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Since the invention of letterpress printing, printed matter has been essential to daily life as a means of obtaining information. At the same time, the work of editing and producing publications has become increasingly computerized and electronic publications are becoming widespread on media such as CD-ROM.
In the newspaper industry, also, an investigation has begun into "electronic newspapers" to provide an electronic version of newspaper information.
The industry is also considering new multimedia-type services, which provide additional information using moving pictures and audio, as well as printed information and pictures.
The Yomiuri Shimbun and Hitachi, Ltd. have jointly developed a system enabling digitized information to be compiled as an electronic newspaper and distributed nationwide via communication satellite.
In November, 1994 the two firms began Phase I experiments to prove the concept and validate the technology. At present, Phase II is underway to add and improve functions. Through these trials, this team will acquire the know-how for the future application of this technology.