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No.24, March 28, 2003
  • Second Meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) Successfully Concluded
  • "Japan-EU Bilateral Consultation" and "Japan EU ICT Symposium" Held
  • "Study Group on Optimal Area Construction for Cellular Telephone Services" Announces Report
  • Communications Usage Trend Survey in 2002 Compiled
  • "Study Group on Desirable Next-Generation R&D Networks toward Ubiquitous Network Age" Held
No.23, March 17, 2003
  • APT Conference Preparatory Group Meeting for ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC)
  • Holding of "Study Group concerning Information Privacy in the Telecommunications Business Field"
  • Final Report of "Study Group on Broadcasting Policy" (Outline)
  • "List of the e-Government recommended cryptographic techniques" Adopted
No.22, February 28, 2003
  • "Roundtable Conference on the Future Aspects of Broadcasting in the Broadband Age" Compiles "Second Action Plan for the Promotion of Digital Broadcasting"
  • "Global Information Summit 2003" Held
  • Number of Subscribers to DSL Services Hits the 6-million Mark
No.21, February 17, 2003
  • "Japan-UK Consultation" and "Japan-UK Ubiquitous Networks Roundtable" Successful
  • Toward Advancement of Wireless System Using 2.4-GHz Band
  • Revision of Cable TV Technical Standards for Meeting New Reception Modes Including Digital Broadcasting
  • Mr. Kalman Kovacs, Hungarian Minister of Information and Communication, Pays Courtesy Visit to Minister KATAYAMA
No.19-20, February 4, 2003
  • Results of the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
  • Joint Statement with Malaysia and Memorandum with Thailand
  • First Report of the "Study Group on Policies Concerning the Effective Radio Spectrum Use" Announced
  • Final Report of "Study Group Concerning Satellite Broadcasting" Announced
  • Regular Personnel Change
No.18, December 27, 2002
  • Summary by the Chair of the "International Conference for Asia Broadband Strategy" and the Report of the "Study Group for the Asia Broadband Program" Announced
  • Advanced Radio Technology Symposium 2002 Held
  • OECD Secretary-General Donald Johnston Pays Courtesy Visit on Senior Vice-Minister KATO
No.17, December 12, 2002
  • Director-General ISHIHARA Attends 2002 China NGN Forum & IPv6 Interoperability Event
  • Communications Industry Forecasts Sales Increase
  • ITU Secretary-General UTSUMI Holds Lecture Meeting on WSIS
No.16, November 21,2002
  • The Japan-Finland Policy Dialogue and IT Symposium Held
  • "Study Group on Broadcast Program Production in the Broadband Age" Held
  • Special Training Course "Promotion of Local Informatization" Held
No.15, November 6,2002
  • "Study Group on Approaches to Dealing with Malicious Communications" Releases Report
  • Licensing Policies for Terrestrial Digital TV Broadcasting Stations Set Forth
  • Toward Advanced Low-Power Radio Systems
No.14, October 21, 2002
  • New Senior Vice-Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries Appointed
  • Mr. UTSUMI Re-elected for a Second Term as Secretary-General of ITU
  • ICT Cooperation among Japan, China and Korea to Be Strengthened
  • Toward Introduction of Ultra-Wideband Radio Systems
No.13, October 7, 2002
  • Policy on Calculation of Interconnection Charges Based on the Revised LRIC Model
  • FY2001 Survey Results on Price Variances between Domestic and Overseas Telecommunications Services Compiled
  • The Fifth Japan-Sweden Policy Dialogue Held
  • Meeting Held between Minister KATAYAMA and French Minister Delegate for Industry Nicole FONTAINE, Attached to the Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry
No.12, September 24, 2002
  • Second Interim Report of the Telecommunications Council on the "Internet Policy Direction in the 21st Century"
  • "Study Group on Methods for Evaluating Competition in the Telecommunications Fields as IP Evolves" to Be Held
  • "International Conference on Globalization of Information" Held in China
No.10-11, September 9, 2002
  • Focusing on Priority Areas in FY2003 Budget
  • Inquiry Concerning Development of Radio Policy Vision to Telecommunications Council
  • Frequency Assignment Plan for Microwave Bands to Be Amended
  • Telecommunications Council Compiles Report on "Desirable R&D Approach for Ensuring Technological Competitiveness Pertaining to Information and Communications Technology in Japan"
  • Mr. Reuven Rivlin, Israeli Minister of Communications Pays Courtesy Visits to Minister KATAYAMA and Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination TSUKIO
No.9, August 12, 2002
  • Report on "Interconnection Rules in the IT Age" Released
  • Interim Report from the Study Group Concerning Satellite Broadcasting Released
  • "Study Group on Network-human Interface" Compiles Report
  • Results of the Second Meeting of "China-Japan-Republic of Korea ICT Working Group at DG Level" and "Japan-China Policy Dialogue on Regulations and Pro-Competitive Policies"
  • Regular Personnel Changes
No.8, July 29, 2002
  • "International Conference for Asia Broadband Strategy" and "Study Group for the Asia Broadband Program" Held
  • Survey Results of Study on Telework and SOHO Announced
  • MPHPT and Moroccan Secretary of State in Charge of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technologies, Nasr Hajji Sign MoU
No.7, July 15, 2002
  • Toward Diffusion of Time Business
  • Release of White Paper 2002 "Information and Communications in Japan"
  • "Study Group on Policies Concerning the Effective Radio Spectrum Use" Compiles an Interim Report
No.6, July 1, 2002
  • Public Comments Invited on Preliminary Draft of the Final Report of the "Special Department for Desirable Pro-Competitive Policies in the Telecommunications Business Field for Promoting the IT Revolution"
  • "Study Group on New Business Models and Grand Design of Competitive Environments for the New Information and Communications Era" Releases Final Report
  • "Study Group on Future Prospects of Ubiquitous Network Technology" Compiles Report
No.5, june 17, 2002
  • APEC TELMIN 5 Successfully Concluded
  • Japan-China Telecommunications Policies Dialogue Held
  • Communications Usage Trend Survey in 2001 Compiled
  • The 27th Conference of the AIC Successfully Closed
  • "Study Group on Policies to Provide Consumers with Support in Telecommunications Field" Compiles Report
No.4, june 3, 2002
  • "Study Group on the Next-Generation Closed Caption" Releases Report
  • Establishment of the "e-Policy Support Network of Japan"
  • 3-D Route Guide Using 3D-GIS Demonstrated
No.3, May 20, 2002
  • Results of ITU Council 2002
  • The Ninth Japan-Germany Regular Bilateral Consultation Held
  • CRYPTREC Advisory Committee Report FY2001 Released
  • Telecommunications Council Submits Report Concerning Technical Conditions for 5 GHz Band Wireless Access System
  • Chairman Klaus SCHWAB of WEF Visits MPHPT
Nos.1-2, April 30, 2002
  • Report Compiled by the Study Group on Long-Run Incremental Cost Model
  • Toward Diversified Applications of Wireless Card Systems
  • "Study Group on Telecommunications Number of FY 2002" Held
  • "Study Group Concerning Satellite Broadcasting" Held
  • Results of Japan-China Policy Dialogue on Regulations and Pro-Competitive Policies
No.7, July 15, 2002
  • Toward Diffusion of Time Business
  • Release of White Paper 2002 "Information and Communications in Japan"
  • "Study Group on Policies Concerning the Effective Radio Spectrum Use" Compiles an Interim Report
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