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May 13, 1996

Current Developments In Japan's Information Infrastructure Topic of Discussion for Library of Congress Symposium

The Japan Documentation Center of the Library of Congress will sponsor a one-day symposium on the theme "CyberJapan: Technology, Policy & Society" on Friday, May 31. The symposium will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E. Information and telecommunications experts from the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom will discuss policy directions being undertaken by the Japanese government; deregulation of the industry; how developments in Japan affect global information; technology and telecommunications markets; and how the "InfoSociety" is emerging in Japan.

Featured speakers will be Dr. Jun Murai of Keio University, who is a leader in promotion of Internet use and information dissemination among academia, and Dr. Izumi Aizu of GLOCOM, a key person in developing information networks.

The symposium is being sponsored by the Japan Documentation Center (JDC), with over-assistance provided by the Japan Information Access Project. The JDC was established in 1992 as a joint project of the Library of Congress and the Japan Foundation's Center for Global Partnership. The JDC's purpose is to collect and disseminate current Japanese public policy information in politics, the economy, industry, society, national defense and security, international relations, and the environment. Through the symposium, the JDC aims to deepen understanding of issues and trends in Japan and help educate the American public on how to locate and use Japanese policy information.

To register or receive more information about the conference, contact the Japan Documentation Center at (202) 707-5581; fax (202) 707-9114. An open house of the JDC offices in Room LA233 in the Adams Building will be held on Thursday, May 30, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

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PR 96-74
ISSN 0731-3527

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