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Most of the radio equipment in general use is affixed with the mark of technical regulations conformity certification (Technical Conformity Mark) for specified radio equipment.

Please be very careful when purchasing or using radio equipment that does not have the markaffixed as it is possible that it is unlicensed or illegal.

Foreign-made radio equipment


  Q31 Does foreign-made radio equipment (transceivers) also have the Technical Conformity Mark affixed?
 

A:

Yes, most of foreign-made radio equipment (transceivers) for use in Japan also has the Technical Conformity Mark affixed.(Among transceivers imported by individuals, there are models which cannot be used in Japan, so please check to see if the Technical Conformity Mark is present or not.)
  Q32 I purchased foreign-made radio equipment (transceiver). Is this illegal?
 

A:

If there is no Technical Conformity Mark affixed to the radio equipment, there are cases where it could be illegal. For foreign-made radio equipment (transceivers) too, almost all models that can be used in Japan have the Technical Conformity Mark affixed, so please check to see if the Technical Conformity Mark is present or not. For details, please make inquiries at your nearest Bureau of Telecommunications.
  Q33 Aren't FRS and GMRS illegal?
 

A:

FRS (Family Radio Service) and GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) are both manufactured according to US standards. Since these are radio equipment (transceivers) that is sold exclusively for use in the United States, their use in Japan constitutes an infringement of the Radio Law.

(Using FRS and GMRS equipment in Japan could cause interference to broadcast station radio as well as fire radio and disaster prevention administrative radio.)

FRS and GMRS radio equipment does not have the Technical Conformity Mark affixed. Please do not either purchase or use such equipment.
  Q34 I bought the baby monitor of the foreign standard, Can I use it?
 

A:

Baby monitors without the Technical conformity mark are prohibited to use in Japan.
Please check the Technical conformity mark.
These (foreign-standard baby monitors without the Technical conformity mark) could cause harmful interference to important radios such as mobile phones in Japan.
You have to be careful when purchasing or using it.
  Q35 Aren't Animal Markers illegal?
 

A:

Foreign-made electronic collars for locating animals (Animal Markers) that do not have the technical Conformity Mark affixed may be illegal. (According to a study conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, no foreign-made Animal marker product has been verified as conforming to Japan's technical regulations.)

Please be very careful in purchasing or using such locating electronic collars.
  Q36 Can foreign-made Animal Markers be used if they are licensed?
 

A:

Electronic collars for locating animals that do not have the Technical Conformity Mark affixed cannot be licensed. (According to a study conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, no foreign-made Animal Marker product has been verified as conforming to Japanese law so that it may be licensed.)

Please be very careful in purchasing or using such locating electronic collars.
  Q37 Why are foreign-made products no good?
 

A:

Many people use radio waves and they are now an essential part of our society, so each country decides on its own set of rules.

Many of the foreign-made products that do not have the Technical Conformity Mark affixed do not conform to the rules for use in Japan. In using this type of radio equipment, it is possible to cause interference to other people inadvertently and so possibly bring confusion at a social level.

Most foreign-made products that are approved for use in Japan also have the Technical Conformity Mark affixed.

Please be very careful about purchasing or using products that do not have the Technical Conformity Mark affixed.
  Q38 Is it the case that foreign-made amateur radio equipment cannot be licensed either?
 

A:

In the case of amateur radio equipment, it is possible to apply for a license even if there is no Technical Conformity Mark affixed, as long as a system diagram is attached.

When an application is made, a license can be obtained once it is verified that the equipment conforms to the regulations in the radio laws and ordinances.

Please take note, however, that setting up or operating such equipment before the acquisition of a license constitutes an infringement of the Radio Law and is liable to a fine.

If you have questions or issues about the Technical Conformity Mark that are not covered by the above, please make inquiries at the "Q&A on Technical Conformity Mark" desk of your nearest Bureau of Telecommunications.
Also, explanations can be given to you concerning the radio equipment you own at the "Q&A on Technical Conformity Mark" desk of your nearest Bureau of Telecommunications.

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