Visitors to Hokkaido

If you bring radio equipment into Japan, make sure it conforms to Japanese law.

For example, radio equipment for the Family Radio Service (FRS) and the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) – the U.S. standards – and Australian UHF CB radios cannot be used in Japan because they may interfere with important radio communications such as administrative broadcasting related to disaster prevention.

Recently, however, many overseas tourists from countries such as China, Australia, South Korea and Taiwan have visited Hokkaido, centering on tourist spots in Sapporo, Otaru, Asahikawa, Niseko and Furano. An increasing number of such visitors bring and use the radio equipment mentioned above as a convenient means of communication in ski resorts and other places. Radio equipment that requires no licensing back home cannot necessarily be used without a license in Japan.

Only two-way radios or walkie-talkies bearing the

Technical Conformity Mark

proving adherence to Japan’s technical standards can be used in Japan.


Technical Conformity MarkQ&A


If you possess a radio equipment that cannot be used in Japan in a condition where radio waves can be emitted, you will be considered as having established an illegal radio station and punished by law, regardless of whether you are aware of the illegality of your act or whether you have used the radio equipment in question.


Any person who establishes or operates a radio station without a license

shall be liable to penal servitude for a period not exceeding one year or to a fine not exceeding one million yen.

Any person who interferes with important administrative radio communications such as fire-fighting, police or disaster prevention broadcasting

shall be liable to penal servitude for a period not exceeding five years or to a fine not exceeding two million and five hundred thousand yen. Attempted offenses are also subject to punishment.

Banned in Japan

Monitoring enhanced
against illegal radio stations in
the Niseko area!