As far away as Japan frets about the lack of AI is a talent, Daikin is developing its own program

OSAKA (Reuters) – There is a sense of panic in the Japan Inc and the government of the world, ” No.” 3 the economy does not have enough experts in artificial intelligence, artificial intelligence, and it’s time to do something about it.

FILE PHOTO: A Daikin Industries, Ltd. employee works in the manufacture of outdoor air conditioning units at the company’s Kusatsu factory in Shiga prefecture, western Japan, and March 20, 2015. REUTERS/yuya Treason/File Photo

SoftBank Group Corp (9984.(T) CEO Masayoshi Son last month and complained about the current state of affairs, and to call Japan a developing country in the most current tech revolution.

Prime minister shinzo Abe, in June, unveiled a plan to train 250,000 people in the AI skills on an annual basis by the year 2025, but criticized as unrealistic because of a shortage of teachers. Tech giants such as Sony Corp’s (6758.(T) to walk, to pay for the right to hire and promote the hiring of foreign engineers.

But, To Daikin Industries, Ltd., 6376.(T), the world’s largest manufacturer of air-conditioners, with a market value of $37 billion, is taking a more unusual route for the AI experience.

A disadvantage to the larger tech companies, attracting the top talent, which has created an in-house program for new graduates and current employees, almost all of them with no AI background, and train them up.

The goal is to have 1000 employees, and COMPUTER-savvy, by 2022, this is what Daikin say it is one of the most ambitious and COMPUTER-specific exercise programs by a Japanese company.

“We have to have a sense of crisis, if we do not have experts well-versed in information technology, AI, and data analysis are in high demand,” Yuji Yoneda, executive officer at Daikin Technology Innovation Center, told Reuters.

Daikin will see AI as a key to the future of the business model, which it plans to offer subscription services, with COMPUTER-driven air-conditioner to regulate the temperature, and the quality of the air in the self-improvement of the efficiency in factories and homes.

“Just as car manufacturers have been promoting the concept of” mobility as a service, we will be promoting the use of the air-as-a-service, delivering a variety of services with respect to the air,” he said.

All new employees receive the most training, with a two-year program. With the first pick of the top 100 graduates were hired last year, took lessons, taught by Osaka University’s professors, and for about six months, along with the rest of the year was spent on the analysis of the data, and how to work with the group. This year, they have been assigned to different departments for the on-the-job COMPUTER-training program.

Daikin declined to comment on the cost of the program.

By way of comparison, Sony offers its engineers a 290 courses, which include COMPUTER-training courses, which take anywhere from a few hours up to several days.

Daikin is also very expensive to hire engineers from India or China, but it is said that the battle in the United States of america, where hundreds of thousands of dollars to pull out of the graduates that it wants to be. In addition, it is looking to increase to pay for the AI to be experts, they continue to remain loyal to the company.


The japanese AI is the misery may be over-estimated. Of the top 20 companies with the-AI patents, 12 are Japanese, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s 2019 at the latest report on technology trends. These include Toshiba, NEC Corp (6701.(T), Panasonic Corp (6752.(T)), Sony, and Toyota Motor Corp (7203.(T).

However, in comparison with that of the United States of america, which is a national AI for the development of the plan in 2016, and in China, who unveiled the plans, by 2017, to become a global leader in AI in the year 2025, Japan is lagging behind.

Combined, the Japanese government and business investment in information and communication technology (ict) was 16.3 billion yen ($150 billion) by 2017, up 12% from 1994, the Japanese government turned out to be. By contrast, in the U.S., investment in the sector has more than tripled in the period to $655 million.

Japanese universities have also come under fire for not doing enough in AI and data science education. The ministry of industry’s estimates, Japan has had a deficit of 220,000 workers by 2018, which will further develop in order to 790,000 by 2030 – a prediction that was part of the impetus for Abe’s plans to train 250,000 people in AI for a year.

In contrast, the World Intellectual Property Organization report, it is noted that the Chinese organisations will make up 17 of the top-20 of the university players, the AI patents.


Hitoshi Matsubara, a vice-president of the Future University of Hakodate, and a person skilled in the AI in, say, Japan needs to invest more, to make the jobs more attractive, and to shake off the mentality of the majority of workers of the same age must be treated equally.

“It’s In Japan, IT’s work, have long been thought of as a labor-intensive, low-wage, and late in the evening to work. If they are well-paid and well worth it, as in the United States and China, knowing it would be more popular among college students,” he said.

That’s starting to change.

This year, Sony began offering starting salaries of up to 7.3 million euro for phd students to be proficient in areas such as AI, in comparison with the starting salary of 6 million yen. Toshiba has also revised its pay system, in which the selection is greater and the salaries of people with expertise in AI and the Internet of Things.

The Chat operator Line Corp. (3938.(T), which has been diversifying into fintech, and the AI, would each year pay for the top graduates of up to 8 million yen, compared to 5.5 million yen to the lower-skilled engineers. It is a huge recruitment of foreign engineers, which accounts for 37% of the 670 engineers in Japan.

FILE PHOTO: Daikin Industries, Ltd. employees work in the manufacture of outdoor air conditioning units at the company’s Kusatsu factory in Shiga prefecture, western Japan, and March 20, 2015. REUTERS/yuya Treason/File Photo

Sony is also casting the net wider, with a preference to the recruitment of the grounds, including those at Carnegie Mellon University, Tsinghua University and the Indian Institute of Technology (mit).

“The competition in the hiring of new talent or new grads, mid-career, and the foreign workers are getting tougher and tougher,” said Kazunari Ikeyama, a manager in Sony’s human resources department. “We have to broaden our focus, and not only in Japan but also around the world.”

($1 = 108.5300 of yen)

Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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