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Which electrical plugs and voltages are used in Japan?

Japan uses type A and B electrical plugs with a voltage of 100 V at either 50 Hz or 60 Hz.  It's important to note that the Japanese type A and B outlets have spaces for powered prongs of equal width.  This means that standard North American plugs will not work in Japan without an adapter.  In general, eastern Japan uses 50 Hz while western Japan uses 60 Hz.
last updated 2007.07.23
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