Japanese investment in AI

There has been a recent increase in AI-related investment in Japan by government and major foreign IT companies.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will subsidises a total of JPY 72.5 billion to five companies for AI-related projects.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has decided to subsidise up to JPY 72.5 billion to five Japanese companies, including KDDI, for the development of supercomputers for use in the development of artificial intelligence (AI).

This marks KDDI’s first entry into the supercomputer business.

Breakdown of subsidies

  • KDDI JPY 10.2 billion
  • Sakura Internet JPY 50.1 billion
  • GMO Internet Group JPY 1.9 billion.

These five companies will procure image processing semiconductors (GPUs) and other equipment from US semiconductor giant NVIDIA to develop the supercomputer.

Japan, once a technological powerhouse, is now completely toothless technologies about AI.
and it may be that Japan is finally ready to face up to these challenges on a national level.

Oracle to invest over $8 billion in Japan to meet AI infrastructure demand and other needs

Oracle has announced that it will invest over USD 8 billion in Japan over the next decade to meet demand for cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure.

In an announcement, the company said the investment will expand the business of Oracle’s cloud computing service, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), in Japan.

Microsoft invests $2.9 billion over 2 years to strengthen AI infrastructure in Japan

Microsoft has announced that it will invest $2.9 billion over 2 years to strengthen the infrastructure base for generative artificial intelligence (AI) in Japan.

The scale of the investment is the largest in the 46 years since Microsoft began operations in Japan. In addition to establishing a Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) base in Tokyo, the company will train three million AI personnel.

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