The government unveiled plans Thursday to provide more foreign visitors with speedy wireless Internet access before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
It will promote the spread of free Wi-Fi hot spots but also “encourage” the purchase of Japanese SIM cards for incompatible smartphones bought overseas.
The plan also envisages a cut in international roaming charges, said Yoko Kamikawa, state secretary for communications.
A panel of telecommunication company representatives will be set up as early as this summer to discuss ways of developing public Wi-Fi networks and simplifying user access.
A panel of experts will meanwhile discuss how to make and market the Japanese SIM cards needed to provide full service to foreign smartphones.
The plan also seeks to lower the connection fees charged by Japanese and foreign telecommunications providers so foreigners can more easily use free calling apps.