This text challenges the portrait of Japan as a technologically slow moving nation, lacking in creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Overcoming the substantial barriers erected by the Japanese government to the introduction of the Internet, promoters and entrepreneurs managed to create a flexible and dynamic Internet society. From a slow start, Japan has emerged as the global leader in the mobile internet, the host of arguably the strongest nation-specific web-presence in the world, and a country determined to remain near the forefront of the digital revolution.
KEN COATES is the Dean and Professor of History, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan. He has an extensive background in world history, the social impact of information technology, and indigenous rights. He has published two other books with Carin Holroyd.CARIN HOLROYD is a specialist in international trade, focusing on Japan. She is the author of Government, International Trade and Laissez-Fair Capitalism: Canada, Australia and New Zealand's Relation with Japan. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the College of Commerce, University of Saskatchewan.