XML Technology Certification Committee



Nobuo Saito
W3C Associate Chair for Asia

Vice Chairman

Yoichiro Hirano
President & CEO Infoteria Corporation

Keizo Okabe
OASIS Japan c/o


Makoto Murata

Participating Members

- Foreign Information Industry Forum
- Global Knowledge, Inc
- Hitachi, Ltd
- Hitachi Systems & Services, Ltd
- IBM Japan, Ltd
- Infoteria Corporation
- NEC Corporation
- NEC Soft, Ltd
- PFU, Ltd
- XML Consortium

Message from the Chairman

  Nobuo Saito
XML Technology Certification Committee Chairperson
W3C Associate Chair for Asia
Professor emeritus at Keio University

The evolution of today’s information society is causing a greater transformation among humankind than perhaps any since the Industrial Revolution. The motive force behind this change has been the invention and rapid technological advancement of the computer—more especially the advance of the computer network, as can be seen in the Internet and its enormous influence on our lives. The Internet began its spread throughout Japan in 1994, and now documents and other information can be created, distributed, and viewed across the World Wide Web, independent of operating system or software. This portability of information has been a significant influence in changing the shape of our information society. In 1996, the World Wide Web international consortium (W3C) began working on standards for XML, which promised the advantage of freely marking up and defining individual pieces of data, adding more utility to the information formatting capacity of HTML. XML has made it possible to automate various processes within the computer, and XML will continue to be one technology that contributes greatly to the future development of our information society.