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lease 2014 April 15, Pres

Comment of the Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications on Adoption of the Japanese Terrestrial Digital TV Broadcasting System in the Republic of Maldives

On April 15, 2014, Mr. President Abdulla Yammen of the Republic of Maldives, who is currently making an official visit to Japan, notified Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Japan-Maldives summit meeting that the Republic of Maldives had decided to adopt the Japanese terrestrial digital TV broadcasting (hereinafter referred to as “terrestrial digital broadcasting”).

Although the Republic of Maldives (hereinafter referred to as “Maldives”) decided to adopt the Japanese terrestrial digital broadcasting system for state-run broadcasters in October 2011, it has not made a decision to adopt the Japanese system for the country as a whole including commercial broadcasters.

I made an official visit to Maldives from June 29 to July 3, 2013 for the first time as a Japanese cabinet minister. I had talks with Mr. President Mohammed Waheed (then) and Minister of Transport and Communication Ameen Ibrahim to exchange opinions on important fields for our two countries such as oceanic cooperation, personnel exchange and disaster prevention and strongly recommended them to adopt the Japanese system. In addition, we invited Minister of Transport and Communication Ibrahim to the Terrestrial Digital Broadcasting International Seminar held in the Philippines on January 13, 2014 and again recommended him to adopt the Japanese system.

ICT including the Japanese terrestrial digital broadcasting system can be used to solve social issues of how to provide disaster information, education and medical services in Maldives which is an island country consisting of 1,200 islands. The Japanese terrestrial digital broadcasting system not only digitalizes broadcasts in Maldives but also displays its power in disaster prevention and disaster mitigation by combining it with other ICT, and enhances education and telemedical services in collaboration with data broadcasting, thus contributing to various fields including communication and broadcasting, medical care and national land management which constitute national infrastructure. The Japanese system protects the lives of citizens at times of emergency and provides convenient life at ordinary times so that a new type of life can be realized by combining broadcasting with ICT. This is what we have suggested to Maldives.

It is our pleasure to know that Maldives has decided to adopt the Japanese terrestrial digital broadcasting system as a result of all the efforts. Maldives is the first country to adopt adopted the Japanese system in Southwest Asia.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications welcomes the decision made by the Government of Maldives and we will strive to provide support for smooth transition to terrestrial digital broadcasting in terms of infrastructure such as the establishment of terrestrial digital networks and comprehensive support for development of the country including cooperation in the field of content and human resource development.

We have been promoting the Japanese system as part of a global expansion of made-in Japan ICT. We have committed ourselves to strengthening the international expansion of the entire field of ICT taking advantage of terrestrial digital broadcasting.

April 15, 2014
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshitaka SHINDO


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