How to use a foreign electric appliance in Japan

To Supporters or Supporting Office for Foreign Researchers.

It is necessary to meet the following three requirements to use a foreign electric appliance in Japan.

  1. Correspondence of voltage to 100 volts.
  2. Correspondence to Japanese power plug  (Type A)
  3. Correspondence to Japanese power frequency (Eastern Japan: 50Hz, Western Japan: 60Hz)

Please check  the  INPUT and OUTPUT of electric power supply.

  • INPUT: 100V 50/60Hz
  • OUTPUT: For your appliance

Especially, you need to pay attention about Japanese power frequency because of different between Eastern Japan and Western Japan. About recent PC, I think that you don’t need to worry because of using the power adapter for the world wide. Please check your PC power adapter.

  • INPUT: 100 – 240V  50 – 60Hz

However, if you use too old PC like Windows 98 or 2000, please pay attention about  the power supply information. About the voltage and power plug, you will be able to cope with by preparing the converter.

Voltage Converter (Step-UP Transformer)

Please check wattage of the converter. The above product is coped with 100W (Note PC: 50W, Electric shaver: 20W).
* In above product, there is  not only step-up transformer but also step-down transformer.

Power Plug Converter (to Type A)

Introduction of Case Examples

  • Panasonic SC-HC20 (August 3, 2011)
    • INPUT: 110 – 200V  50/60Hz
    • Comment
       This case is no problem because the 110V electric appliance  can use at 100V power supply. About the influence, the display lump in CD recorder may get a little dark. Concretely, 110V electric light is sold in Japan. If 110V electric light is used at 100V power supply, the brightness will get a little dark, but the longevity will expand because of reduction of consumed power.
    • Additional Information
       I tried to use it, but AM/FM function seems not to work.  This CD recorder includes the iPod speaker docking system, so I think that the radio audio in iPod/iPod Touch/iPhone can hear.

2nd August, 2011   Chief of Information Processing Office: Kitani.
3rd August, 2011: Added case example.

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