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Regulatory Guidance

This booklet summarizes the procedures required for entry into the field of Japanese telecommunications busineses.

Manual for Market Entry into Japanese Telecommunications Business

This booklet summarizes the procedures, documents to be submitted and relevant laws required for entry into the field of Japanese telecommunications business. Although the documents and excerpts of related laws such as the Telecommunications Business Law are at-tached for reference purposes, please refer to the English version of the Telecommunications Business Law, the Radio Law (the two preceding laws are on the Internet) and the related examination standards issued by the "Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)" for further details.

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Manual for Market Entry into General Cable Broadcasting Business

This booklet summarizes the necessary procedures for entry into the cable TV business in Japan, particularly for those who wish to provide services by installing their own cable TV facilities.

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Manual for Construction of Networks by Telecommunications Carriers

This manual was issued in December 1999, compiling Japan's regulatory frameworks pertaining to the construction of networks by telecommunications carriers so as to promote understanding of parties concerned. This manual clarifies the bird's-eye view of the legal frameworks pertaining to the construction of networks by classifying and organizing the methods for the construction of networks adopted commonly, and introducing the purpose and outline of applicable laws and regulations so as to protect users and to ensure the fair competition. Accordingly, with respect to the details of procedures and regulations for each system, please refer to the Telecommunications Business Law, the applicable cabinet orders and ministerial ordinances, and the manuals listed below:

  • Manual for Market Entry into Japanese Telecommunications Business
  • Guidelines for Use of Poles, Ducts, Conduits and Similar Facilities Owned by Public Utilities
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Guidelines for Use of Poles, Ducts, Conduits and Similar Facilities Owned by Public Utilities

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications established the Guidelines for Use of Poles, Ducts, Conduits and Similar Facilities Owned by Public Utilities in line with the policy of a Joint Meeting of the IT Strategy Council and the IT Strategy Headquarters for the facilitation of laying transmission lines. The Guidelines shall function as a managerial standard for the authorization and arbitration of negotiations on rights-of-way, as stipulated under Article 128, Paragraph 1 of the Telecommunications Business Act (Act No. 86 of 1984).

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