Japan is about to overtake America to become No 1 in information technology. This book tells the remarkable story of how the Japanese did it, and reveals the techniques Japanese companies have used to diplace American and European manufacturers from this critically important industry. This enthralling book by one of the worlda s leading authorities on the IT industry brings together for the first time the different elements of the frightening story of Japana s conquest of information technology. If America and Europe continue on their present course and pursue business--as--usual policies, says Tom Forester, then by far the greater part of the IT industry will slip inexorably into the hands of the Japanese, and Japana s economic triumph over the West will be complete.
Tom Forester is Senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. He is author and/or editor of six books on information technology, including The Information Technology Revolution (1985), High--Tech Society (1987), Computers in the Human Context (1989), and Computer Ethics (1990). He was educated at Sussex University and Balliol College, Oxford, and has studies and worked in America, and the Pacific Rim.
Contents Preface 1. Land of the Rising IT Industry 2. Consumer Electronics: Attacking the Soft Underbelly of IT 3. Semiconductors: How Japan Captured the 'Rice' Industry 4. Computers and Software: Moving Up the Technology 'Food Chain' 5. Manufacturing Technology: Controlling the Means of Production 6. Office Equipment: Supplying the Tools of the Trade 7. Telecommunications: Building the New Information 8. Conclusion: Japan, the US and Europe Index.