Communications in Japan
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Communications in Japan
Letters can be taken to the central post office at Tokyo Station or the International Post Office, which provide English-speaking personnel. Airmail to Europe takes four to six days.
Post office hours are Monday to Friday, 0900-1700 (1900 at bigger branches). Some main post offices are open 0900-1500 on Saturdays, 0900-1230 on Sundays.
The country dialling code is 81. Three companies provide international communications services: KDDI, IDC and ISD.
The Japanese mobile network uses PDC (Personal Digital Cellular System) technology, which is not compatible with GSM or other mobile services. It is now widely recognised that mobile phones have become, similar to the UK, an indispensable communication tool among the Japanese.
Voice over Internet Protocol
VoIP is a new technology which allows users to verbally communicate through their computer. Essentially a telephone call made using the internet, VoIP is becoming increasingly more common in the business world due to its low costs, and easy set-up and maintenance.
Forget installation engineers and phone number changes, as long as you have a broadband connection, you can use VoIP any time, any where.
For businesses, this software is sure to eventually phase out the traditional phonecall. For as low as 4p for local and national calls, the economical potential is vast. With international calls often even less than that, VoIP is perfect if you are prone to long-distance telecommunication, or have offices, clients, partners, etc, overseas. What's more, calls made between VoIP users are typically free all you pay for is the standard internet service.
Broadband with ASDL, CATV and FTTH has become normal in Japan, and allows up to 100 Mbps speed of internet access. 62% of households have broadband internet connection. A majority of internet users in Japan now have broadband connections. Nearly all employees of major companies and officials of public organisations now have e-mail addresses.