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According to [1] it is prohibited to distribute this data. I don't see how we could use this data in OSM, unless someone (Japanese) gets in contact with the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan and negotiates a deal. Gnonthgol 22:12, 8 August 2009 (UTC)

@User:Gnonthgol: Could users in the United States try e-mailing the U.S. team (e-mail) and asking them to help us negotiate? They seem to have the right attitude:
Data accessed through do not, and should not, include controls over its end use. Once the data have been downloaded from the agency’s site, the government cannot vouch for their quality and timeliness. Furthermore, the U.S. Government cannot vouch for any analyses conducted with data retrieved from
They would presumably know who in the U.S. government to talk to. At the Japan end, how about contacting User:Higa4, who is Secretary-General of OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan? Actually totally coincidentally, I just messaged Higa4 about contour data for geological hazard maps (Japan also has amazing, utterly world-class disaster preparedness maps). HLHJ (talk) 13:56, 7 March 2015 (UTC)