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Japan launches free Wi-Fi on Mount Fuji

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July 10, 2015View for printing

The initiative is aimed at attracting more overseas visitors to Shizuoka and Yamanashi, the two states that are home to Mount Fuji. From airports to subway and bus operators, Japan has been expanding free Wi-Fi service ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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If Japan can do this throughout the country, why can't the U.S.?

My son is spending several weeks in Japan and sent this note when he saw the article:

We rented a portable wifi router through a quasi Japan gov entity; Japan Rail and we have access to the internet and through that we use different apps (like Whatsapp , which lets us use Voice over IP to make free calls and send messages all over wifi) to communicate, translate and get directions everywhere we go. On top of that, most tourist attractions, hotels, coffee shops, etc.... offer free wifi.

Obviously you try not to do any mobile banking and turn off bluetooth to protect your sensitive information on the bigger public networks. also, we bought international calling plans for our phones just in case.

Japan provides the basic internet infrastructure and our knowledge of smartphones and apps has made our trip surprisingly stress free.

Kemble Fletcher

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