With the announcement in 1982 (Showa 57) of the adoption of INS by the Japanese Telephone Corporation (now NTT), as well as the launching in 1984 of Japan's first practical communications satellite 'Yuri 2a,' ... the 1980's are the dawn of the multimedia era. With the start of satellite TV broadcasting, news around the world is brought into the home the moment it occurs. All television stations elevate news to major status level and viewers feel that they themselves are present at the exact moment of many historical events, including the Tian An Men Incident (1989), the destruction of the Berlin Wall (1989) as a symbol of the Cold War between the east and west, and the fall of the Soviet Union (1991) and the Eastern European political structure. A new era has arrived, and a global perspective is now essential.