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Japan - Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

In April 2002, the Japanese Government passed the “Law on Regulation of Transmission of Specified Electronic Mail”. This law addresses “Specified Electronic Mail,” which is defined as e-mail sent for advertisement purposes of sender’s business to individual users. The law controls spam disseminated by senders in Japan. In July 2002, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) designated an entity “Japan Data Communications Association” to conduct duties for the appropriateness of sending specified e-mail messages. MIC set up a ‘Study Group on a Framework to Handle Spam’ on October 7th, 2004, in order to consider the anti-spam measures in various aspects. A final report is expected to be compiled in July 2005. Furthermore, based on the discussion during the study group and the interim report published in December 2004, the anti-spam law was amended in May 2005. The new law includes the introduction of direct penalties against malicious spammers. In February 2005 MIC and METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) launched ‘the Spam Blocking Support Project’. This project aims to promote voluntary efforts by ISPs. Regime: Opt-out.

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Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)
Regime: Opt-out
Contact person  Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)
+ 03 5253-5920 
Fax: +03 5253-5924 
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