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May 27, 2014
Josh Wolford Japan Working On Providing Tourists Free Wi-Fi
By Josh Wolford
There are a bunch of wonderful things about being a tourist in Japan–the food, the culture, the nightlife, and the history, to name a few. But one thing tourists have complained about for years is the difficulty of accessing Wi-Fi in the country. When navigating a foreign country (especially for the first time), access to reliable internet is crucial. Now, according to a report from Nikkei, the Japanese government is preparing to launch a new tourist Wi-Fi initiative that could make gaining access to Wi-Fi as easy as flashing your ID.

According to Nikkei's Asian Review, the Japanese government plans to work alongside various telecom providers to build a nationwide common ID system for public Wi-Fi.

Tourists would be able to either download a smartphone app, or simply show an official their passports and be granted Wi-Fi access. [...]

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