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Safety of foreigners in Japan to be confirmed using smartphones

  • 2015-01-07 15:00:00
  • , Nikkei
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(Nikkei: January 7, 2015 – p. 7)

In cooperation with major security company Secom, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will begin offering a service during FY2014 that will use smartphones to confirm the safety of foreigners in Japan in the event of a disaster. The service will provide information on foreigners’ safety for free to each foreign embassy in Japan, as well as distributing information on evacuation from local governments to foreigners.

 

Once a foreigner downloads an application developed by Secom onto his or her smartphone, it will be possible to obtain safety information on foreigners such as their whereabouts and transmit this information to 153 foreign embassies in Japan. At the same time, evacuation or disaster information will be translated into 10 to 15 foreign languages and made available to foreigners through the application.

 

METI will entrust Secom with the development of the application and conduct coordination with foreign embassies and local governments. The service will be provided for free.

 

Secom will earn profits by charging travel agencies that will need foreign tourists’ safety information for the same service.

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