The Future of Mobile Internet Japan: Lessons from the 2011 Disaster

Tadashi Onodera, Chairman,KDDI Corporation

KDDI is the second largest telecommunications firm in Japan. Japan’s mobile Internet market has been the most highly developed in the world since the late 1990s, and KDDI has been a major innovator in providing services and a platform for content. The advent of smartphones is rapidly transforming the industry, and Mr. Onodera will be looking into the future while reflecting on lessons learned from the 3-11 2011 triple disaster -- earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster -- that hit Japan. 

Tadashi Onodera has been Chairman of KDDI Corporation since June 2005. He held the position of President from June through November 2010. KDDI was established in October 2000 through the merger of DDI CORPORATIO, KDD CORPORATION and IDO CORPORATION.

Mr. Onodera joined DDI in November 1984, just before the Japanese telecommunications market was deregulated. Since then he has been involved in a wide variety of projects, such as the construction of a nationwide microwave network and the development of cellular phone networks. He has spent a lot of time and energy in the implementation of CDMA technology and mobile data services. He has received the “Industry Leadership” of 2005 3G CDMA Industry Achievement Award. He has helped DDI to become the winner amongst the challengers against the Japanese telecommunications incumbent giant, NTT.

Thursday, December 08, 2011 | 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm
Skilling Auditorium, Stanford University

Shorenstein APARC
US-Asia Technology Management Center