Go Back   Family Tree DNA Forums > General Interest > Adoptees Forum

Adoptees Forum This is a forum for adoptees and descendants of adoptees to share their research experiences and exchange information as well as tips. This board is open to customers and visitors.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 14th May 2018, 03:37 PM
1alan1 1alan1 is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 90
Japanese phone book

Time for another update...

Every time I try to get anywhere with translators it pretty much fails right away.

So the other day I was searching something on Google and was on page 3 of the results and clicked on something. It brought up a page in mostly Japanese, but had a little English that said Net Phone Book. Well it turned out to be a jackpot!
I had asked many Japanese cousins and read so many posts that there are no phone books in Japan. Well I found one.
I don't think I can post links on here so PM me if you need it.
I used Google web translate, but Chrome will translate using a right click and translate. So its for land lines not cell phones. For free you can view 2000, 2007 and 2012 listings. For 500yen a month you can get 2016 and way back to 1993. I don't how well it will work for everyone. Some people likely just switch over to cell phone, but less likely the farther back in time you go.
I was able to see the address and phone number of the biol-family. I was able to see who the owner of a fish store that I think is related. I seen other people that are likely cousins.
I wish I could have found this a long time ago!

I found someone who is going to attempt contact with the family in the next couple of days. Hopefully they haven't moved.
Reply With Quote
Old 27th May 2018, 07:01 AM
Alexandrina Alexandrina is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 140
Thank you for the update Alan.
That phone book is terrific!
Reply With Quote
Old 27th May 2018, 12:21 PM
1alan1 1alan1 is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 90
Phone Book Subscription

So for 500 Yen, about $5. you can get a 30 day subscription to this phone book. That opens up dates back to 1993 and the most current date of 2016. Since I am also looking for the grandfather I want to see 1993.

I tried to pay for a subscriptions and failed. I tried my debit card and it wouldn't go through. It gave me an error that I wasn't able to translate because it was in its own window that didn't allow copy and paste.

Next I tried the Amazon gift card and I found out I need to have a Japanese Amazon account, the US one doesn't work on the Japanese site.

Next I talked to my son about paying with Bit Coin and he was sure how to pay or what was needed to pay by Bit Coin.

So now I have resorted to asking cousins and anyone I know in Japan for a favor to get a 30 day subscription.

Update on the lady who was going to make a call for us... looks like she changed her mind. Oh well.
Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2018, 02:44 PM
1alan1 1alan1 is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 90
It appears to get a subscription to this phone book you need to probably be in Japan. I tried and a cousin tried and we got nowhere with the subscription.

One friend tried to call the home and no one answered, likely screening the calls.

So I switched plans. We sent a telegram through Itelegram yesterday to the mother home. It was pricey at $51 for a short message with contact information. Its one to two day delivery. They try to hand deliver if they can, so we are hoping it gets some attention.

Reply With Quote
Old 11th June 2018, 06:25 PM
1alan1 1alan1 is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 90
So after a couple emails back and forth to Itelegram here is what the final word is... The head of house hold refused to accept the message. This was not a failed delivery.

Now comes the hard part, getting them to communicate!!
Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Webinar 5/29: Family Tree DNA Results Explained: Family Finder Inheritance & Matching efgen Announcements and New Features 0 28th May 2014 06:12 PM
FREE Webinar - Family Tree DNA Feature Launch: X Chromosome Matches in Family Finder Rebekah Canada X-DNA Basics 2 24th January 2014 07:27 PM
Family Finder Success! Family Found! Stevo DNA Success Stories 14 13th March 2013 07:40 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:20 PM.

Family Tree DNA - World Headquarters

1445 North Loop West, Suite 820
Houston, Texas 77008, USA

Phone: (713) 868-1438 | Fax: (832) 201-7147
Copyright 2001-2010 Genealogy by Genetics, Ltd.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.