I've mentioned on this blog numerous times in numerous places that it is illegal to use wireless devices that do not display the MIC certification mark. This must be on the screen, or physically stamped to the phone. (A sticker is apparently OK.) Even if a phone is certified, like the Nexus One (PB99100), it still must display the mark to be legally used. Fortunately, Google got their act together and not only got the Nexus S certified, but also got around to stamping it as such.
Recently spotted in a Kansai train is this AKB48 poster reminding commuters that only wireless devices that display the MIC "certification mark" are allowed for usage in Japan.
STOP! Illegal radio wavesYou'll notice that this mentions wireless devices in general, not mobile phones specifically. Typically, something like this would be most likely targeting CB radio users. However, there is a thriving gray market for overseas wireless devices in places like Akihabara. Using a popular idol group for a poster on a commuter train indicates that, for some reason, the usage of uncertified radio gear by the general public is now on the MIC's radar.
Wireless devices certified to overseas standards are not to be used domestically. Illegal radio waves effect other devices. Less than one year imprisonment or less than 1 million yen fine. Use of radio waves requires licensing. Does your wireless device display a certification mark?
Perhaps more people are buying smartphones overseas. Perhaps domestic makers fear competition from gray market phones. Perhaps this isn't targeting phones at all. Will the average foreigner using a gray market phone have to worry about being arrested? Probably not. Does that make it legal? Certainly not.
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