The Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren) called on the government Tuesday to spend 5.44 trillion yen over five years on information technology and to increase the number of Internet users in Japan to 70 million by 2003.

The nation’s most powerful business group said 2.25 trillion yen should be spent to computerize all government documents and procedures, 2.2 trillion yen to improve computer literacy among teachers and students, and 990 billion yen to support important high-tech research and development projects.

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