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No.24,March 29, 2004
  • "Guidelines for Consumer Protection Rules in Telecommunications Business Law" Released
  • Radio Law and Wire Telecommunications Law to Be Amended
  • Survey Results on "Actual Status of Businesses Related to Communications Industry"
  • * Government-Private Sectors Coordinate Funding System to Be Established for ICT Ventures in its Infancy
No.23,March 11, 2004
  • "Policy Roundtable for Realizing Ubiquitous Network Society" Held
  • "Advanced IT Joint Experiments for the Formation of an International Telecommunications Hub"
No.22,February 26, 2004
  • CONTENTS "APT Regional Forum for ICT Experts in South-East Asia" Held
  • Policy Dialogues with ASEAN Countries in the ICT field
  • "Symposium on Evaluation of the State of Competition in Telecommunications Field" to Be Held
  • "Study Group on Networking of Digital Information Consumer Electronics" Held
  • 2005 Japan Multimedia Festival to Be Held in Kagawa Prefecture
  • Notice: "Asia Broadband Symposium" to Be Held
No.21,February 12, 2004
  • Readiness of Telecommunications Business for Ensuring Important Telecommunications During Natural Disasters, Etc
  • Verification Experiments for Administrative Service Provision via Terrestrial Digital Broadcasting Commenced
  • Sixth "Japan-Sweden Policy Dialogue" and "Japan-Sweden Joint Seminar on Regulatory Issues" Held in Tokyo
No.19-20,January 23, 2004
  • Final Report from "Roundtable on Info-Communications Software" Released
  • Third Report Released from the "Study Group on Policies for Effective Radio Spectrum Use"
  • Report Released from the "Study Group Report Concerning Facilitation of Procedures for System of Radio Propagation Blockage Prevention"
  • Number of Subscribers to DSL Services Surpasses 10 Million Mark
  • Personnel Changes
No.17-18,December 26, 2003
  • WSIS Held in Geneva
  • Invitation to Participate in Japan-Singapore International Joint Experiments
  • 12th Japan-Canada Regular Bilateral Consultation and Eighth Japan-France Regular Bilateral Consultation Successfully Concluded
  • Study Group on Future Aeronautical and Maritime Communications Systems in the Ubiquitous Network Age
  • Communications Industry Forecasts of Business Conditions Show Recovery
No.16,November 28, 2003
  • "Study Group on Mobile Number Portability" Convened
  • Announcement of "Basic Approach Concerning Evaluation of Competitive Situation in the Telecommunications Business Field" and "FY2003 Details for Implementation of Evaluation of Competitive Situation in the Telecommunications Business Field"
  • International Joint IT Experiments with China Launched
No.15,November 17, 2003
  • Inquiry Made of Telecommunications Council Concerning "Technical Conditions for 5-GHz Band Wireless Access System"
  • Applications for Experiments Using WINDS Invited
  • Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Decides to Hold Asia Broadband Summit
  • Renewed Licenses Granted to Broadcasting Stations
No.14,October 31, 2003
  • Outline of "Guidelines for Radio Spectrum Reallocation"
  • Dialogue between WSIS Goodwill Ambassador KUBO and Mr. Adama Samassekou,President of the WSIS Preparatory Committee
No.13,October 17, 2003
  • New Minister, Senior Vice-Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries Appointed
  • "Outline of FY2002 survey on price variances between domestic and overseas telecommunications services
  • Second Report of the "Study Group on Policies Concerning the Effective Radio Spectrum Use" Announced
  • "Study Group on Telecommunications Number of FY2002" Compiles Report
No.12,September 26, 2003
  • "FY2004 IT Policy Principles
  • "Strategic Seminars on Intellectual Property for IT Ventures" to Be Held
  • Results of the Second China-Japan-Korea IT Ministerial Meeting
  • MPHPT Holds "Symposium on Strengthening the Wireless IT Industry"
No.10-11,September 9, 2003
  • "Study Group on Advanced Use of Electronic Tags in the Age of Ubiquitous Networks" Compiles Interim Report
  • "Study Group on Local Media Content" Compiles Report
  • Telecommunications Council Submits Report on the "Radio Policy Vision"
No.9,August 13, 2003
  • Toward Realization of Cutting-edge Testbed Networks for Japan-originating ICT Society
  • Report Compiled for Realizing a Vision of New IT "Network-Robots" through Japan's Original Technologies
  • Interim Report from "Roundtable on Info-Communications Software" Announced
No.8,July 29 2003
  • Ms. KUBO Selected as Japanese Goodwill Ambassador to WSIS
  • ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03) Concluded
  • "Study Group on Methods for Evaluating Competition in the Telecommunications Field as IP Evolves" Compiles Report
No.7,July 10 2003
  • Third Meeting of China-Japan-Korea ICT Working Group at DG Level Concluded Successfully
  • Sixth Japan-Finland Policy Dialogue Held
  • "Study Group on Tariff Setting" Released Report
  • Current Status of Cable TV Penetration
No.6,June 26 2003
  • The Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-03) Successfully Concluded
  • Communications Industry Forecasts of Business Conditions Increase
  • APT Workshop on ICT Policies for Development in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar
No.5,June 10 2003
  • "PTC Tokyo Bay Mid-Year Seminar 2003" Held
  • "ITU Council 2003" Held
  • "National Conference for Promotion of Terrestrial Digital Broadcasting" Established
No.4,May 29 2003
  • "Minister KATAYAMA Visits New Zealand and Australia Senior Vice-Minister KATO Visits Thailand and Malaysia
  • Outline of "International Network Interconnection Experiments for Promoting Advanced Use of IT in Asia"
  • "Principle of Media Ownership Rule" Pertaining to BS Digital Broadcasting to Be Relaxed
No.3,May 14 2003
  • International Comparison of Broadband Penetration
  • The 8th Japan-China Regular Bilateral Consultation Held
  • "Third Action Plan for the Promotion of Digital Broadcasting" Formulated
  • Licenses for Terrestrial Digital Television Broadcasting Stations Granted
  • Telecommunications Council Compiles Report on Digital Mobile Communications System in Airports
No.1 and 2, April 22, 2003
  • 27th Meeting of APEC TEL WG Successfully Concluded
  • Formulation of "Asia Broadband Program"
  • 29th AIC Conference to Be Held in Tokyo in May
  • Outline of Bill to Amend the Telecommunications Business Law (TBL) and the NTT Law
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