Radio Law - 総務省 Law (Law No. 131 of May 2, 1950) As amended last by Law No. 21 of 2005 (Law for Amending the Income Tax Law, Etc.) (Unofficial Translation)

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  • Radio Law(Law No. 131 of May 2, 1950)

    As amended last by Law No. 21 of 2005 (Law for Amending the Income Tax Law, Etc.)

    (Unofficial Translation)

    Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC),JAPAN

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    Radio Law(Law No. 131 of May 2, 1950)

    As amended last by Law No. 21 of 2005 (Law for Amending the Income Tax Law, Etc.)

    (Unofficial Translation: In case of inconsistency, the original text in Japanese shall prevail.)Note: For the purposes of this Law, the following rules of construction shall be applied: Except as otherwise clearly

    indicated by the context:1. Any word used in the present tense includes the future tense, unless otherwise expressly indicated;2. Any word used in the singular number includes the plural number, and the plural number includes the singular

    number, unless otherwise expressly indicated; and3. Any word used in the male gender includes the female gender, unless otherwise expressly indicated.4. With respect to effective dates of the provisions, please refer to the relevant provisions of the Supplementary

    Provisions.5. Unless otherwise expressly indicated, the term "the Minister" means "the Minister for Internal Affairs and

    Communications" in this booklet.6. Unless otherwise expressly indicated, the term "the MIC" means "the Ministry of Internal Affairs and

    Communications" in this booklet.

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    Contents

    Chapter I. -- General Provisions -- -------------------------------------------------------------------- 3

    Chapter II. -- Licenses, etc. for Radio Stations -- --------------------------------------------------- 4Section 1. Licenses for Radio Stations ------------------------------------------------------------ 4Section 2. Registration for Radio Stations ----------------------------------------------------- 24

    Chapter III. -- Radio Equipment -- -------------------------------------------------------------------- 29

    Chapter III-2. -- Technical Regulations Conformity Certification, etc. of Specified RadioEquipment -- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 32

    Section 1. Technical Regulations Conformity Certification of Specified Radio Equip-ment and Construction Type Certification ------------------------------------- 32

    Section 2. Self-Confirmation of Technical Regulations Conformity of Special Speci-fied Radio Equipment --------------------------------------------------------------- 44

    Chapter IV. -- Radio Operators -- ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 48

    Chapter V. -- Operations -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 58Section 1. General ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 58Section 2. Operation of Coast Stations, etc. --------------------------------------------------- 60Section 3. Operation of Aeronautical Stations, etc. ------------------------------------------ 62

    Chapter VI. -- Supervision -- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 64

    Chapter VII. -- Protests and Lawsuits -- --------------------------------------------------------------- 77

    Chapter VII-2. -- The Radio Regulatory Council -- --------------------------------------------------- 81

    Chapter VIII. -- Miscellaneous Provisions -- --------------------------------------------------------- 87

    Chapter IX. -- Penal Provisions -- -------------------------------------------------------------------- 109

    Tables ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 116

    Supplementary Provisions --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 119

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    Chapter I.-- General Provisions --

    (Purpose)Article 1.

    The purpose of this Law is to promote public welfare by ensuring the equitable and efficientutilization of radio waves.

    (Definitions)Article 2.

    With respect to interpreting this Law and orders issued thereunder, the following definitionsshall be taken:

    i) "Radio waves" means electromagnetic waves of frequencies up to 3,000,000MHz.ii) "Radiotelegraphy" means communications equipment devoted to transmitting or receiv-

    ing codes by radio waves.iii) "Radiotelephony" means communications equipment devoted to transmitting or receiv-

    ing voices and other sounds by radio waves.iv) "Radio equipment" means radiotelegraphy, radiotelephony or any other electric equip-

    ment used for transmission and/or reception of radio waves.v) "Radio station" means a unit of radio equipment with the person(s) to operate radio

    equipment. However, this shall not include those used solely for receiving purposes #.vi) "Radio operator" means a person who operates radio equipment or supervises such

    operation, and holds a license granted by the Minister.# The Regulations for Enforcement of the Radio Law, Article 5.

    (Conventions Related to Radio Waves)Article 3.

    If any Convention provides otherwise for radio waves, the provisions shall prevail.

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    Chapter II.-- Licenses, etc. for Radio Stations --

    Section 1. Licenses for Radio Stations

    (Establishment of Radio Stations)Article 4.

    Any person who wishes to establish a radio station shall obtain a license from the Minister. Thisshall not apply to:

    i) Radio stations operating with extremely low power of emission as specified in theapplicable MIC ordinance #.

    ii) Radio stations that operate in the frequency band of 26.9 to 27.2 MHz with antenna powerof 0.5 watts or less and are specified in the applicable MIC ordinance #, and whichexclusively use radio equipment attached with a mark as stipulated in Article 38-7paragraph (1) (including the cases where Article 38-7 paragraph (1) shall apply, mutatismutandis, in Article 38-31 paragraph (4)), Article 38-26 (including the cases whereArticle 38-26 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, in Article 38-31 paragraph (6)) or Article38-35 (except one deemed having no mark as stipulated in Article 38-23 paragraph (1)(including the cases where Article 38-23 paragraph (1) shall apply, mutatis mutandis, inArticle 38-29, Article 38-31 paragraphs (4) and (6), and Article 38-38); hereinafterreferred to as radio equipment with conformity mark).

    iii) Radio stations with antenna power of 0.01 watts or less as specified in the applicable MICordinance, which automatically transmit the call signs or call names designated under theprovisions of the following article, or which may operate without causing interferencewith or disturbance to the operation of other radio stations by being equipped withreceiving functions and other functions specified by the applicable MIC ordinance, andwhich exclusively use Radio Equipment with Conformity Mark.

    iv) Radio stations established by obtaining a registration of Article 27-18 paragraph (1)(hereinafter referred to as a "registered station")

    # The Regulations for Enforcement of the Radio Law, Article 6

    (Designation, etc. of Call Signs or Call Names)Article 4-2.

    When an application is submitted by a person who seeks the designation of a call sign or a callname of a radio station with regard to the radio equipment used for the radio station referred toin item iii) or item iv) of the preceding article, the Minister shall designate such a call sign or acall name in accordance with the applicable MIC ordinance #.

    # The Regulations for Enforcement of the Radio Law, Article 6

    (Disqualification)Article 5.(1) No radio station license shall be granted to:

    i) A person not holding Japanese nationalityii) A foreign government or its representativeiii) A foreign juridical person or organizationiv) A juridical person or organization which is represented by any person referred to in the

    preceding three items, or one third or more officers of which are such persons, or one

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    third or more voting rights of which are made up of the aggregate of voting rights heldby such persons

    (2) The provisions of the preceding paragraph shall not apply to the following radio stations:i) Experimental radio stations (referring to radio stations used exclusively for experi-

    mentation aimed at scientific or technological development; hereinafter the same shallapply.)

    ii) Amateur radio stations (referring to radio stations established for conducting radiocommunications as a hobby; hereinafter the same shall apply.)

    iii) Radio stations on board ships (referring to radio stations established on board ships(except experimental radio stations and amateur radio stations; hereinafter the sameshall apply.) whose purpose is other than conducting telecommunications service(referring to telecommunications service of item vi) of Article 2 of the Telecommuni-cations Business Law (Law No. 86 of 1984); hereinafter the same shall apply), andwhich are established on board ships stipulated in Article 29-7 of the Law for Safetyof Vessels (Law No. 11 of 1933)

    iv) Radio stations on board aircraft (referring to radio stations established on board aircraft(except experimental radio stations and amateur radio stations; hereinafter the sameshall apply.) whose purpose is other than conducting telecommunications service;hereinafter the same shall apply), and which are established on board aircraft to aviatebetween places within Japanese territory with permission of the proviso in Article 127of the Civil Aeronautics Law (Law No. 231 of 1952)

    v) Radio stations (exclusively used for radio communications service between specificfixed points) which are established for the purpose of official service,