The proposals to split-up Japan's NTT

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  • Prof. Masatomo Fujimoto

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    1. Faculty of Economics Faculty of System Engineering Wakayama University 930 Sakaedani, Wakayama City 640 (Japan)
    • Faculty of Economics Faculty of System Engineering Wakayama University 930 Sakaedani, Wakayama City 640 (Japan)
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    • Masatomo Fujimoto was born in Hyogo Prefecture in Japan in 1935. He received his doctorate in physical chemistry from Kyoto University in 1970. In 1961 he joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Electrical Communications Laboratories, where his main activities have been in the fields of compound semiconductor materials and optical semiconductor devices for fiber communication systems. From 1989 to 1996 he was a research fellow at the Fujimoto Research Laboratory of NTT's Optoelectronic Laboratories. He is currently a Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Systems Engineering, Wakayama University.


Abstract

The fate of researchers at NTT, Japan's telecommunications company, has been hanging in the balance since 1982, when the debate first began about whether to split-up NTT. The next decision is due in March 1997. Professor Fujimoto briefly traces the history of the debate and considers the possible consequences of a split: Would it encourage or discourage competitiveness? What would be the effect on long-term, fundamental research compared to short-term, product-oriented projects? The present organizational structure of NTT's R & D is outlined.

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