Japan: Remedies to Activate Local Cities

  • Takuo Imagawa
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The IT1 revolution in Japan has emerged since the second half of the 1990s, and economic activities and lifestyles using information apparatus have been established. According to the ‘2001 edition of Communication Usage Trend Survey’ from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication,2 the number of internet users at the end of 2001 was 56 million, and the population coverage 44 per cent. As those numbers in 1996 were 12 million and 9.2 per cent, respectively, it turns out that the internet has spread rapidly in recent years. The IT industry3 dealing with software, information processing, internet, and so on has received more attention, too; these services have become important in both quality and quantity under the development of communication network.


Science Department Knowledge Spillover Internal Affair Accumulation Factor Special School 
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