The Education Ministry will ask for nearly double its previous share of tax money in fiscal 2000 to put more of the nation’s schools online, according to its draft budget request for next year, released Friday.

The ministry plans to allocate 5.2 billion yen of its budget to promote information technology in schools and train teachers to teach students how to use computers. The amount is 2.5 billion yen more than the 1999 figure of 2.6 billion yen.

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