The Yomiuri Shimbun on April 30 learned of the government’s draft “action plan for overseas expansion,” which outlines its infrastructure export strategy in the telecommunications sector. The draft plan centers on the establishment of a public-private council to make a pitch for communications infrastructure manufactured by Japanese companies. The draft is also aimed at keeping Chinese companies in check as they are increasing their clout while the wider use of the Internet is fueling the importance of communication network systems.
The draft plan will be officially released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications as early as May 1. The plan expresses a sense of crisis over the current state of the Japanese communications sector with the emergence of Chinese companies in mind: “The environment surrounding Japan is severe and Japan’s economic presence in the world is severely diminished.”
The focus of measures to recover lost ground is exports of submarine optical fiber cable networks, which are the foundations of the ultra-high speed, large-capacity 5G communication standard. Japan will make a pitch for devices and services offered by Japanese companies by taking advantage of their reliability.