Proposals for realization of a free, fair and transparent information and telecommunications market
--Aiming for structural reform and economic rejuvenation--
The foregoing has been a discussion of the outlook of the desired shape of the information communication market and the state of the systematic framework needed to realize this, from the viewpoint of the user. What is important is to respond to changes in user needs brought about by changes in people's lifestyles and values and by technological innovation that is progressing rapidly, and to make it possible for the country's citizens to receive in a timely and appropriate manner the benefits of using information communication technology. To this end, it is necessary to make it so that businesses can respond to user needs freely on the basis of the principle of self-responsibility of the individual, in the midst of free and fair competition, and further easing of regulations and preparing of rules that promote competition must be undertaken. It is important that in the future even NTT, which at present is a special corporation, be given greater management freedom in response to progress in competition.
At the same time, it is necessary that advanced information communication network development take place and demand relating to information communication be further spurred. As Keidanren proposed in detail in the "Proposal on Promotion of Information Development" published in July of last year, the government, in aiming for a high degree of usage of information communication technology, should
Information communication is expected to be a leading field guiding Japan into the 21st century, and information communication policy government administration is similarly sought to lead government administration in other sectors.