Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) plans to establish a government-led research group to discuss the next generation of mobile technologies after 5G, local press is reported as saying. The Nikkei suggests that Japan’s plans for ‘post-5G’ (i.e. 6G) technology envisage communications rates that are ten time faster than 5G by 2030, while noting that the likes of China, Finland and South Korea have also begun R&D work and investment in this respect. In Japan, the MIC will reportedly work with officials from NTT DOCOMO and Toshiba to formulate wide-ranging strategies on ‘sixth-generation’ performance goals and policy support by June 2020, promoting the development of 6G using funds from the state budget. ‘The research will centre on network speeds that can instantly transfer large amounts of data instantly. This technology is suitable for transmitting large amounts of data. Unused high-frequency radio waves will also be used for communication’ the report read.