• Kyodo


Shipments of laptop computers in Japan surged 25.1% in 2020 to hit a record high due to increased teleworking amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and the government’s policy to supply computers to each elementary and junior high school student, an industry body said Tuesday.

Laptop shipments reached 8.9 million units, but fell 0.2% by value to ¥679.7 billion from a year earlier, partly because demand concentrated on low-priced laptops to secure units in a limited budget to distribute them to schools, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association said.

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