Communications in Japan

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Official Language
Japanese (nihongo)
Other Languages Spoken
Japanese is the sixth most spoken language in the world, with over 99% percent of the country's population using it.
Business Language
English is moreover the foreign language which is the most usually spoken. However the Japanese, including the business leaders, sometimes only have basic English. Businessmen often read English better than they can speak it.
Getting Some Knowledge
The Travlang website gives you some typical phrases to learn in Japanese.
Free Translation Tools
Babel Fish Translation : translation of text and web pages
Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC Server : on-line dictionary : on-line dictionary : free service which adds phonetics to any Japanese site

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Quality of Communications
Japan has the most advanced telecommunications network in the world. The use of mobile phones and internet is very widely developed. Public telephones are accessible everywhere.
The cost of international communications is high; « call-back » services are available for foreigners.
Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Japan, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in Japan, Dial +81
Number of Digits of National Telephone Numbers
They begin with a zero, followed by 3 digits corresponding to regional codes, and the other numbers. You can consult Japan international country codes and city calling code on
Mobile Telephone Standards
Japan has its own mobile phone standards (cell type and the PHS type). Mobile phones bought in other parts of the world cannot therefore be used in the country.
You can buy a phone or also rent one for a short time, including the duration of one call.
To avoid subscriptions, there are systems of pre-paid cards.
National Mobile Phone Operators
eMobile, NTT DoCoMo, SoftBank Mobile

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
There are a great many providers; the biggest ones are NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, Softbank. Some of them offer fast and temporary connections: Live Door and Free Japan.
Access in Public Places
Accessible in a lot of places.
Access in Hotels
Accessible in most modern hotels.

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