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May 08, 2003

e-Japan Initiative Progressing

According to a story on the NE Asia Online Web site, approximately 10% of Japan's 40,000 schools have broadband Internet access. The number has been steadily increasing as part of the government's e-Japan initiative launched in 2001. The plan envisioned all the country's schools being linked via a single network. Dai Hagiwara of the quasi-governmental Telecommunications Advancement Organization of Japan (TAO), says that plans to get the remaining 90% of schools to join in are also progressing smoothly. There is now, he says, at least one model school in every town and village district.

In a separate story, schools run by Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward are to post exam results on the Web. The ward allows parents to choose which school to send their children to and the plan aims to help them make this decision. According to the ward's education board, the scores from tests taken this spring by about 1,450 first-year students at 18 junior high schools will also be used by teachers in considering their teaching methods.

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