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VN tech firms to expand in Japan

Update: March, 17/2018 - 09:00
FPT’s chairman Trương Gia Bình speaks at the inauguration ceremony of the firm’s sixth representative office in Japan. — VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Hà
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Japan, one of the global leaders in implementing the 4.0 industrial revolution, is witnessing strong investment from Việt Nam’s information technology (IT) firms.

Currently, there are some 20 IT companies in Việt Nam with branches in Japan.

The Japanese market holds tremendous potential for Việt Nam’s information technology (IT) sector, said Trương Gia Bình, chairman of FPT Corporation.

He said this at the inauguration ceremony of the firm’s sixth representative office in Japan’s Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture on Tuesday.

Việt Nam’s software exports turnover to Japan is expected to increase from US$300 million to $1 billion by 2020, while the number of programmers working for the Japanese market in the future may increase from 10,000 to 300,000, Bình said.

For FPT, the Japanese market accounts for more than half of the company’s global sales.

At present, FPT has more than 400 Japanese customers, including 50 companies on the list of the largest enterprises in the world. FPT’s annual growth rate in Japan is consistently around 30 per cent.

The Việt Nam Software and IT Services Association is encouraging the trend, which will hopefully lay the foundation for turning Việt Nam into a software-export country, according to Bình. 

Regarding Việt Nam’s advantages when investing in Japan, Bình said "the two countries have similar cultures and strong political and socio-economic relations". Moreover, "Việt Nam, with its young population and low-wage human resources, can help Japan rejuvenate its work force in the software industry. Việt Nam is also the source for many Japanese companies in the latest technology fields, such as artificial intelligence, robotics and data analysis".

On November 7, 2017, the CMC Corporation opened its first office in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. It is expected that by 2020, there will be some 1,000 Vietnamese employees working for the Japanese market.

Smaller businesses, such as NAL Việt Nam Joint Stock Company, are also planning to expand in Tokai after opening representative offices in Tokyo and Nagoya.

"Việt Nam has been the second-largest partner of Japan in software and service outsourcing since 2014", FPT Software CEO Hoàng Nam Tiến spoke at the recent Việt Nam IT Day 2018 in Japan.

According to statistics from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the country lacks 100,000 technicians in the fields of information safety, cloud computing and mobile technology.

In terms of new technology, including artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things and robotics, the country is estimated to be short of 600,000 information technology professionals by 2030.

"It is a huge opportunity for Vietnamese enterprises to join hands with their Japanese counterparts to solve the problem of inadequate human resources in this field," Tiến added.  — VNS


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