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Sony head seeks nat'l project to develop fiber-optic network.

TOKYO, Sept. 7 Kyodo

Sony Corp. Chairman Nobuyuki Idei, who heads an advisory panel to the government on information technology (IT), on Thursday called on the government to launch a national project to develop a fiber-optic high-speed Internet network.

Idei voiced the call in a lecture he delivered to a task force on IT of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Citing the 1984 break up of American Telephone & Telegraph Co. (AT&T) and the 1996 revision of the communications law in the United States, Idei said, ''Japan must do both at the same time.''

Over the last decade Japan has dealt with financial issues at the expense of its communications infrastructure, which forms the basis of the current wave of prosperity that the United States is enjoying, Idei told the LDP meeting.

In five years, Japan must do what the U.S. took 20 years to do on a nationwide basis, he said.
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Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
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Date:Sep 11, 2000
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