Nintendo gives faith for Japan’s future, says ex-Sony boss

By Patrick Garratt, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:05 GMT


Japan’s in trouble. “Decline” is the country’s favourite word. Lucky then, companies like Nintendo are ready to lead the way to a brave new future. Nobuyuki Idei, former Sony chairman, said so to the FT, so it must be true.

From a story in which the electronics super-chief said Japan’s IT industries must consolidate to survive:

For the future, Mr Idei tipped electronics that do not just process information, but sense what it is happening in the world and then act on it.

He gave Nintendo’s Wii games console – which uses accelerometers to measure how a user is moving the controls – as an example.

It is the cluster of Kyoto-based technology companies, including Nintendo, that makes Mr Idei confident in the future of Japan’s electronics industry.

Japan’s technology and skills, Mr Idei said, make it a complement, not a rival, to the growing powers of China and India.

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