In the 2000 business year, the number of users of mobile computers in Japan , excluding voice-service users, will be 20 times what it is in the current business year and is likely to total 13.63 million people, an industry group reported Tuesday.

According to the projection by Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium, an organization composed of 60 computer-related and telephone companies to promote mobile computing here, the number of mobile phone users and portable-handy phone users will grow steadily from the current 38.2 million to 63.1 million in the 2000 business year.

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