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1.Characteristics of Community Broadcasting Stations

A community broadcasting station is an ultra-short broadcasting station (FM broadcasting station), a broadcasting category institutionalized in January, 1992 to provide community-oriented information to parts of municipalities. As of October, 2001, 146 licensed community broadcasting stations were operating.

A community broadcasting station is capable of providing focused regional information through community-specific programs, there by contributing to the safety and prosperity of the community.

A community broadcasting station is a commeercial broadcasting station operated under license authorized by the prime minister and this license is in principle, the minimum requirement for a the broadcasting area for which antenna power below 20W is required.

Because a community broadcasting station uses frequency modulation, programs can be received over ordinary FM radios.

Figure: Relation of the Community Broadcasting

Characteristics of Community Broadcasting Stations

2.Procedure for starting up a community broadcasting station

Procedures for starting up a community broadcasting station are described in the Radio Law. THe flowchart below provides an overview of procedures.

Flow Chart: Process from applying license to opening-up a station

3.Notice on frequency assignments

To open a community broadcasting station, it is necessary to assign frequencies for broadcasting operations, while for the regions such as 'the 23 wards of Tokyo' or 'Osaka-city and its surrounding areas (including the south-eastern part of Hyogo Prefecture)', assigned frequencies are currently in a log jam situation, so particular attention should be paid when opening a station in these regions as it could be difficult to provide enough assignments.

4.Notice on frequency assignments

To open a community broadcasting station, it is necessary to assign frequencies for broadcasting operations, while for the regions such as 'the 23 wards of Tokyo' or 'Osaka-city and its surrounding areas (including the south-eastern part of Hyogo Prefecture)', assigned frequencies are currently in a log jam situation, so particular attention should be paid when opening a station in these regions as it could be difficult to provide enough assignments.

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