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    INTRODUCTION: Troubled labour relations may prevent newspapers form introducing revolutionary technology.

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    SV & GV Document being passed over counter for copying. (2 SHOTS) 0.22
    SV Man placing document in machine. (2 SHOTS) 0.38
    SV EXTERIOR Osaka Central Post Office. 0.39
    SV & CU INTERIOR Facsimile arrives and is placed in envelope inside Pose Office. (3 SHOTS) 0.56
    SV EXTERIOR Motor cyclist rushing to deliver document. 1.00
    SV, CU & GV Inside printing plant. (8 SHOTS) 1.44
    SV Lit public booth giving demonstration of Telenewspaper with customer receiving paper. (3 SHOTS) 2.00

    Background: TOKYO, JAPAN

    INTRODUCTION: Troubled labour relations may prevent newspapers form introducing revolutionary technology. Already papers may be obtained simply by pressing a button on a television set. An English-language daily in Tokyo is experimenting with electronic facsimile delivery to hotels and business houses.

    SYNOPSIS: A new system known as "Mail-Fax" is being used to speed written communications between Tokyo and Osaka. Taking a delivery time somewhere between ordinary letters and telegrams, the system employs facsimile transmission equipment to reproduce a hand written document, map of illustration. The new system allows such material to be transmitted between Tokyo and Osaka with minimum delay, and provides far more versatility than telegrams which are limited to typewritten messages. The sender simply takes the document to they Post Office where it is placed in the facsimile transmitter. The system is much cheaper than telegrams. Seconds later, the facsimile emerges form the machine at the Post Office in Osaka. The reproduction is then logged, placed in an envelope and sent out for delivery. The system takes approximately five hours for delivery between Tokyo and Osaka, whereas the ordinary mail delivery takes two days.

    In Geneva, the International Labour Organisation said the present state of labour relations in the print industry would possibly prevent such a technological revolution taking place in newspapers. They said that the British Post Office expected to be offering instant home printouts of newspapers by early 1990. Preliminary talks are taking place between the British government and the semi-official Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation. The organisation side, however, that the new technology presented the greatest threat and challenge that has ever existed to unions in the print industry and their members. In Japan, the Asahi evening newspaper is delivered by this method. The front page is placed in a facsimile unit and at the press of a button the page comes out of a receiving units in Tokyo's Imperial Hotel. Guests gathered round to read the English-language newspaper as it was delivered.

    Source: REUTERS, JAPAN

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