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Its easy to send a fax to Japan from the US on a traditional facsimile machine – just enter the number as follows:
011-81-(fax number in Japan)
81 is the country code for Japan and you must dial 011 for the international access number to call from the US. Be sure to prefix everything with a “9″ if you normally do to access a line outside of your company’s phone switch.
It may be necessary to insert a pause in your dialing sequence after the “011″ to allow the phone network time to connect you to an exchange. This differs by model and make of machine, but may be a comma or “#” sign inserted into the number.
If you receive a bad connection, you may have to lower the baud rate on your machine to ensure a noise free transmission.
Dialing Japan can be expensive, if you do it often it would be best to use an international phone card or join one of the online services for a free trial then cancel if you no longer need the service.
International Fax Choices
Another option is to sign up for a fax to email service such as Efax or MyFax. These services allow you to send unlimited international faxes simply through your regular email for cheaper than a single long distance phone call to Japan or Asia.