Skip to main content
No. of Recommendations: 1

Japan Urged to Improve Internet Access

Wednesday July 5, 2:54 pm ET

Report Says Japan Needs to Improve Internet Access to Boost Efficiency, Productivity

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan needs to improve Internet access and other mobile network systems to boost efficiency, creativity and productivity and overcome challenges posed by the aging and shrinking of its population, a government report said.

The Information and Communications White Paper, approved in a Cabinet meeting, called for further efforts to build a "ubiquitous" network society and make good on earlier announced plans to make Japan the world's most advanced networking society by 2010.

The number of Internet users through cell phones and other mobile terminals reached 69 million, surpassing the 66 million accessing through computer terminals at the end of 2005, the report said. Some 49 million use both.

The report, issued Tuesday, said further development of networks could create more flexibility in working environment, with workers using video conferences or working from home. It could also create new jobs for specialists in management and outsourcing.

The report noted, however, that there is a digital divide. Although Internet use last year surpassed 90 percent in Japanese between the ages of 13 through 49, it was less than 50 percent among people aged 65 or older.

That is a major concern here. Roughly one in four Japanese will be 65 or older in 2015, and about one in three by 2050. That has already caused a labor shortage and revenue crunch because of the shrinking tax base.
Print the post  


What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.