countries and economies India, Singapore, Korea, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Taiwan and Mongolia Under JIS X 3017 Programming language Ruby, the technology can be used with confi dence of long-term availability. By being international standard (ISO), the use of Ruby is expected to spread to the world and to become a popular programming language.

Objective 4.3.3: Ruby

International Expansion of Ruby

Other Information:

The International Expansion of Ruby -- Programming language Ruby became an international standard in April, 2012. Ruby invented and developed in Japan (see p.18), is widely used in many information systems. In order to establish an environment that enables people to use Ruby, with confidence of long-term availability, for a variety of applications including enterprise mission-critical systems, IPA had been moving ahead with standardization of the programming language Ruby. IPA had been creating the written Ruby language specification in collaboration with worldwide Ruby community and experts of standards. The resulting specification was approved and published as ISO/IEC 30170:2012.

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