AOL to launch in Japan

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America Online will open a Japanese version of its service April 15 in conjunction with Mitsui & Co. and Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei). The service will cost about $8 per month for 3 hours, plus $4 for each additional hour. New subscribers will get the first 10 hours of the first month free--a marketing plan similar to one AOL used in the U.S. before switching last year to flat-rate pricing.

In addition to Japan, AOL operates in the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Canada.

Copyright March 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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