ICT Policy in Japan


Keiichiro SEKI

Credits / Language / Semester

2Credits / English / Summer


The objective of this class is to provide the ability for policy-making through learning the overview of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Policy in Japan.
ICT is one of general purpose technologies and has huge and wide influence over not only industries but also social lives. Participants would learn Japan's efforts to adapt to environmental changes under ongoing ICT revolution, compared with the era of Industrial revolution.


ICT revolution, Telecommunications Regulation, Fair Competition, Radio Frequency, Internet, Mobile and Broadband Networks, Intellectual Property Rights, Personal Data Protection, Information security, International Competitiveness


This class contains Japan's policies and legislations on fixed and mobile broadband network deployment, competition promotion in telecommunications sector, Internet diffusion, radio frequency allocation, convergence of telecommunications and broadcasting, protection and circulation of intellectual property and personal data, information security, and so on.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, in-class presentations and discussions


Class participation, In-class presentations, and Short memos (1/3 - 1/2 of A4 size) regarding questions and remarks on each class

Required Textbooks

Lecture materials will be provided in each class.

Reference Books

“2013 White Paper Information and Communications in Japan”
”Digital Crossroads" (Jonathan Nuechterlein and Philip Weiser)
"Networks in Telecommunications" (Daniel Spulber and Christopher Yoo)

Notes on Taking the Course

The grounding on Information and communications will be explained in this course.
You are not allowed to take "Case Study (Legal Policy 1)”, as this class covers some of the same topics.

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