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Welcome to the Global Information Summit

DATE: Tuesday, March 10, 1998
PLACE: Nikkei Hall and Keidanren Hall,
Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
THEME: Cyber Warfare and Global Collaboration --
The imperative for government and corporate change

Keynote Speech
MagazinerIra Magaziner,

Senior Advisor to the President for Policy Development (U.S)

"Government Policy and the Information Society"

BIOGRAPHY

SekimotoTadahiro Sekimoto,

Chairman, NEC Corp.

"Key Issues for Developing the Information Society"

BIOGRAPHY

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Global Information Summit Opens in Tokyo

Keynote speeches by a top U.S. policy-maker and the chairman of NEC Corp. kicked off Tuesday's Global Information Summit at the Nikkei Hall in Otemachi, Tokyo.

The summit has drawn information experts from around the world to discuss the profound changes societies are undergoing as a result of the telecommunications revolution.

The morning session got underway when Takuhiko Tsuruta, president and CEO of Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc., offered words of greeting. "Nations,corporations and individuals face changes in their lifestyles as information flows easily beyond national borders," he said, adding that the summit, which was presented by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, was put together to begin to resolve the issues that have arisen as a result of the telecommunications revolution.

Next up was Takuma Yamamoto, chairman emeritus of Fujitsu Ltd. and the commissioner of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) to offer his words of greeting. "Conventional legal institutions will not be enough to protect people" in the new technological age. He called for a sweeping and culturally sensitive approach to global information issues.

The Global Information Summit's theme was "Cyber Warfare and Global Collaboration: The Imperative for government and corporate change."

Keynote speeches were delivered by Ira Magaziner, senior adviser to the U.S. president for policy development, and Tadahiro Sekimoto, chairman of NEC Corp. (see related articles).

The Global Information Summit was sponsored by the following companies: AOL Japan, Inc.; DDI Corporation; The Fuji Bank, Ltd; Hewlett-Packard Japan, Ltd.; Hitachi, Ltd; IBM Japan, Ltd.; The Industrial Bank Of Japan, Ltd; Mitsubishi Corp.; Mitsui & Co., Ltd.; Nihon Unisys, Ltd.; Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp.; NEC Corp.; Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc.; TOPPAN Printing Co., Ltd; Toshiba Corporation; and The Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd..

The summit continued in the afternoon with three concurrent panel discussions on the following themes:

Desperate need for infrastructure improvements in the Asia Pacific region.

New developments in electronic commerce: Scenarios for economic structural improvements.

Emerging netizens and new democracy: Global collaboration to solve society's network problems.

Nihon Keizai's Tsuruta pointed out that the summit discussions were enhanced by online discussions that began several weeks ago.

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For further information: Global Information Summit Office (gis@nikkei.co.jp)

Copyright 1998 Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc., all rights reserved.