Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to invest 2.26 trillion yen ($15.2 billion) in existing cloud infrastructure in Tokyo and Osaka by 2027 to meet growing customer demand for cloud services in Japan. is.
According to a new economic impact study for Japan by AWS, the planned investments are expected to contribute 5.57 trillion yen to Japan's GDP and support an average of approximately 30,500 full-time equivalent jobs at Japanese companies each year. .
AWS first established its presence in Japan in 2009, opening the Tokyo cloud region in 2011 and the Osaka cloud region 10 years later. Throughout this period, the company invested 1.51 trillion yen in building, connecting, operating, and maintaining its AWS data centers.
This new investment brings the company's total investment in cloud infrastructure in Japan to approximately 3.77 trillion yen and continues to help organizations across all industries in Japan improve productivity and transform customer experiences. I'll go.
“The introduction of digital technology is the source of a country's competitiveness,'' said Takuya Hirai, a former digital minister and current head of the Liberal Democratic Party's Digital Society Promotion Headquarters.
“The development of Japan's digital infrastructure is key to strengthening Japan's industrial competitiveness, and data centers play a key role in this. Facilitate the use of key technologies such as AI. [artificial intelligence] Improve Japan's research and development capabilities.
“These investments will create local jobs, increase productivity, grow the digital and green transformation markets, and accelerate innovation in Japan. We hope that it will play an even greater role in strengthening our competitiveness,” he added.
AWS has a wide customer base in Japan, including beverage giant Asahi, telecommunications giant KDDI, and financial giant Nomura. These companies and others are increasingly leveraging generative AI to increase productivity, improve customer experiences, and drive business growth.
To support the adoption of generative AI in Japan, AWS made Amazon Bedrock available in the Tokyo region last October and is investing $6 million in AWS credits to build and train large-scale language models. We invested and launched a support program to provide technical guidance to selected organizations. Additionally, you'll receive expert guidance for selecting computing resources and business-side support to grow your users.
Additionally, AWS invested $100 million in the Generative AI Innovation Center in June 2023. The center has connected AWS machine learning and AI experts with global customers such as Asahi, who have worked with the center to drive product innovation and improve operational efficiency.
Tadao Nagasaki, president of AWS Japan, said he expects his company's cloud infrastructure investments to create a ripple effect across Japanese industries, allowing more Japanese organizations to access emerging technologies such as AI and machine learning. ing.