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As Japan frets about dearth of AI talent, Daikin develops its own program

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By Tetsushi Kajimoto

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Nice one, Daikin!

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Dearth??

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In many sense Japan is a backward country. maybe Daikin is going forward.

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In Japan, IT jobs have long been thought of as labour-intensive with low pay and late-night work. If they are as well-paid and rewarding as in the United States and China, information science would become more popular among students,” he said

That there sums up the problem in Japan. IT workers are dumped with late hours, low pay and "do-as-you-are-told" - attitude from superiors. No chance for creative thinking and entrepreneurship. This is why Softbank chief Son is always criticizing the Japanese edcuation & corporate system. He has seen how backward it is.

I think the media should also play a part in making IT jobs look cooler. Eg, that drama "Rich Man, Poor woman" has a male lead who breaks free from the mold and is successful because he is anti-establishment and whose thinking is different from the stuffy suits in their corporate offices.

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That there sums up the problem in Japan. IT workers are dumped with late hours, low pay and "do-as-you-are-told" - attitude from superiors. No chance for creative thinking and entrepreneurship. This is why Softbank chief Son is always criticizing the Japanese edcuation & corporate system. He has seen how backward it is.

Very true, but doesn't this basically sum up the corporate Japan across all sectors? Japan needs to change and become much more agile, nimble, and adaptable to stay relevant in the next century. Unfortunately, I am not holding my hopes high.

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At a disadvantage to bigger tech firms in attracting top talent, it has created an in-house program that takes new graduates and current employees - almost all with no AI background - and trains them up.

This is one of the reasons Japan is so backward in tech they “inject” fresh grads and make them go through the mandatory “programming” training without even considering if the selected person want to do it or have the programming or engineering mindset, eventually these grads end up being manager where they suck absolutelty at their jobs because unlike a fully trained Engineer they can only solve problems on the surface without understanding how things works. Imagine a graduate with history degree running a team working on machine learning.

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his is one of the reasons Japan is so backward in tech they “inject” fresh grads and make them go through the mandatory “programming” training without even considering if the selected person want to do it or have the programming or engineering mindset, eventually these grads end up being manager where they suck absolutelty at their jobs because unlike a fully trained Engineer they can only solve problems on the surface without understanding how things works. Imagine a graduate with history degree running a team working on machine learning.

Thats 100% and I have never figured out how it all works. I have never attended a Japanese senmon gakko, but I hear they are pretty good subject wise. I guess these products they develop at companies here are done by some old man thats been at the company for decades then a Kobayshi kun will just mentor under him. I mean, they got the imagination of a houseplant

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