ERIC Number: ED477092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
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Japan's Widespread Use of Cellular Telephones To Access the Internet: Implications for Educational Telecommunications.
Scott, Douglass J.
In the 3 years since their introduction, Internet-capable cellular telephones are used by over 47 million Japanese (37% of the population) which nearly equals the number of people using personal computers to access the Internet. If this trend continues, the cellular telephone will overtake the personal computer as the most widely used Internet access device in Japan. However, this development has gone largely unnoticed by researchers. Such a trend deserves greater attention, both to understand the nature of Japanese use of communication technologies and to assess these technologies' potential for educational application. This paper examines the impediments that slowed Japan's early acceptance of the Internet, describes how these barriers were overcome by Internet-capable cellular telephones, considers the strengths and weaknesses of these emerging technologies, and assesses the potential for using portable wireless communication devices in educational settings. (Author)
Descriptors: Educational Equipment, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Internet, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Japan