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On the Announcement of the Electronic Design and Solution Fair 2007

Naoyuki Akikusa

Naoyuki Akikusa
Japan Electronic and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA)

(also Chairman and Representative Director, Fujitsu Limited)

The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) will be hosting the Electronic Design and Solution Fair 2007 at the Pacifico Yokohama on January 25 & 26, 2007. This will be the 14th time that this event has been held, including EDSFair's predecessor, the EDA TechnoFair.

The goal of EDSFair is to introduce and disseminate information about the latest design solutions, design technologies, and EDA technologies required to produce the semiconductors and electronic systems for the IT applications that will form the foundation of the future information society, whose citizens will enjoy a ubiquitous computing environment. The fair thus contributes to the development of electronics and other IT-related industries.

From the second half of last year there have been signs of recovery in Japan's electronics industry, with both production and exports on the rise, and this recovery has been gathering momentum this year. This is especially noticeable in the fields of semiconductors and displays, where a growing number of companies are increasing their capital investment.

JEITA forecasts that this year Japan's electronics industry will achieve a 2.3% increase over last year in its domestic production. Depending on business conditions in the second half, it is possible that the final figure may even exceed ¥20 trillion. Furthermore, this upturn is not limited in scope: everything from components and semiconductors to home IT appliances and mobile phones are expected to benefit from growing demand.

Nevertheless, facing increased competition in the international arena, Japan's industries as a whole need to enhance their competitive power, and this requires innovations on many different levels. It is therefore of critical importance that we foster the industry's human resources - particularly the engineers needed to realize these innovations.

“World-Leading Technologies - Yours to Discover” is the theme of this Electronic Design and Solution Fair 2007. You will find on display world-class, cutting-edge technologies tailored for an age that demands new solutions. There are a variety of seminars and a conference offering a wide range of up-to-date information. There are open sessions catering to young engineers, new zones that bring together both Japanese and foreign venture businesses, as well as initiatives for promoting substantive technical exchanges between industry, academia and government.

It is the fervent desire of all of us in JEITA that EDSFair will contribute to enhancing the design technologies available to Japan's electronic and IT industries, and also that both visitors and exhibitors will be able to make the best use of the opportunities afforded by this event for conducting effective and fruitful exchanges of information, and for generating new business.

We greatly look forward to the participation of many companies and professionals in this upcoming trade show.