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Press Release

November 5, 2013

Re-assertion of the Republic of the Philippines to Adopt Japanese-Brazilian System for Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting

The Republic of the Philippines re-asserted its adoption of the Japanese-Brazilian system (hereinafter referred to as “the Japanese digital terrestrial system”) on November 5.
Although the Arroyo administration of the Republic of the Philippines once decided to adopt the Japanese digital terrestrial system in June 2010, President Aquino, who took office in the same month to succeed Mr. Arroyo, began reviewing this decision. As a result of the reconsideration of the government of the Philippines, however, the Executive Office of the President of the Philippines has today confirmed the Philippines’ final decision to adopt the Japanese digital terrestrial system.
This conclusion was the result of the powerful lobbying of the Japanese government for the Republic of the Philippines. During the Japan-Philippines Summit Meetings in July 27 and October 9, in particular, Prime Minister Abe expressed Japan’s high expectation from President Aquino for the Philippines’ adoption of the Japanese digital terrestrial system and promoted the Philippines’ re-assertion.
The Japanese government welcomes this, and intends to support the smooth introduction of the Japanese digital terrestrial system.
The Republic of the Philippines will be the only country adopting the Japanese digital terrestrial system in the ASEAN region. The decision of the Republic of the Philippines, a country geographically close to Japan with a population of more than 90 million, has a great significance in terms of the promotion of overseas operations of Japanese enterprises.


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