Association Guide

A word from the Chairman of the Board


Makoto Takahashi
Chairman of the Board


The Telecommunications Carriers Association was established in 1987 with the aim of contributing to the sound growth of the telecommunications industry and to improved convenience for the public by addressing common issues faced by telecommunications carriers.


The roles of information and communications technology (ICT) as infrastructure to support all kinds of social and economic activities, and as an essential lifeline in people’s lives, have become increasingly important. ICT is expected to accelerate investment in the future of our country and to help promote innovations in every aspect of all industries and regions, thus serving as the key to economic growth and job creation, as well as playing a significant role in solving various social challenges affecting our country, such as the declining birthrate and aging population, regional revitalization, and disaster prevention and mitigation.


The Japanese government recognizes that the key to achieving mid-to-long-term growth is to introduce innovations from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which has been developing rapidly in recent years, such as the Internet of Things(IoT), big data, artificial intelligence(AI), robotics, and the sharing economy, to all kinds of industries and social life, thereby creating new demand and bringing about a productivity revolution, as well as to realize Society 5.0 to resolve various social issues ahead of all other countries worldwide.


Given this, I believe that we are charged with the great responsibility of fulfilling our social responsibility as a general incorporated association whose members are telecommunications carriers at the very heart of ICT. In FY 2018, we will continue strengthening initiatives to support consumers and to serve society, as well as improving the safety and reliability of information and communication networks, an important form of social infrastructure that supports the livelihoods of people nationwide. All members of the Telecommunications Carriers Association will continue to work as hard as we possibly can, while competing with each other, towards the further growth of the info-communications industry, with our first priority being increased convenience for the people of Japan.


June, 2018