NEAsia Online: Japan Backs Open Source Tech to Keep Competence in Digital Consumer Electronics
Dec 30, 2002, 16:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Hidetaka Fukuda, CTO for the Commerce and Information Policy
Bureau, Director of IT-Industry Division, the Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry, said that Japan's competence would be harmed if
digital consumer electronic products came to converge on the same
OS and applications that run on it.
"Specifically, Fukuda expressed the government's planned support
of open source technology and communities for open sources.
"'An OS should be an open-source OS such as Linux and TRON, and
semiconductors should have CPU-independent architecture, otherwise
Japan will lose,' he said..."