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In response to the torrential rains that have caused extensive damage mainly in the Kyushu region, NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, SoftBank, and Wire and Wireless have started the "00000JAPAN" free Wi-Fi service at noon on July 9. The target areas are Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Oita and Kagoshima prefectures.
00000JAPAN is a service that allows temporary free access to Wi-Fi spots provided by mobile carriers and other companies (docomo Wi-Fi, au Wi-Fi Spot, Wi2, etc.) . The SSID for this service is 00000JAPAN, and it can be used by anyone, regardless of whether or not they have a contract. The service was established in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, and was first provided after the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. It has since been deployed after every major disaster.
Please note that 00000JAPAN does not have user authentication, encryption, or any other security measures in place to make the site more convenient in an emergency.
There is a risk that an access point with the same name could be set up and the information could be tapped.
For this reason, the government has issued a number of warnings about 00000JAPAN, including: "Use the service only for safety confirmation and information gathering in unavoidable circumstances, and avoid using it for services that involve IDs, passwords, personal information and money," "If you have a cell phone connection, use that one," and "Use a VPN software when using free Wi-Fi, not just 00000JAPAN".
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