Schools and colleges in Japan are following in the footsteps of the University of Tokyo and switching to Macs.

According to the Faculty of Fine Arts at Kyushu Sangyo University in Fukuoka bought 80 iMac G5 computers in September.

And in the autumn Tohoku University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ochanomizu University and Kobe University all placed orders for Macs.

There are a number of reasons for the move to Macs, according to Asahi: in April a reform of state-run universities made them more responsible for their own finances; Apple has been stepping up its sales pitches – the company now employs an education team of 10 people; and schools are discovering that students at University of Tokyo and Tokyo Woman's Christian University require less support when using Macs than they did when using Windows based PCs.

There is another reason, according to Apple: "The G5 offers, at a cost of several hundred thousand yen, what previous computers did at a cost of several million yen. Campuses used to be able to afford only a few computers this powerful.''