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

Maunal for Market Entry into Japanese Telecommunications Business

This booklet is published in accordance with the "Deregulation Action Program," as decided upon by the Cabinet on March 31, 1996, in an attempt to extend further the transparency of Japan's regulatory system. In accordance with the drastically amended Telecommunications Business Law that came into force on April 1, 2004, this booklet summarizes the procedures, documents to be submitted and relevant laws required for entry into the field of Japanese telecommunications business, concomitant to the abolition of the business classification of Type I telecommunications carriers and Type II telecommunications carriers.
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 being available for perusal over the Internet) and the related examination standards issued by the "Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)" for further details.

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Maunal for Market Entry into Japanese Telecommunications Business

This booklet has been published since January 1996 in accordance with the "Deregulation Action Program." as decided upon by the Cabinet on March 31,1995, in an attempt to extend further the transparency of Japan's regulatory system. This booklet summarizes the procedures required for entry into the field of Japanese telecommunications business. In accordance with the drastically amended Telecommunications Business Law that came into force on April 1, 2004, this booklet summarizes the procedures, documents to be submitted and relevant laws required for entry into the field of Japanese telecommunications business, concomitant to the abolition of the business classification of Type I telecommunications carriers and Type II telecommunications carriers.

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Manual for Market Entry into Japanese CATV Business

This booklet has been created in accordance with the"Deregulation Action Program,"as revised by a Cabinet decision made on March 29,1996,for the purpose of further increasing the transparency of Japan's cable TV system.It 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

Originally 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. Since then, the continuous stream of regulatory reforms, such as introduction of the wholesale telecommunications service system, etc., have been implemented one after another. Thus, the methods for the construction of networks by telecommunications carriers have been diversified. To this end, descriptions of this manual fully revised at this time.
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 (http://www.soumu.go.jp/main_sosiki/joho_tsusin/eng/Resources/index.html), the applicable cabinet orders and ministerial ordinances, and the manuals listed below:

  • Manual for Market Entry into Japanese Telecommunications Business
  • Guidelines for Use of Utility Poles, Ducts, Conduits, Etc. prescribing fair, non-discriminatory and transparent rules for the use of utility poles, ducts, conduits, etc. owned by telecommunications carriers, electric power companies and railroad companies
  • Guidelines for Promotion of Competition in the Telecommunications Business Field
  • Outline of the Info-Communications Safety and Reliability Standards (Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Notice No.73 of 1987)
  • Toward Fair Dispute Settlement in the IT Age (the Telecommunications Dispute-Settlement Commission)
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Guidelines for Use of Poles, Ducts, Conduits and Similar Facilities Owned by Public Utilities

In line with the "Guidelines for Use of Poles, Ducts, Conduits and Similar Facilities Owned by Public Utilities," the policy guidelines as formulated by the "Joint Meeting of the IT Strategy Council and the IT Strategy Headquarters," the following guidelines have been established. These Guidelines will function as a managerial standard for the authorization and arbitration pertaining to rights-of-way, as stipulated under Article 73 Paragraph (1) of the Telecommunications Business Law (Law No. 86 of 1984).

Note that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications modified the Guidelines for Use of Poles, Ducts, Conduits and Similar Facilities, and administered it from April 1, 2003.

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