Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Press Release

June 30, 2020

Result of Appeal for Opinions on Draft Notices for Partially Revision Related to Specifying Technical Regulations Designated by the Minister as Equivalents of Technical Standards Prescribed in Chapter III of the Radio Act, Described in Article 4-2, Paragraph 1, According to Provisions of Article 4-2, Paragraph 7

  The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) drafted a set of notices for partially revision related to specifying technical regulations designated by the Minister as equivalents of technical standards prescribed in Chapter III of the Radio Act, described in Article 4-2, Paragraph 1, according to provisions of Article 4-2, Paragraph 7.
  Accordingly, MIC made an appeal from Thursday, May 21 through Friday, June 19, 2020, for opinions on the drafted notices. However, no opinions were submitted.

1. Outline of revision
    The Act on Partial Amendments to the Telecommunications Business Act, etc. (Act No. 26 of 2015) was promulgated on May 22, 2015, based on
   which an exceptional system was established, and it took effect on May 21, 2016. This system allows foreign tourists to use wireless devices, such
   as mobile phones, BWA terminals, and Wi-Fi terminals, brought in Japan, provided that such wireless devices meet certain technical regulations
   equivalent to the technical standards stipulated by the Radio Act.
     Furthermore, the Act on Partially Amending the Radio Act (Act No. 6 of 2019) was promulgated on May 17, 2019, based on which an
   exceptional system was established, and it took effect on November 20, 2019. This system applies to the use of low-power wireless equipment
   without conformity markings for experiment purposes. This has made it possible to establish radio stations for experiments without acquiring radio
   station licenses (those that meet certain requirements specified by an ordinance of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications). The
   operation of such radio stations is subject to the use of Wi-Fi or other wireless equipment that complies with the technical regulations designated
   by the Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, equivalent to the technical standards specified by the Radio Act.
     At this moment, MIC will make revisions to relevant notices to update the regulations covered by these systems and review the method that
   confirms the technical regulations are equivalent to the technical standards prescribed in Chapter III of the Radio Act.

2. Result of appeal for opinions
    MIC made an appeal for opinions from Thursday, May 21 through Friday, June 19, 2020, on the set of notices for Partially Revision Related to
   Specifying Technical Regulations Designated by the Minister as Equivalents of Technical Standards Prescribed in Chapter III of the Radio Act,
   Described in Article 4-2, Paragraph 1, According to Provisions of Article 4-2, Paragraph 7. However, no opinions were submitted.

3. Future plans
    In consideration of the result of the appeal for opinions, MIC will revise the notices promptly.

4. Method for obtaining the references
    MIC will post the references on the public comment page of the e-Gov (https://www.e-gov.go.jp).

【Related press release】
   Appeal for Opinions on Draft Notices for Partially Revision Related to Specifying Technical Regulations Designated by the Minister as
  Equivalents of Technical Standards Prescribed in Chapter III of the Radio Act, Described in Article 4-2, Paragraph 1, According to rovisions of
  Article 4-2, Paragraph 7 (May 20, 2020)

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International Policy Division,
 Global Strategy Bureau, MIC
 TEL: +81 3 5253 5920 / FAX: +81 3 5253 5924

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