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Overcoming The Digital Divide Between Phonetic And Ideographic Languages

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In the year 2000, the Mori led government in Japan adopted a 'Basic Strategy for IT' policy which involved the formation of an advisery committee. This chapter discusses particular aspects of Japanese IT in the context of minimizing the domestic digital divide. It discusses some aspects of Japanese IT in relation to overcoming the digital divide between the Roman-alphabet-based West and ideogram-based East Asia. The Japanese word-processor was invented in 1979 and in general use from around 1984, thanks to the installation of a phonetics-ideogram conversion system. NTT actually started a car mobile phone service in 1979 for elite customers. Ideographic characters are, thanks to two-byte culture, displayed much more concisely than alphabetical representations of European languages. The history of technology tells us that while new technology is often resisted by the older generation, it will survive the next generation only if it keeps the attention of the younger generation.

Keywords: car mobile phone service; ideographic language; Japanese IT; Japanese word-processor; NTT; phonetic language



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