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Japanese JCP Members Ride Wave of Innovation Through Active Involvement in Developing Java Specifications Across The Enterprise-to-Wireless Spectrum

Santa Clara, Calif. -- November 27, 2001 -- The Program Management Office (PMO) of the Java Community Process (SM) (JCPSM) program today announced a record number of innovations submitted as Java(TM) specifications to the JCP over the course of 2001. The JCP program is the open, community-based process for the development of Java technology specifications, reference implementations and associated technology compatibility kits.

The Java specifications developed through the JCP are industry and community standards-based initiatives that focus on evolving various aspects of the Java technology. Out of the 157 Java specifications that have been submitted through the JCP program in total since the formalization of the process in 1998, 63 have been entered this year alone. Eleven Java specifications have reached final release since last November 2000. 190 new members joined the community this year and currently over 400 company and individual members from all geographies including Asia-Pacific are engaged through the JCP in the process of shaping the future of Java technology. This momentum is largely due to the fact that the industry and the developer community recognize in the JCP the unique opportunity for them to have a say in the process that shapes the future of Java technology.

"The overwhelming interest these numbers demonstrate attest to the scope of the collective intellectual investment put behind Java technology," said Rob Gingell, Chair, Java Community Process Program. "Every time companies choose Java technology as their preferred platform for deploying and developing applications, they vote for platform independence, compatibility and scalability. They know that their technology investments are protected by Java technology's value proposition of choice, "Write Once, Run Anywhere", simplified development and business integration."

Leading Japanese companies Fujitsu, Matsushita and Sony are members of the JCP Executive Committees (EC), a group of JCP members elected through a democratic elections process, to guide and oversee the evolution of Java technology. Among the key responsibilities of the ECs is approving the passage of specifications through key points of the Java Specification Review Process. Some of the JCP Expert Groups (EG) are currently led by EG specification leads from Japanese companies.

One of the many examples of close cooperation among companies under the JCP program is the development of the Mobile Information Device Profile(MIDP) for the Java Platform Specification that was finalized last year. Driven by Motorola as Expert Group specification lead, Japanese companies such as Fujitsu, Hitachi, J-Phone, Mitsubishi, NEC, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony participated in defining and developing this specification side by side with other industry leaders from Europe and North America. This specification defines a profile (a set of APIs for a particular vertical market) that provides a standard platform for small, resource-limited, wireless-connected mobile information devices. Details regarding this specification are posted at

In conjunction with the Java Connected, Limited Device Configuration(CLDC), the MIDP profile represents the broadly adopted standard for building applications on small devices such as mobile phones. It is a proof point of how the JCP responds promptly to the needs of developers and of a market that is expected to see all Net-connected wireless phones to be Java-enabled within five years. More than 1.1 billion phones will be capable of running Java applications by 2006, an ARC Group study predicts. This demonstrates the compelling business value proposition of the Java platform and its capabilities to merge mobile and enterprise-based data to meet the massive consumer demand for wireless access to information and services.

The MIDP momentum continues with MIDP Next Generation, a Java specification currently under review through the JCP. An impressive number of industry leaders are participating in defining this profile. MIDP Next Generation will establish a common framework on mobile phones to allow carriers/operators design their back end systems so that they can broadly deploy MIDP application/services. More information about the specification is available at

In response to the momentum and expression of interest for the JCP in the region, the JCP PMO is now making a Japanese version of the JCP web site available for access at Please visit the new Japanese home of the JCP web site and the home page, the premier online resource for JCP members and for anyone with an interest in the Java Community Process program.

About the Java Community Process

Since its introduction in 1995 as the open, inclusive process to develop and revise Java technology specifications, reference implementations, and technology compatibility kits, the Java Community Process program has fostered the evolution of the Java platform in cooperation with the international Java developer community. More than 150 Java technology specifications are in development in the JCP program, which has over 400 company and individual participants. For more information on the JCP program, please visit

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