Japan really, really wants

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Japan really, really wants to be a leader in the field of IT. They have a vague, lofty goal of being "the most advanced IT nation in the world." Whatever that means.

The government is implementing policies to improve infrastructure and education. And they are sponsoring INPAKU Internet Fair 2001 but it is completely inscrutable to me. I think it's supposed to be like a World's Fair, but online.

A series of funny ads for the newly opened .jp namespace made me laugh. Apparently, changing .co.jp to just .jp makes it easier to have a homepage and easier to remember. Listen to these realAudio files from the radio campaign: "If I had my own homepage, I could show off my bonsai tree to the whole world." "I remember the name of the campaign, but I'll never remember the long web address."

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