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Telecommunications Development in Asia$
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John URE

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099029

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099029.001.0001

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Japan

Japan

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(p.199) 9 Japan
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Telecommunications Development in Asia
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John Ure

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099029.003.0010

This chapter examines telecommunications development in Japan. It discusses the general shift in Japan's approach during the 1990s towards a more liberal model of economic development. It also suggests that Japan's mobile-communications sector well illustrates the hidden complexities of competing in the Japanese market as well as the success and pitfalls of the “relationalism” underpinning the industrial structure. Japan was one of the first markets in the world to introduce mobile phone services, with NTT's automobile telephone service being launched in 1979. By the turn of the 21st century, Japan had one of the most competitive and technologically dynamic domestic telecommunication markets in the world.

Keywords:   telecommunications, Japan, economic development, mobile phone, NTT, telecommunication markets

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