By Hiroshi Komiyama

At a time whilst modern demanding situations appear to many to be insurmountable, this publication deals an confident view of the long run and gives a street map for societies to get there. Drawing upon broad study and lots of years as a notion chief in environmental and sustainability matters in Japan and the world over, Hiroshi Komiyama analyzes the main urgent demanding situations to the attainment of sustainability of economically complex countries and argues forcefully for Japan to steer them out of the current difficulty via lively merchandising of inventive buyer and societal call for. He indicates how an energetic industry–government–academic partnership offers the surroundings had to advertise such new artistic call for and illustrates its strength via presentation of a Platinum Society community that was once introduced on a nearby foundation in Japan in 2010 to facilitate the answer of universal matters in the course of the trade of data and ideas. what's might be so much excellent in regards to the textual content is its unwavering optimism supported through demanding proof, heritage, and insightful commentary. difficulties bobbing up from new paradigms of the twenty first century (what the writer refers to as “exploding wisdom, constrained Earth assets, and getting older societies“) thwart sustainable improvement in complex and constructing nations alike. All nations will fight with matters that evolve from those paradigms together with diminishing assets, increasing finances deficits, and growing to be worldwide environmental difficulties. This window on power functional pathways and strategies will be of curiosity to all these engaged in looking how one can meet those modern challenges.

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Let us consider the sustainability of China’s economic growth from the standpoint of the saturation of man-made objects. ” But if we compare it to past examples, things are not as simple as that. 5 Production of Cement per Person (ton/person) How Long Will China’s High Growth Last? 000 1920 1940 1960 1980 1990 2000 2005 2010 Year Fig. 2 Production of Cement per person. (Data of Cement production volume: United Nations Statistical Yearbook. Data of Population: UNSD Demographic statistics, United Nations Statistical Yearbook) It is difficult to decide for which products we should look at the saturation rate.

Even the problem of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, which the world now faces, can be easily solved if the best knowledge human beings have can be diffused to all six billion humans on Earth. H. 1007/978-4-431-54559-0_2, © The Author(s) 2014 13 2 The Twenty-First Century Paradigm and the Role of Information Technology 14 Shrinking earth 20th Century 21st Century Infinite earth • Financial crisis • Pandemic … • Climate change • Depleting resource • Pollution • Food, water Aging society Year2005 127million Age65 ~ Age15 ~ 64 ~ Age14 Year2055 89million • Longevity • Small birth rate • Saturating demand Exploding knowledge 1900 Sunlight • Care • Work sharing • Barrier free … (Source) National census 2005, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications O2 CO2 • Pension • Medicine 2000 Chlorophyll H2O carbohydrate H2O CO2 photosynthesis (Source) Japan as a forerunner for addressing emerging problems in the world P134 Fig.

Although both Nobel Prize-winning works were similarly at the highest level, they were very different in terms of their distance from everyday human intuition. The creation of penicillin made it possible to cure many infectious diseases 18 2 The Twenty-First Century Paradigm and the Role of Information Technology with medicines. Alternatively, a three-terminal transistor was created and replaced a vacuum tube, making a radio that had been as large as a contemporary microwave oven as small as the palm of a hand.

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