April 22, 2003

Ministry of Public Management,
Home Affairs,
Posts and Telecommunications

Process for international dialing standardized --End of operation of old international dialing process--



Starting May 1, 2003, the process for international dialing will be standardized to the dialing of 010 for access. The process for international dialing using 010 for access was introduced on May 1, 2001 when the "My Line" system was introduced, but in order to avoid confusion among users, the old system remained in use for two years, until the end of this month.

Until April 30:
(Parallel Use of New and Old Process)
Old Process: Operator's individual access number + Country code + Domestic number of callee
New Process: (Operator's individual access number) 1 + 010 + Country code + Domestic number of callee

From May 12
Only New process: (Operator's individual access number) 1 + 010 + Country code + Domestic number of callee

Notes
1. Operator's individual access number (00XX) can be abbreviated in the case of registration with My Line, My Line Plus or the like

2. From May 1, if one uses the old dialing process, normally each telecommunications carrier will play a recorded message with information on the new dialing process.


   For details refer to the Japanese web site
   http://www.soumu.go.jp/s-news/2003/030422_3.html

For further information about this press release, please contact:

International Policy Division, International Affairs Department
Telecommunications Bureau
Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs,
Posts and Telecommunications
Tel: (03) 5253-5920 Fax: (03) 5253-5924
feedback_e-telecom@soumu.go.jp