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Officials unveiled on Tuesday a range of proposals to create as many as 400,000 jobs on the basis of increased capital outlays relating to information and communications technologies over the next three years.

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said it wants the government to integrate the proposals related to information and communications technology into a package of pump-priming measures now being drawn up by the government and ruling coalition.

The proposals call for creating new industries and business fields on the basis of a large band of radio frequencies to be made vacant following the imminent termination of analog-based television broadcasts as the TV industry shifts to digital terrestrial broadcasts.

The proposals call for using technological innovations to revitalize small and midsize enterprises hit by the global economic slowdown.

Communications minister Kunio Hatoyama said expediting economic activity related to information and communications technology “will have speedy effects in revitalizing the Japanese economy.”

A panel of experts that has been advising the communications minister recently recommended the government take measures that could double the scale of the domestic market for goods and services in information and communications technology to about ¥200 trillion by 2015.

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