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Tsunami-hit areas switch to digital broadcasting

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The three tsunami-hit prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima on Saturday became the last places in Japan to switch from analog TV broadcasting digital terrestrial TV broadcasting.

The rest of the country switched over last July, but Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry extended the switchover date until March 31 for the disaster-hit Tohoku region.

The switchover ends 59 years of analog TV broadcasting in Japan.

The ministry set up ‘‘digital support centers’’ in the three prefectures to answer questions on what type of tuners are necessary and how to operate remote controllers for digital-capable TVs. Officials said they have been getting a lot of calls from elderly people.

The changeover from analog to digital TV was first announced in December 2003. Since then, some 80 million TV sets have been rendered obsolete, according to the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association estimates.

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That's good. Japan may now be engaged in predicting earthquakes. <http://tron.ru/2012_predictions_earthquake_Japan/ >Or now begin to convert analog broadcasts online?

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