Serious ICT implementation and business in Tochigi

地方の可能性 本格化するICT導入ととちぎのビジネス 永濱利廣
Toshihiro Nagahama, Chief Economist at Dai-Ichi-Life Research Institute

What future should Tochigi aim for? What is Tochigi’s power to survive? Toshihiro Nagahama, a commentator in the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy of Cabinet Office replied to those questions.

“It is important to improve the productivity of local competitive industries and to promote the global development for the revalidation of local economy.”

The key industries are tourism, primary sector of industry and manufacturing. Particularly, Tochigi has “the advantages in the engineering development for electric vehicles and automated driving” and the manufacturers mainly in automobile industry may drive the revitalization of its economy, according to Nagahama.

“Tochigi has rich resources for the future. I can tell Tochigi has a lot of strengths for its survival.”

To make the most of its strengths, the use of ICT is also required.
The progress of technological innovation will change the structure of industry and create new business opportunities.

Those who can challenge what they are interested in and proactively develop business are required. However, Nagahama said, “People in Tochigi is shy.
Even if they are talented, they don’t promote their talent”.

He added the necessity of education for self-promotion.

Tochigi should not hesitate to make a challenge to move forward. There are a plenty of resources to make it.


Toshihiro Nagahama
Chief Economist at Dai-Ichi-Life Research Institute. Born in 1971 in Tatebayashi City, Gunma and raised in Ashikaga City in Tochigi.
He graduated from Tochigi prefectural Sano Senior High School then graduated from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Engineering Management Department of Waseda University.
He completed the master’s degree program of economics at the Graduate School of Economics, the University of Tokyo.
Joined in the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited in 1995 and appointed to the present position in 2016.