Google has opened its first Japanese data center in Inzai City, Chiba Prefecture, to provide faster access and more excellent stability for its services, including search and YouTube.
As part of its Digital Future Initiative, Google plans to invest JPY 100 billion in Japan by 2024.
The investment will help develop the country’s infrastructure.
The data center in Inzai City, about two hours from Tokyo, was designed with environmental sustainability.
It uses a cooling system that utilizes outdoor temperatures during colder months to minimize environmental impact.
Google aims to decarbonize its power supply by 2030 and power all its offices and data centers 24/7 with carbon-free energy.
The U.S. IT giant has been developing these facilities since 2020 in response to the increasing use of its services by users and businesses in Japan.
Inzai City is Google’s 24th data center worldwide and Google’s third in Asia, after Singapore and Taiwan.
At the opening ceremony, Shinji Okuyama, President of Google Japan, expressed the company’s intention to “bring the benefits of digital technology to even more people.
Google aims to support Japan’s digital transformation and economic development by creating useful user products and services and investing in infrastructure development.
In addition to the data center, Google plans to lay undersea cables for communications between Japan and Canada.
The company will also support digital education for students in Chiba Prefecture starting this summer.
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