The Rise, Fall and Return of Software Industry in Japan

  • Yoshioki Ishii
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1507)


The Software Industry in Japan grew extraordinarily only in the field of custom software, and fell after the collapse of the “bubble economy” in 1991. In Japan, the field of packaged software is still at an early stage of development. Why did this happen? On the other hand, Japan surpassed the U.S.A in the game software field, and became No. 1 in the world. Why is this? Can Japanese packaged software survive in the future? Or, will Western packaged software made by Microsoft, SAP etc. conquer the Japanese market? I will state my opinion based on my own experience in Software Industry during the past 30 years.


Custom Software Software Industry Software Company Japanese Market Private Corporation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshioki Ishii
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  1. 1.Beacon Information Technology Inc.TokyoJapan

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