construction due to low profitability etc., local governments are expected to take the necessary support measures.
A nationwide satellite communications network is presently being constructed by a joint venture with the public sector.
CATV, databases, videotex, personal computer communications and information network base facilities are examples of information network infrastructures which should be developed by local governments.
3) Construction of an information network for local industry and promotion of information-related industries
This section deals with items which should be taken into consideration when supporting the construction of an information network for local industry, encouraging location of information-related industries, and promoting local development projects.
While the core of Japanese industry is shifting to the service sector great expectations are laid on regional development of information-related industries, such as information services, in the fourth nationwide general development plan.
In this context, the first guidelines point out the necessity for promoting the introduction of an information network by existing companies to encourage local industry and the necessity for support by local governments to encourage local entrepreneurship and development of information-related industries.
(4) Establishment of system for promoting local information networks
In order to promote construction of a local information network, it is essential to establish a promotion system. First of all, a promotion system must be established inside local government, since construction of a local information network is related to every administrative field.
In addition, comprehensive and systematic development of a local information network can bring multiple benefits to the area.
The first guidelines expect prefectural governments to play a role as a link between local authorities. Also, the guidelines mention the importance of utilizing information-related associations such as the Regional Information Centre.
The first guidelines expect joint organizations to be established by the