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12/02/2003 (21:00)

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TOKYO (LoveIndonesiaPhilately) - Pos Jepang membuat berbagai macam kupon. Lihat gambar di sini.

Ada yang 50 yen, ada yang 700 yen, ada yang 500 yen ada yang 1.000 yen, semua dengan warna yang berbeda-beda.

Kupon ini bisa dikirimkan pakai pos (surat) biasa. Lalu si penerima, siapa pun juga, datang ke kantorpos di mana pun juga di Jepang, bisa ditukar dengan prangko atau benda filateli senilai kupon tersebut.

Kupon ini memanjang dan ada 4 bagian. Semua bagian harus mendapatkan cap dari kantorpos. Cap tersebut adalah cap kantorpos sehari-hari.

Bisa dibeli di berbagai kantorpos di mana pun berada di Jepang. Biasanya dipakai untuk hadiah atau yang kekurangan prangko.

Jadi sebenarnya mirip International Reply Coupon (IRC) yang dulu sekiitar 1970-an banyak dipakai para sahabat pena dunia dan diterbitkan oleh para anggota UPU serta berlaku di semua anggota UPU. Termasuk Perum Pos dan Giro (nama dulu sebelum menjadi PT Pos Indonesia) juga pernah ikut menerbitkannya. Hanya saja IRC berlaku di dunia dan hanya bernilai kecil yaitu pos laut internasional. Sedangkan kupon Jepang ini hanya berlaku di Jepang dan bisa ribuan yen karena bisa dipakai sebagai hadiah.

Pemberian hadiah kupon ini bisa dilakukan Pos Indonesia, hadiah bagi pemenang pameran filateli.

Pembuatan kupon tersebut, bisa pula menyertakan nama Perkumpulan Filatelis Indonesia (kerjasama dengan PFI) sebagai upaya mempopulerkan PFI di Indonesia dan menginformasikan wadah para pengumpul prangko dengan lebih efektif lagi.

Richard Susilo

Fri›Nov›8,›2002› 12:30 am
Subject:› Kekayaan Pos Jepang


Bayangkan kekayaan Pos Jepang dari Tabungan Pos mencapai 208 triliun 
Luar biasa memang
Balance of postal savings may skid by 31 tril. yen in 5 yrs
TOKYO, Nov. 7, Kyodo - The Postal Services Agency expects the balance 
of postal savings to shrink by 31 trillion yen to 208 trillion yen by 
March 31, 2007, as consumers are likely to dig into their savings 
amid the deflation-hit economy, agency officials said Thursday.

The agency plans to report the estimate to a meeting of government 
officials in charge of the preparatory process leading up to the 
envisioned establishment of a public corporation to take over mail 
and postal savings services from the agency, the officials said.

In view of the new estimate, the agency will scramble to draw up a 
business plan as well as numerical business goals for the public 
entity for the initial four-year period from its establishment of the 
public entity slated for fiscal 2003, they said.

The balance sank to 239 trillion yen as of March 31 this year, down 
from 250 trillion yen a year earlier, partly because the agency had 
to reimburse huge amounts in the popular ''fixed-amount postal 
savings accounts'' whose maturities of up to 10 years expired.

The agency expects the combined balance of postal savings to give up 
an additional 4 trillion yen to 235 trillion yen by March 31, 2003.

An agency official said this spring, ''The phenomenon of a falling 
postal savings balance emanating from reimbursements appears to have 
come to a standstill.''

But depositors appear set to continue to pull money out of the postal 
savings system because they are expected to continue eating into 
savings to deal with the prolongation of deflation, the officials 

The Postal Services Agency has run the pool of a combined 350 
trillion yen, which consists of the 239 trillion yen in postal 
savings and premiums collected for its postal insurance policies.

The pool has played a key role in stabilizing government bond prices 
as the Finance Ministry's Trust Fund Bureau has funneled a sizable 
part of the pooled money into the bond market under Japan's fiscal 
investment and loan program. 

From:› "filateli" 
Date:› Fri›Aug›2,›2002› 8:40 am
Subject:› Jepang Mulai Kampanye Prangko Prisma

Postal authorities hope to tap print club revival
Kyodo News
Instant photo sticker machines such as the "print club" booths seen 
in video game arcades, supermarkets and train stations a few years 
back are again the rage, prompting postal authorities to ponder the 
potential profits of allowing such photos as personalized stamps.

A girl holds up trial-run stamps bearing photos of her family at last 
summer's Japan World Stamp Exhibition in Tokyo.

Photo sticker machines first took off in 1996 with high school girls 
and other young women taking photographs of themselves and swapping 
the photos -- the size of a business card -- with friends.

There were 50,000 machines set up in video game centers, shopping 
centers and photo shops at the height of the boom in 1997.

The number dropped thereafter but the machines began to stage a 
gradual comeback in 2000 due to their makers' energetic efforts to 
develop new software.

The latest boom has made the instant picture sticker business a 50 
billion yen industry, and the Postal Services Agency is preparing to 
get on the bandwagon with plans to sell stamps carrying people's 

Its idea is to use digital cameras to take photographs of users at 
post offices and integrate them into stamps using personal computers.

Such stamps were sold on a trial basis last summer at an 
international stamp exhibition.

The era of e-mail has alienated many people from writing letters. But 
an official of the Japan Amusement Machinery Manufacturers 
Association said the postal agency's idea could catch on, with people 
for instance sending letters to their parents using stamps with 
photographs of their own children.

The official said couples planning to wed could also use stamps with 
their pictures to send invitations to their wedding reception.

Hitachi Software Engineering Co., the biggest firm in the software 
industry, sparked the current boom by developing a new software 
product that literally translates into English as "pure heart, 
beautiful photograph."

In the product, Hitachi engineers developed a new lighting method 
that allows the subject to be cast in soft light. Because it does not 
create any shadows, small spots such as acne can be hidden.

Analysts said software that enables subjects to choose from four 
light settings has been marketed.

The lighting fixtures in picture sticker machines are said to be on a 
par with those used by professional photographers in studios.

Shigeo Nakajima, chief engineer of Hitachi Software, said: "It is all 
right if a girl thinks pictures taken by the picture sticker machine 
are beautiful. It is the definitive difference of the device from 
digital cameras being sold for use by the general public."

The machines' users also can express themselves creatively by using 
special pens on the monitor. They can doodle on a picture in their 
favorite color and choose different backgrounds.

Operators of photo booths and shops where the machines are installed 
have also helped fuel the latest boom.

The owner of one shop has displayed a sign reading, "Men are not 
allowed to enter alone," in a bid to lure couples to the booth.

A specialty magazine meanwhile has started a contest in which it is 
asking readers to send in pictures taken in the booths.

Some people in the industry now wonder if it is possible for Japan to 
export photo sticker machines just as it did with karaoke systems.

The Japan Times: Aug. 2, 2002

From:› Richard Susilo 
Date:› Tue›Jul›23,›2002› 11:12 am
Subject:› RUU Pos Jepang Disahkan

Hari ini RUU baru Pos Jepang disahkan parlemen Jepang dan bisa segera 
disahkan besok untuk menjadi UU. Peraturan baru itu memungkinkan perusahaan 
swasta untuk berusaha seperti pos, mengantarkan jasa suratpos. Dengan 
demikian hal ini praktis mengurangi monopoli Pos Jepang dalam soal 
pengantaran suratpos yang di waktu mendatang bisa dilakukan swasta.

Bisakah Indonesia dilakukan demikian? Kalau ada pesaing, pasti Pos Indonsia 
akan semakin bergairah bekerja. Dengan monopoli seperti sekarang terasa tak 
ada tantangan dan pekerja akan santai-santai saja, bukan?


From:› "filateli"
Date:› Fri›Jul›12,›2002› 12:31 pm
Subject:› Pos Jepang Baru Untung

Pameran Filateli

Jangankan Pos Indonesia yang
mengalami kesulitan pendapatan, Pos 
Jepang saja setelah 4 tahun, baru sekarang mendapatkan keuntungan. 
baca berita ini.
Japan FY 2001 mail, postal savings see 1st black ink in 4 yrs
TOKYO, July 12, Kyodo - Japan's mail and postal savings services in 
fiscal 2001 posted profits for the first time in four years, the 
Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and 
Telecommunications said Friday.

Mail services, including door-to-door parcel delivery, registered a 
profit of 8 billion yen in the year ended March 31 against a loss of 
10 billion yen the previous year, the ministry said.

Revenues from the mail business dipped 1.6% to 2,207.5 billion yen 
while expenses dropped 2.3% to 2,199.5 billion yen.

The Postal Services Agency cut personnel costs by 20 billion yen in 
the reporting year, more than offsetting a decrease in the number of 
letters and parcels handled by the agency amid fierce competition 
from private firms.

Mail services are also expected to see a profit of 1 billion yen in 
the current fiscal year, the ministry said. 

Postal savings services for fiscal 2001 saw a 900 billion yen profit 
in a turnaround from the previous year's loss of 1,296.9 billion yen, 
the ministry said, adding that business is expected to generate a 
profit of 122.83 billion yen in fiscal 2002.

The ministry said investment on postal insurance funds produced 
latent losses of 4,160.2 billion yen in fiscal 2001, the first 
appraisal loss in that sector. 

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