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Fax

Sending and receiving is available at any hour at major hotels. KDDI has facilities in Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama.

Internet

There are plenty of Internet cafes in Tokyo and in the major cities in Japan. The main ISPs are ASCII, Jeton and Starnet. Many hotel telephones and the new grey telephones are equipped with modular sockets for computer network access.

Mobile telephone

The Japanese mobile network utililizes Personal Digital Cellular System (PDC) technology, which is not compatible with GSM or other mobile services.

Visitors to Tokyo can rent handsets under NTT’s ‘Do Co Mo’ agreement.

For details contact NTT Hibiya Building, 1st Floor, 1-1-6 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8019 (tel: (0120) 680 100 (toll-free in Japan).

Handsets can also be hired from many other companies in Japan, including Japan Handy Phone (tel: (3) 5225 2125; fax: (3) 5225 2124) and Rentafone Japan (tel: (0909) 272 8987 (toll-free in Japan); fax: (7) 5812 6214).

Post

Letters can be dropped at the Central Post Office in front of Tokyo Station or the International Post Office, which is near exit A-2 Otemachi subway station, and have English-speaking personnel.

Airmail to Europe takes from 4 to 6 days. All of the main post offices have Poste Restante facilities and can hold mail for up to 10 days.

Post office hours: Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00.

The International Post Office and Central Post Office are open weekdays until 19:00 and Saturday until 17:00.

Press

The English-language daily newspapers in Tokyo include The Asahi Shimbun, The Japan Times, The Daily Yomiuri, and The Mainichi Daily News.

Radio

BBC World Service and Voice of America can be received. Sometimes the frequencies change and the most current information can be found online.

Telephone

Country code: 81.

Outgoing international code: 001
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Full IDD service.

Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co Ltd (KDDI) produces phonecards for international calls which can be purchased at convenience stores for ¥1000, ¥3000 and ¥5000. Credit cards can also be used in some phone boxes.