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1.Collection of Spectrum User Fees

1 Purpose of the System

The system is intended to maintain and develop a spectrum user fee system that upholds a positive radio use environment, by implementing a wide range of measures aimed at ensuring the effective and efficient collection of spectrum user fees.

2 Outline of the System

The following expenses are incurred in the course of collecting spectrum user fees.
    (1) Expenses related to delivering notifications regarding spectrum user fees to licensees
    (2) Expenses related to educating and informing licensees
    (3) Expenses related to providing guidance on payment and performing forcible fee collections
    (4) Various other expenses related to fee collection

3 Fee Collection Implementation System

The collection of spectrum user fees is to be performed by regional Bureaus of Telecommunications (Fee Collection Officers), but a portion of the fee collection duties of the regional bureaus (preparation and sending of notices of payment, etc.) is performed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (or agent thereof) in a centralized manner so as to maximize efficiency.

4 Other

Spectrum User Fee Revenue Settlements (FY2009)
    (1) Spectrum use fee total     64,286 million yen
    (2) Paid spectrum user fees    64,250 million yen
    (3) Losses on unpaid fees      18 million yen
    (4) Collection rate (%)         99.97%

※ Collection rate = Paid spectrum user fees ÷ (Spectrum use fee total − Losses on unpaid fees)

2.Training of Staff Engaged in Surveillance of Radio Waves, Etc.

1 Purpose of the System

With the introduction of the spectrum user fee system, it is necessary to perform the following duties effectively:
    (1) Surveillance of radio waves
    (2) Protection of the radio use environment
    (3) Collection of spectrum user fees
    (4) Administration of a central radio station management system

To this purpose, this system is intended to train staff engaged in these duties, deepen their knowledge and strengthen their competence.

2 Outline of the System

(1) Training of staff for surveillance of radio waves

Objective is the acquisition of radio surveillance techniques and expertise for dealing with legal violations required for radio surveillance duties such as finding and prosecuting unlicensed radio stations.

(2) Training of staff for protection of the radio use environment

Objective is the acquisition of techniques and expertise for protection of the radio use environment including tracking administrative measures and the latest research trends with regard to impact of radio waves on human health and electronic equipment, and measurement of unnecessary or weak radio waves.

(3) Training of staff for thorough and efficient collection of spectrum user fees

Objective is the acquisition of techniques and expertise for collection of spectrum user fees, legal procedures for dealing with unpaid fees, and methods for negotiating with non-paying users.

(4) Training of staff for administration of a central radio station management system

Objective is the acquisition of expertise required for the effective administration of a central radio station management system.

3.Research and Disclosure of Findings on the Status of Radio Use

Every three years as a rule, a survey on the status of radio use is performed, and evaluation is made of the degree of effectiveness of radio use, so as to contribute to the reallocation of frequencies, etc. to realize optimum radio use that keeps pace with technological progress (survey based on Article 26-2 of the Radio Law.)

The survey on the use of radio waves is conducted every three years or so, with frequencies classified into three categories ((1) 770MHz or less, (2) more than 770MHz but not more than 3.4GHz, and (3) more than 3.4GHz). For each category, the usage status of radio stations established by the national government, local governments and private-sector operators is surveyed for each jurisdiction of the Central Telecommunications Bureau.

Please visit the following website for details on survey implementation.
    http://www.tele.soumu.go.jp/j/ref/research/index.htm

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