Laptop shipments in Japan hit record high

Shipments of laptop computers in Japan hit a record high for the month of February. Demand from the central government ordering PCs for school programs amid the coronavirus pandemic boosted the numbers.

The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association says 985,000 devices were shipped last month. That's a jump of 182.4 percent from a year ago, and the highest for a February since data-taking began in 2008.

The increase is attributed to a government project to equip elementary- and junior-high school children with personal computers. Another factor was demand from individuals working from home.

The association says the current pace of increase may slow. That's because many municipalities are scheduled to complete their distribution of PCs to schools by next week, when the academic year ends.