An Information Superhighway Snaking Across Asia?

Japan is still a developing country when it comes to using personal computers: It has one-third as many PCs per capita as the U.S. Yet the government is determined not to miss the boat in high-speed computer networks. Since last fall, the Postal Ministry has relaxed telecom regulations and mapped out high-speed network "testbeds" in several cities. It also plans to connect every home in the country with optic fiber by 2010--a project that could cost billions.

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