Japan's Digital Technology Skills Shortage and Its Impact on the Economy: A Summary of Richard Kratz's Article
I came across an article authored by Richard Kratz, which can be found at the following link. In his article, he provides an accurate assessment of the Japanese economy. Here, I will provide a summary of his key points to make it easier for English language learners in Japan to understand.
… Japan has a problem: there aren't enough people who know how to work with digital technology. Even though Japanese high school students are really good at math and science, not many of them choose to work with digital technology or science. Because of this, there is a shortage of people who can help make computers and other technology work. This is a big problem because many companies need these people to make their businesses better.
The problem is made worse because many Japanese companies use old computer systems that are very complicated. They don't want to change because it would be too expensive, and they don't have enough people who know how to use the new systems. This means that their old systems are causing big problems, like losing important data and breaking down a lot.
The shortage of people who know how to work with digital technology is also making it hard for the economy to grow. Japan needs more than a million people who know how to work with technology, but there are only around 1.13 million. This means that companies can't use the latest and best technology to make their businesses better. If Japan doesn't fix this problem, the country could lose a lot of money and the economy could be much smaller than it should be...
One way to fix Japan's problem of not having enough people who know how to work with computers is for the government to make more classes and programs that teach about digital technology. Companies could also give their workers more chances to learn and get better at using computers. Another idea is to bring in people from other countries who are good at working with computers to help fill the gap.
Lots of other countries have already done things like this to make sure they have enough people who are good at using computers. For example, the United States has special programs to help students become experts in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). China has made big investments in its schools and has worked with technology companies to train skilled workers. South Korea has a program to teach everyone about technology and has spent a lot of money to make new technology. Singapore has a really good education system that focuses on technology and has attracted really smart people from all over the world.
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