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Telecommunications Policy

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Peer Reviewed Article

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The major law which provided for the privatization of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) in 1984 is up for review by the Japanese government in April 1990. Given the continuing domination of Japan's telecommunications market by NTT, ultimate divestiture of the privatized NTT remains a likely outcome of the review. Against this backdrop, this study presents an analysis of the forces which have shaped Japan's privatization and liberalization policy throughout the period 1980-89, and are likely to lead to additional reforms in Japan's telecommunications system in the course of the upcoming policy review.


NOTICE: this is the author’s final version of a work that was accepted for publication in Telecommunications Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published as:

Akhavan-Majid, Roya, (1990). "Telecommunication Policymaking in Japan: 1980s and Beyond." Telecommunications Policy, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 159-168. DOI: 10.1016/0308-5961(90)90033-N



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