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No.24, March, 2002
  • Second Report on Desirable Pro-Competitive Policies in the Telecommunications Business Field for Promoting the IT Revolution
  • Interim Report of the "Study Group on New Business Models and the Grand Design of Competitive Environments for the New Information and Communications Era" Released
  • Toward Realization of Optimal Frequency Allocation
  • "Study Group on IP Network Technology" Compiles Report
  • "Study Group into Space Communications for the Formation of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society" Releases Final Report
  • "Third International Forum on Advanced Satellite Communications in the Asia-Pacific Region" Held in Tsukuba City
  • "2002 Forum on the Results of the POST-PARTNERS Experiments" Held
No.23, February, 2002
  • "Study Group on Countermeasures against Unsolicited/Nuisance E-mails" Compiles an Interim Report
  • Addition of Typical Business Examples to "Guidelines Concerning the Distinction between Communications and Broadcasting in Converging New Services that Utilize Communications Satellites"
  • Analysis of Information and Communications Technology's Economic Effects Communications Industry Increases Revenues by 2.8% in FY2000
  • Communications Industry Increases Revenues by 2.8% in FY2000
  • Communications Industry Increases Revenues by 4.3% in the II Quarter of FY2001
No.22, January, 2002
  • MPHPT Minister KATAYAMA Visits Korea and China
  • "Research Group on Disclosure, Etc. of Radio Spectrum Use" Compiles a Report
  • "Study Group on R&D of Standard Time Validation and Time-stamping Services" Held
  • First Report of "Study Group on Broadcasting Policy" Released
No.21, January, 2002
  • New Senior Vice-Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries Appointed
  • The Seventh Japan-France Regular Bilateral Consultation Held
  • Agreement on Mutual Recognition between Japan and the European Community Enacted
  • Telecommunications Business Dispute Settlement Commission Established
  • Report from "Study Group on Security and Reliability of 3G Mobile Communications Systems" Released
No.20, January, 2002
  • Promoting Collaborative Experiment of IPv6/Satellite Internet
  • "Basic Approach for Assessment of the Possibility of Hindrance to Securing of Fair Competition in Telecommunications Business" Published
  • Participants from ITU-Workshop Visit MPHPT
  • FY2000 Japan's Communications Usage Trends in Traffic Surveyed
  • Introduction of Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) for Small Airplanes
No.19, December 24, 2001
  • Japan-Finland Joint Announcement on Mobile Internet Released
  • Publication of "Guidelines for Promotion of Competition in the Telecommunications Business Field"
  • The "Study Group on Future Prospects of Ubiquitous Network Technology" Held
  • Results of the First Survey of FY2001 Telecommunications Service Monitors
  • CDMA High-Speed Mobile Communications System to Be Introduce
No.18, December 10, 2001
  • The Seventh Japan-China Regular Bilateral Consultation Held
  • he 11th Japan-Canada Regular Bilateral Consultation Held
  • "Panel on Future Image of Broadcasting in Broadband Age" to Be Held
No.17, November 26, 2001
  • Digital Opportunity Forum (Asian Diversity and the Role of Japan) Held
  • "Study Group on the New Business Methods and the Grand Design of the Competitive Environment for the New Information and Communications Era" Held
  • Public Comments Invited on Issues Concerning NHK's Subsidiaries, Etc.
  • The First Meeting of the "Study Group on Information Security Business and Collaboration between Public and Private Sectors" Held
  • Toward the Introduction of a Wireless Access System to High-Speed Internet
  • Special Training Course "Promotion of Local Informatization" Held
No.16, November 15, 2001
  • National Broadband Initiative
  • Program for Promotion of e-Government at National and Local Levels
  • Introduction of Broadband Mobile Access System Using Quasi-Millimeter Band Frequency
  • Toward Advancement of Wireless System Using 2.4GHz Band
  • The Sixth ITU-R WP8F Meeting in Toky
No.15, October 29, 2001
  • Minister Toranosuke Katayama Visits France and Finland
  • Mr. Liu Dong, President and CEO of the Beijing Internet-networking Institute (BII), Visits MPHPT and Delivers Speech
  • "Study Group on the Next-Generation Closed Caption" Held
  • FY2000 Revenues and Expenditures of General Broadcasters and Cable TV Operators
  • Communications Industry Shows Sales Growth by 8.8% in Q-I FY2001
No.14, October 15, 2001
  • Senior Vice-Minister Kosaka Attends the 3rd GBDe Conference
  • Survey on Price Variances between Domestic and Overseas Telecommunications Services
No.13, October 8, 2001
  • Publication of "Guidelines for Promotion of Competition in the Telecommunications Business Field" (Draft)
  • Japan-Finland Ministerial Meeting and the Third Policy Discourse
  • Outline of Survey on Price Variances between Domestic and Overseas Telecommunications Services
No.12, September 24, 2001
  • IT Policy Principles
  • Indian IT and Communications Minister Pramod Mahajan Pays Courtesy Visit to Senior Vice-Minister Kosaka
  • Experiments of IAA System Successfully Concluded
No.11, September 10, 2001
  • Promotion Measures for Nationwide Construction of High/Ultrahigh-speed Internet
  • Toward Diffusion of Websites with Excellent Accessibility
  • Facilities and Equipment Investment by Communications Industry Totals 3.8 Trillion Yen in FY2000, Scheduled to Reach 4.1 Trillion Yen Total in FY2001
No.10, August 20, 2001
  • Internet Policy Direction in the 21st Century
  • Second Report on "Interconnection Rules in the IT Age"
  • "Study Group on the Formation of Network Distribution Market of Digital Content"
  • World's Fastest Realtime VLBI Experiment Successful
No.9, July 30, 2001
  • "Study Group on Business Model over Next-Generation Mobile Communications System" Compiles a Report
  • Outlook for Future Mobile Communication Systems
  • Toward Realization of Server-type Broadcasting System
No.8, July 30, 2001
  • Law to Amend Telecommunications Business Law, NTT Law and Related Laws Passed the Diet on June 15
  • "Study Group Concerning Policies for the Preparation of a Mobile Content Business Environment" Compiles a Report
  • Advanced Use of PHS (Personal Handyphone System) and Efficient Use of Frequencies to Be Promoted
No.7, July 16, 2001
  • Regular Personnel Changes
  • "Study Group on Security and Reliability of Third-Generation Mobile Communications Systems" Held
  • "Study Group on IP Network Technology" Held
  • Basic Research 21 for Breakthroughs in Info-communications
No.6, July 2, 2001
  • Penetration of Cable TV
  • Countermeasures against Advertisement, SPAM and Other Unwanted Mails Sent to Mobile Telephone Terminals
  • Deliberation on CDMA2000 1xEV-DO System Started at the Telecommunications Council
  • First Meeting of "Promotion Conference on Quantum Communications Research" Held
  • Introduction of Broadband Mobile Access System Using Quasi-millimeter Band Frequency
No.5, June 18, 2001
  • Japan-Korea Collaboration Confirmed in the Info-communications Field Including 4G
  • Introductory Phase Service of FOMA 3G Mobile Communications Launched
  • MPHPT Requested NTT to Formulate Voluntary Action Plans to Promote Competition in the Telecommunications Market
  • CRYPTREC Advisory Committee Held
  • Conformity of Existing Mobile Telephone Terminals with Radio-Radiation Protection Guidelines Confirmed
No.4, June 4, 2001
  • Japan-U.K. Collaboration Confirmed toward Realization of the Next-Generation Info-communications User Environment Including 4G
  • Coping with Advertisement, SPAM and Other Unwanted Mails Sent to Mobile Telephone Terminals via Internet Services
  • Results of the Second Survey of FY2000 Telecommunications Service Monitors
  • Number of DSL Service Lines
No.3, May 21, 2001
  • Vice-Minister Hamada Holds Press Conference on "ITU and Global Standardization of Info-communications"
  • Number of Internet Users in CY2000 Reaches 47,080,000
  • Results of "CY 2000 Communications Usage Trend Survey" Compiled
  • Report Compiled by the Research Meeting for Next-Generation Broadcasting
  • Survey on "Overall Results on Japan's Communications Industry" (Third Quarter of FY2000)
  • ITU Reform for Meeting Market Demands
No.1 and 2, APR 23, 2001
  • Law Concerning Electronic Signatures and Certification Services Enforced
  • "L-mode" Services of NTT Regional Companies to Be Permitted
  • Toward Implementation of Higher-quality R&D
  • Toward Advancement of CDMA Cellular Telephone Systems Using 800MHz Band
  • Toward Advancement of Wireless System Using 2.4GHz Band
  • Report on the "Guideline for Use of Utility Poles, Ducts, Conduits, etc. in the Telecommunications Field"
  • Introduction of the Radio-radiation Protection Regulation on Cellular Phone Devices Intended for Use in Close Proximity to the Side of the Head