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July 14, 2010

Ministry of Education is looking at the risks of introducing new technology

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The education ministry has urged a full examination of health hazards and other problems that may be caused by electronic textbooks and other Internet tools before their use is promoted in schools.

The Daily Yomiuri reports: 'The issue appeared in an outline plan on the use of electronic technology in education drawn up by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry.....The outline seems to reflect ministry caution toward a proposal from the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry to provide tools that can access the Internet to all primary and middle school students as early as 2015.'

'The outline plan suggested introducing the technologies at some schools on a trial basis to determine what school years they should be introduced, to verify their safety and to establish guidelines for safe use.'

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