Brazil Sends Three Ministers to Japan to Discuss Digital TV

The Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, embarked Sunday, April 9, for Japan, where he will maintain governmental contacts related to Brazil’s future choice of a digital TV standard.

"We will discuss the possibility of an effective partnership in this area," the minister commented prior to his departure.

The Minister of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Luiz Fernando Furlan, and the Minister of Communications, Hélio Costa, are also accompanying the mission.

Encounters are scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12, with the Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taro Aso, the Minister of Interior and Communications, Heizo Takenaka, the minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Toshihiro Nikai, and the vice-president of the Association of Radio Industries and Business, Genichi Hashimoto, among others.

Minister Amorim guarantees that the meetings with the Japanese government do not imply eliminating the possibility of adopting a Brazilian digital TV model.

"Brazil does not wish to reinvent the wheel and have its own modulation standard. What is important is for there to be midware and software to complement one of the standards," he assured.

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