The popular image of Japan is as a wildly technological place that strides boldly into the future. Sometimes, visitors to Tokyo will swear that the city already is the future.
One government poll shows that although 44% of Japanese use
the internet at least once or twice a month, the rest responded that
they use it 'hardly at all' or 'not at all'.
"Japanese banks, post offices, government offices, all are staffed
with three to five times the employees because they must do every
process once on paper and then again on computer," says Taro Hitachi a
technical editor and patent reader at Hitachi. "Do you see the pattern here? Japanese aren't all that happy
about spiteful machines and distrust automation."
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