JAPAN SPOTLIGHT September/October 2008 issue

September/October issue features the future of the fast digitalizing global economy. What impact is it causing on the Japanese economy? What about its effects on the Japanese digital industry's competitiveness? These and other points are analyzed in a broad perspective by government academic and industry experts such as Etsuhiko Shoyama, president of Hitach Ltd.. , plus specialists from abroad such as George Scalise, president of the US Semiconductor Industry Association. The Japanese Art & Craft column is featuring traditional handicrafts based on Japanese lacquer urushi. Promenade is featuring Masanobu Fukuoka, a father of Natural Farming, who has just passed away at age 95 for old age on 16th of last month.