How to get a cruise ship to Japan
JAPANESE cruise ships are no longer required to take passengers with them after Japan’s new transportation minister declared a new policy that allows passengers on board to use their smartphones and tablets for free.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the policy last week, and it has the potential to have an enormous impact on tourism and business in the country.
The ministry said on Monday that all Japanese cruise ships must now have phones and tablets that allow the use of smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
They must also have a fully functioning WiFi network, and passengers must not leave their phones and devices unattended in the cabin or in a car.
Cruise ships that have a wifi network must also carry a full set of hand luggage to ensure they can access their smartphones when not in use, the ministry said.
But passengers who choose to use smartphones, and those who want to take advantage of the free mobile phone roaming option, will have to pay an extra ¥3,500 for their smartphone.
Abe also announced the launch of a free WiFi service that will allow passengers to use mobile phones in Japan.
It will be available through the government’s free-to-use service, known as Wi-Fi Pass, and will allow people to use the Wi-fi network as well as their smartphone and tablet to download video and audio files from the Internet.
The service will be offered from September 1, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Travel agents have been scrambling to get the service launched, and one said it will cost about ¥50,000.
The ministry did not offer any specific details about how many smartphones it would allow aboard.
The policy comes after Japan last month adopted a new set of guidelines for mobile phones that it said would allow people traveling in the nation to use them while in transit.
It said people could use smartphones to download information and videos from the internet, surf the internet and call friends without having to pay for a SIM card.
Japan is now the second country in the world to allow smartphone users to use its mobile networks, after the United States, which announced last year that it would offer free access to its smartphones.
But the policy does not cover those who use the service, which is also known as hotspot.