Acer founder urges closer Taiwan-Japan business cooperation

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Acer founder urges closer Taiwan-Japan business cooperation

Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) The founder of Taiwan-based PC brand Acer Inc., called Tuesday for closer business cooperation between Taiwan and Japan, in particular in emerging technologies.

Speaking in Taipei at a forum held by the Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shinbun, Stan Shih (施振榮), founder and honorary chairman of Acer, said that such cooperation could be mutually beneficial.

Citing self-drive vehicle technology development as an example, Shih said that while Japanese firms devote themselves to main systems for the new technology, their Taiwanese counterparts can develop sub-systems and critical components for the new business.

He said there is room for industries in both Taiwan and Japan to improve and that they can complement each other.

Shih said that Japanese firms boast high product quality and have competitive core technology, while Taiwanese firms have taken the lead in information and telecommunication know-how and general flexibility in business operations, effectively keeping their costs in check.

Through closer cooperation, Japan's small and medium-sized enterprises, many of which are not international, are expected to learn from their Taiwanese counterparts in terms of internationalization, Shih said.

Shih expressed hope that industries in Taiwan and Japan can work together in the current digital era.

He urged Taiwan and Japan to make efforts to integrate artificial intelligence with the Internet of Things into the Internet of Beings (IoB) to build a new tech ecosystem that is expected to create many business opportunities.

(By Jeffrey Wu and Frances Huang)
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