Japan’s media revolution – a European perspective (presentation to Directors and Board Members of YLE – Finland’s Broadcasting Company)

On October 21, 20009, I was asked to give a talk about Japan’s media sector to a delegation of the Directors and Board Members of YLE, Finland’s Broadcasting Company.

My title was: “Japan’s media revolution – a European perspective”


  • Why is there no Nokia in Japan? Is Japan’s market difficult and closed? What can we learn?
  • Many advanced technologies and services are first to market in Japan vs Galapagos effect
  • Overview of Japan’s media and TV industry
  • Mobile TV

The presentation was base on our Eurotechnology report on Japan’s Media.

Will cash become obsolete? E-money, mobile payments and mobile commerce (Talk for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan)

Gave presentation to the Telecommunications Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) on October 7, 2009. My talk was attended by about 30-40 executives from major global telecom operators, global banks, new-age payment companies, and from major internet companies.


What is money?

  1. Medium of exchange
  2. Unit of account
  3. Store of value
  4. (Standard of deferred payment, unit for debt)

e-Cash value to society:

  • reduced cash handling costs
  • Higher transaction speed
  • Convenience
  • Greater security (especially mobile) vs. reduced privacy

Why should be care? (Summary)

  • Electronic money is here to stay
  • One e-money card/Japanese person
  • 2% of banknotes and coins today
  • YEN 100 billion outstanding
  • YEN 100 billion transactions/month
  • Japan is far in advance, rest-of-world is likely to follow. But can Japan capture the value? maybe not.
  • However: “Galapagos syndrome

More information in our reports:
Mobile payments, e-money and mobile credit in Japan
SUICA and NFC payment for transport
QR codes are also used for payment