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Radio wave use is on the rise, as are the disturbances caused by operations of unlicenced radio stations. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is taking preventative measures to tackle the problem of unlicensed radio stations, taking into consideration actual disturbances and interference conditions, forms of use, reasons far establishment, and the social background to this situation.

Major programs are the following.

1.Crackdown on unlicensed radio stations

Regional telecommunications bureaus independently collect evidence on unlicensed radio stations and file complaints with an investigatory institution. The ministry also cooperates with the police and the Japan Coast Guard to control unlicensed radio stations on streets and in harbors.

FY 2006, 657 complaints were filed.

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Persons who establish or operate unlicensed radio stations will be sentenced to a maximum 1-year prison term or a maximum fine of One million yen.

Fines for violating the Radio Regulation Laws were revised in 2004, and the penalty for operating an unlicensed radio station was increased from a fine of 500,000 yen to One million yen.

2.Warning and Public Announcement System for manufacturers and distributors on equipment that fails to meet standards

The Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications may issue a warning to manufacturers and distributors whose radio equipment fails to meet technical standards. The minister issued warnings to 3 companies in 1992.

Note that entities who do not heed to such warnings may have their company name, product name of the unsatisfactory equipment, and contents of the warning publicized via government notice, newspapers, etc.

FY 2006, inspections were conducted at 352 stores nationwide. 3 stores found to be selling radio equipment that did not satisfy technical standards set out in the administrative guidance.

3.Obligation of distributors to notify consumers of license information

Businesses who sell specified radio equipment likely to be used in unlicensed radio stations must notify consumers of the necessity to obtain a license (either verbally, via document or digital data).

Stores that do not fulfill this obligation may be advised to take necessary action, as well as, within reason, penalize failure to satisfy this obligation, or conduct on-the-spot inspections on specified radio equipment, accounting books, documents, and etc.

Among the 352 stores inspected in 2006, the 35 stores that did not fulfill this obligation were given administrative guidance.

4.Elimination of unlicensed radio stations from public construction sites

Businesses who sell specified radio equipment likely to be used in unlicensed radio stations must notify consumers of the necessity to obtain a license (either verbally, via document or digital data).

Stores that do not fulfill this obligation may be advised to take necessary action, as well as, within reason, penalize failure to satisfy this obligation, or conduct on-the-spot inspections on specified radio equipment, accounting books, documents, and etc.

Among the 352 stores inspected in 2006, the 35 stores that did not fulfill this obligation were given administrative guidance.

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