Pagers Gaining Renewed Attention in Wake of Disasters

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)--Pager telecommunication devices, which were popular in the 1990s, are gaining attention again in Japan in the wake of recent disasters.

As the pagers use special frequencies that can reach inside buildings easily, the radio waves are employed for receivers set up in citizens' houses to carry evacuation information and other messages.

Municipalities across Japan are pinning hopes on the frequency bands of the handy devices amid difficulties getting information to residents via their local radio communications systems alone in times of torrential rain, when the rain may drown out the sound of message broadcasts.

In fiscal 2017, the city of Takahashi in the western Japan prefecture of Okayama started to lend the devices out to its citizens.

One city official said that the municipal government did not receive any negative feedback from residents unable to get messages during the torrential rain that mainly hit western Japan in July this year. In fact, the devices were complimented for being very helpful during evacuation.

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