January 28, 2004

Ministry of Public Management,
Home Affairs,
Posts and Telecommunications

MPHPT announces areas for analog frequency conversions in February and future plans

The MPHPT has announced, as stated below, the areas in which analog frequency conversion will take place from February.

The frequency conversion, which started in February 2003, has been completed in 116 out of the 125 areas where the operation started. In terms of households, about 840,000 households out of a total of 1,250,000 households have had the conversion completed. The process is currently moving ahead smoothly according to plan.

The MPHPT has today appointed the Association of Radio Industries and businesses as the designated frequency change support agency for the operation of analog frequency conversion in the Sanin region (Tottori Prefecture, Shimane Prefecture and Yamaguchi Prefecture) and the Ariake region (Fukuoka Prefecture, Saga Prefecture, Nagasaki Prefecture and Kumamoto Prefecture). Having been designed, the Association of Radio Industries and businesses has promptly set about implementing the opening of regional frequency change support centers nationwide as bases for frequency conversion.

Areas where the frequency conversion will be introduced in February are as follows (three areas, approximately 3,000 households):

Kanto: Three areas in three prefectures (part of Ishioka City and part of Minori-machi etc. in Ibaraki Prefecture, part of Yoshii-machi and part of Onishi-machi in Gunma Prefecture, and part of Kamikawa-machi and part of Kamiizumi-mura in Saitama Prefecture)

For details refer to the Japanese web site

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

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