Reform of Japanese Telecommunications Law: Panacea or Placebo

Colber, Douglas W. | January 1, 1987

This Comment outlines the development of Japanese telecommunications law as it shifted the market from a government monopoly to private enterprise. This Comment first describes Japan’s former policy goals for telecommunications and the effects of its older telecommunications laws.6 Next, this Comment describes Japan’s new telecommunications laws and the policy interests that shaped them.17 This Comment also analyzes whether the impact of the new laws actually furthers their intended policy objectives.”8 The Comment concludes that Japan’s new telecommunications laws do promote several of Japan’s current policy objectives, but represent only part of a long-term remedy for correcting the telecommunications trade imbalance between Japan and the United States.