Some 73 percent of Japanese workers have used the Internet for personal purposes in the workplace, according to a recent survey by research firm Macromill Inc. The survey shows only 27.5 percent of the respondents said they have never used the Internet for personal reasons at work.

In the multiple-choice survey that allowed more than one answer per question, 60.7 percent said they use the Internet at work for viewing Web sites, 56.4 percent for e-mail and 24.7 percent for reading e-mail newsletters.

In addition, 15.8 percent said they use the Internet for online shopping, 13.7 percent for online banking and 10.6 percent for online auctions.

A majority, 54.4 percent, said using the Net helps them improve productivity. Only 1.5 percent said it undermines productivity.

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