July 30, 2004

Ministry of Public Management,
Home Affairs,
Posts and Telecommunications



MPHPT announces areas for analog frequency conversion in August for the start of terrestrial digital broadcasting



The MPHPT has announced the areas, as shown below, that will start frequency conversion in August.

The frequency conversion, which started in February 2003, has been completed in 172 areas as of the end of July 2004. In terms of households, about 1.52 million households (about 36% of the total) have had the conversion completed. The process is currently moving ahead smoothly according to plan.

Measures for changes in analog frequencies that are necessary for the expansion of terrestrial digital broadcasting in the three major urban areas (Kanto, Chukyo and Kinki) will shortly be completed.

Areas for analog frequency conversion in August (16 areas, about 46,000 households):

Kanto: 1 area in 1 prefecture (part of Iwase-machi, Makabe-machi and Shimodate City in Ibaragi Prefecture)

Hokuriku: 2 areas in 1 prefecture (part of Suzu City, Uchiura-machi and Nanao City in Ishikawa Prefecture)

Tokai: 2 areas in 1 prefecture (Part of Fujieda City and Sagara-cho in Shizuoka Prefecture)

Kinki: 7 areas in 2 prefectures (part of Aioi City, Ibogawa-cho, Nandan-cho and Himeji City in Hyogo Prefecture, and part of Tanabe City and Minabegawa-mura in Wakayama Prefecture)

Chugoku: 2 areas in 1 prefecture (part of Soja City, Mabi-cho and Kiyone-son in Okayama Prefecture)

Shikoku: 2 areas in 1 prefecture (part of Takuma-cho, Sakaide City and Marugame City in Kagawa Prefecture)

For details refer to the Japanese web site
http://www.soumu.go.jp/s-news/2004/040730_6.html

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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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