The Japanese Internet: Visionaries and Virtual Democracy

  title={The Japanese Internet: Visionaries and Virtual Democracy},
  author={P J Rimmer and Tessa Morris-Suzuki},
  journal={Environment and Planning A},
  pages={1189 - 1206}
An examination is made of how the development of the Internet in Japan is likely to affect civic rights and the relationship between citizens and their government. This was undertaken to determine if the trajectory of Internet development in Japan, with its distinct locational and corporate biases, has followed the predictions of two prominent Japanese commentators: the visionary Kumon Shumpei who espoused an expansive international perspective that citizens will be transformed into ‘netizens… 

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