"The government plans to set up the project to replace most
administrative paperwork with electronic filing and communication
systems. Japan has stated that it aims to become an 'information
technology nation' by 2005.
"Gates said he is willing to reveal the source code '100
percent. Everything that we do is available.' He was invited to the
meeting with influential lawmakers at the LDP's headquarters.
"The government is also reportedly considering the Linux
operating system, which is virtually free and open-sourced, meaning
its code is open to anyone and continually improved by a worldwide
army of programmers.
"It was after talk of Linux surfaced that Microsoft offered to
reveal its source code..."