Japan's Education Ministry plans to improve Internet services used by isolated schools for remote learning. The effort will kick off in April next year with the goal to narrow the education gap between urban and rural communities.
The ministry already offers online learning at schools on remote islands and in under populated areas. But officials say the connections are unstable and video lectures sometimes get cut off.
To reduce these problems, the ministry will start use of a high-speed link called Science Information Network, or SINET, to connect public schools nationwide. SINET is mainly used by universities at the moment.
Officials say the link could also be used to connect high schools and university research labs. This would offer high school students access to lectures by specialists.