• Kyodo


A service that sends tourists disaster-relief information via mobile phone has been launched by the nation’s top wireless carriers to help during disasters like earthquakes and typhoons.

The mobile phone operators — NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. — began the short messaging service on Wednesday and will send information such as phone numbers for the Japan National Tourism Organization’s visitor hotline and the web address for NHK World-Japan, the public broadcaster’s multilingual service, when disaster strikes.

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