September 18, 2003

Ministry of Public Management,
Home Affairs,
Posts and Telecommunications



Report compiled by the Fiscal Year 2002 Study Group on Telecommunications Numbers



The MPHPT set up the Fiscal Year 2002 Study Group on Telecommunications Numbers (chaired by Emeritus Prof. SAITOH Tadao, Tokyo University) in March 2002. The group has been investigating a blueprint for the revision of number planning in conjunction with the elimination of Type 1 and Type 2 categories through the recent amendment in the Telecommunications Business law, topics related to the introduction of ENUM*, and measures for preserving telephone numbers for fixed terminals. The group has recently compiled its report.

The MPHPT will take this report into consideration to develop an approach for the efficient use of numbers.

* ENUM stands for Telephone Number Mapping. This is a connection architecture which, through the functions of DNS (Domain Name system), uses telecommunications numbers for connection to various applications on IP networks, including telephone calls and email.









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International Policy Division, International Affairs Department
Telecommunications Bureau
Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs,
Posts and Telecommunications
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