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Old 14th May 2018, 03:37 PM
1alan1 1alan1 is offline
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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.
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Old 27th May 2018, 07:01 AM
Alexandrina Alexandrina is offline
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Thank you for the update Alan.
That phone book is terrific!
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Old 27th May 2018, 12:21 PM
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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.
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Old 1st June 2018, 02:44 PM
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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.

Alan
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Old 11th June 2018, 06:25 PM
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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!!
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