Japan urges digital standard

TOKYO — Japan’s Posts & Telecommunications Ministry will propose to the U.S. and European Union the development of common standards for terrestrial digital television broadcasting, a Japanese economic daily reported Sunday.

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun said the ministry wants to seek common standards for program production and editing to facilitate international distribution of TV programming. At present, the technologies do not have a standard format.

The posts ministry is scheduled to begin a three-year joint study with the Federal Communications Commission and the European Commission in fiscal 1998, which starts April 1. Business interests in the U.S., Japan and Europe will also participate in the study, along with Japan’s Assn. of Radio Industries & Businesses, the paper said.

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