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Univ. center to prepare e-mail network for Y2K problem.

TOKYO, Dec. 23 Kyodo

The International University of Japan will post an e-mail list on its Web site on Tuesday to help private companies and people working for central and local governments exchange information in the event of Y2K problems, university officials said Thursday.

The university's Center for Global Communications will play the leading part in backup for the Y2K problem because the central government's test on its own e-mail information network for ministries, agencies and municipalities has not succeeded, the officials said.

The service will last through mid-January.

The center will call on central and prefectural government officials in charge of the Y2K issue, public utilities like electric power and telecommunication companies, various organizations and the media to join the backup plan, the officials said.

Mailing lists are used to send e-mail messages to other listed members simultaneously and are widely used by academics and people sharing common interests to exchange information.

Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi plans to meet the press shortly before 1 a.m. on New Year's Day to announce whether there have been any immediate Y2K problems and other related information.

As it will take time for the government to grasp the nationwide situation on the Y2K problem and inaccurate information could be posted and exchanged on the Internet, triggering confusion, there will be a need for accurate and up-to-date information.

Only those allowed to register with the center will be able to send e-mails, and the latest information, in Japanese, will be made public on the center's Web site:
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Date:Dec 27, 1999
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