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Established in 1970, the ICA (International Computer Association) has grown into one of Japan’s largest, most influential organizations covering Information Technology and Business in Japan. The ICA provides a forum for information exchange, networking, and identification of business expansion opportunities with many of the key movers and shakers in Japan. We hold a variety of events from educational seminars to roundtable discussions, often in coordination with other influential organizations. ICA events are great places to network with other professionals in Japan. The ICA has an e-mail invitation list of over 1,500 IT professionals, business leaders, entrepreneurs and financial specialists in Japan and our events routinely attract 150 or more participants.

Monthly Events

The ICA holds monthly dinner meetings with guest speakers and live demos of the latest technologies. The events begin with a networking cocktail party followed dinner. We allow time after the presentations for Q&A and additional networking. Our venue is the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Yurakucho.


We also hold special educational workshops including the Project Management Interest Group (PMIG), which provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas related to project management. Other seminars have included topics on Internet/network security, writing business plans to attract investors, product showcases from specific industries. Upcoming events will cover topics such as E-learning and Job Search.


In 1970, when the ICA first started it was called the “September Club” and described itself as an English language forum to “enable managers and professionals in the information processing field, as well as general business professionals, to keep informed of the changes in business-related technology.” In September 1977, the name was changed to the “International Computer and Information Processing Association of Japan” and was eventually shortened to its present form.

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Why is Japan so behind in AI, and How to address this issue.

Dale Carnegie Training Japan


Speaker: Erika Ishikawa Senior Data Scientist and Senior Manager at KPMG Japan In this presentation, our speaker's experience in executing and implementing AI solutions to over 50 projects in various industries. There have been three (3) major hurdles in the Japanese AI market; people, culture, and literacy and this will be covered in detail. Mainly middle management often at times are convinced their legacy method, or technology, still holds. Worse, the Japanese culture prizes old fashion processes and resists investing in new technologies by which ROI is not easily measured, and hence value of revenue over future investment is limiting the ability to learn. Nonetheless, with the emergence of new ventures and oversea threats, many companies have begun implementing infant soft AI to automate everyday tasks coupled with RPA, such as Chatbot and OCR, however failing because of the complex Japanese document capturing. Some companies have already harnessed the power of AI and initiated executing high-level AI such as predictive analysis. Once other organizations realize the significance, and Japanese AI overcomes the true NLP, the spread will be so rapid and thus the gains and benefits will be realized from AI. Since Japan is experiencing population decay, job displacement will be crucial in the future. Our speaker will also cover future trends in AI as it relates to Japan. Bio: Erika Ishikawa is an experienced Senior Data Scientist and Senior Manager at KPMG Japan. Previously she worked at IBM as Data Scientist/Managing Consultant. Her expertise lies within advanced analytics, strategy and IT consulting. Started career as CEO at IT Consulting Venture & Fintech company with her experience extending to the following industries offering digital transformation services: Finance, Tech, Telecom, Manufacturing and Pharma. She graduated at Harvard University IT MA and MIT certificates: Developing and Managing a Successful Technology Strategy, AI Implications for Business Strategy, Data Science and Big Data Analytics, Tackling the Challenges of Big Data. Stanford University certificates: Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies. RSVP: Wednesday 25th September 2019 by 6pm. Date: September 27th (Friday) Time: 18:30 open, 19:00 start, 20:30 end Cost*: ¥1,000 ICA members; ¥2,000 non-members. No Food or Drinks at the event * Event open to all !! If you have registered for this event and for unforeseen circumstances are unable to attend, then 72 hours prior notice is required else event charges will apply to cover booking costs. Please notify us at [masked] or call Steve Sidhu at[masked] It is strongly recommended that you print your attendance confirmation for your own records. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration. If you have not received a confirmation email within a few minutes, please check your spam or junk mail folders. If you still can not find a confirmation email, please notify us at [masked]

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