Association Guide

A word from the Chairman of the Board


Jun Sawada
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.


Japan is currently working to lead the world in the realization of Society 5.0, wherein this new society is expected to combine economic development and the resolution of social issues, alongside dramatic improvements in society and in the quality of life (digital transformation), through social implementation of leading-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) serving as the brains, robots serving as the muscles, and the Internet of Things (IoT) serving as the nerves, to provide individualized products and services rather than conventional types of mass-produced products and services for mass consumption.


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, serving as an essential key to economic growth and job creation, and greatly contributing to solving various social challenges affecting our country, such as the declining birthrate and aging population, regional revitalization, and disaster prevention and mitigation, and thus is expected to play a more and more significant role toward the realization of Society 5.0.


Given this, I believe that we are charged with the obligation to fulfill our social responsibility as a general incorporated association whose members are telecommunications carriers at the very heart of ICT. In FY 2019, 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, 2019