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Japan to expand language assistance, free Wi-Fi for foreigners

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Wifi "along the routes"? Not sure what this means. is this hotspots at waystations between famous areas? I dont think that will do much good, since people will be quickly passing thru such locations rather than sticking around long enough to start web browsing or checking emails.

Putting wifi on trains and buses or actually at the tourist locations is a much better idea. And the services shouldnt require registration like submitting passwords, either.

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Dear Kyodo News, it’s not free if you have to input your email address and sign in.

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If JR East could just put ANY signal connection on the Yokosuka line, from around Bakurocho to shinagawa, that would be great. It's so shocking that a mainstream line, in a mainstream area of Tokyo, has ZERO signal.

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Paul, from Bakurocho to Shinagawa SoftBank works perfectly, you'll get 3G and 4G.

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This is great news and much needed.

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Good for them.

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Dear Kyodo News, it’s not free if you have to input your email address and sign in.

Huh? How is that going to cost you money? Use a throw away e mail address if privacy is your concern.

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free Wi-Fi for foreigners

so how wil they know if the user is a Japanese or not?

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How about free Wi-Fi for residents as we are the ones who will be paying for it!

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How about free Wi-Fi for residents as we are the ones who will be paying for it!

exactly

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You'll have to enter your passport number and it will allow access with only one device. だったりして...

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A few days ago Japan was complaining about tourists. and now today they want to boost tourism. Can they not make a decision?

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Free Wi-Fi has limitations of places and time. Also, English is no more the language we can communicate with tourists to Japan. It is Chinese and other Asian languages.

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Free wifi across the nation for all but limited speeds. Better than what it was.

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How about free Wi-Fi for residents as we are the ones who will be paying for it!

"Tsutta sakana ni esa wo ataenai"

Literally, No need to feed bait to a fish that has alreadg been caught.

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A few days ago Japan was complaining about tourists. and now today they want to boost tourism.

exactly

Can they not make a decision?

Nope.

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by the way, South Korea has free wifi for all..just saying...

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http://www.englishspectrum.com/free-wi-fi-anywhere-korea/

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Can we actually get wi-fi that works? I don't think I've been to any shopping area, combini or train station where there's "free" wi-fi, and I can actually use it at a normal speed.

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Yes, they are expanding languages. I heard what I think was an English announcement by the driver of the train the other day. It kind of resembled English. I'm still not sure what he was attempting to say though. My guess is, he was just ordered to make the announcement with no prior training and it was also most likely written in katakana for him to announce. It's just another example of minimalist Japan.

Japan already has free Wifi throughout most of its cities and train stations. You are lucky to get 2G speeds out of it though. Don't expect to be watching YouTube or uploading photos. Another example of minimalist Japan.

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Japan already has free Wifi throughout most of its cities and train stations. You are lucky to get 2G speeds out of it though. Don't expect to be watching YouTube or uploading photos. Another example of minimalist Japan.

Exactly! Hit the nail on the head

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Free Wi-Fi has limitations of places and time. Also, English is no more the language we can communicate with tourists to Japan. It is Chinese and other Asian languages.

Other Asians actually learned English. not Engrish or whatever Japanese think they learned.

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Free wifi also depends upon the phone u using. Only Japanese branded mobiles get very fast connection. Therefore, sometimes u are forced to buy their handsets.

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@ Aly Rustom

so how wil they know if the user is a Japanese or not?

It only works with phones with a foreign sim.

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Remember being on holidays in Eastern Europe 15 years ago and using public wifi provided by local city halls in small medium sized towns...good to see Japan on the ball in 2020 , amazing....

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