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Japan plans to complete its national fiber-optic networks by March 2022 to meet the urgent need for online education, medical and other services amid the coronavirus pandemic, government officials have said.

It will bring forward an earlier plan by two years. The communications ministry has secured a total of ¥53 billion ($496 million) under the extra budgets for fiscal 2020 to financially support local governments and businesses in providing long-distance, high-performance data networking and telecommunications.

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