Japan And Korea: A Match Made On The Net

Overcoming a bitter past, high-tech companies are hooking up

The deal makes sense, from a purely business point of view. About a year ago, NTT DoCoMo, Japan's top cell-phone operator and a pioneer in wireless Web technology, kicked off talks to buy a minority stake in South Korea's largest wireless company, SK Telecom Co. Together, the two companies could develop shared protocols for next-generation mobile Net services and tap Japan and Korea's formidable private research labs.

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