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Japan With Kids - Forums: General Discussions: Video compatibility
By TLytle on Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 5:58 am:

We are moving to Yokohama in July. As I began sorting for moving day, it occurred to me that maybe the kids' massive video collection will be useless in Japanese VCRs. Can anyone confirm this. Thank you.

By Natalie on Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 5:56 pm:

Friends and family from Canada are always sending us both original movies as well as videotaped TV shows. We watch them on our Japanese VCRs with no problem.

By M&J on Sunday, May 9, 1999 - 9:40 pm:

It all depends were you are moving from & the video system in use there. If from Nth America your videos will probably play ok in Japanese VCRs as both use the NTSC system. (but watch out there are 2 versions of NTSC out there!) If coming from other parts of Asia, Australia, NZ & most of Europe, a PAL compatible VCR is required. Some other parts of the world use SECAM.
We're from Australia were PAL is used so we purchased a multi system video that can play & record any tape from any system. It was a little more expensive, but as it has multi voltage too, we will take it home with us & use it to watch NTSC tapes collected whilst in Japan.

By Anonymous on Wednesday, July 28, 1999 - 5:07 pm:

Where are you moving from?

By grant allan on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 10:08 pm:

Hi, looking to buy a VCR to use here in Japan, that can also play PAL tapes (from New Zealand). Anyone know of a dual-system make/model number? - having lots of trouble trying to find brouchures / websites / storepeople that can help me... thanks.

By Scott Hancock on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 10:27 pm:

Very easy. Go to one of the duty free shops - many in Akihabara and they sell several varities, with instructions in English.

Laox is probably the biggest, but there are a few others there.

Maybe there is one with combination DVD. That would be ideal now that DVD is overtaking VHS.


By Bethan Hutton on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 10:34 pm:

Laox Duty Free branch in Akihabara has a good selection - you just need to ask for "multisystem".

One point to check though is whether you can use it with any television or if you need a multisystem television as well. I seem to remember from last time we bought one that it was cheaper to buy a multisystem VHS if you also have a multisystem television; the other ones have to do some kind of extra conversion of the signal, and so cost more. You might want to get a demonstration of the difference in quality.

And if you happen to be in the market for a new TV too, then you might as well get a multisystem one - they are not particularly expensive, and as they are usually also multi-voltage, you can take them back home (we used ours for a while in Australia) and watch your Japanese videos there too.

They certainly also do multisystem/multiregion DVD players at Laox, though I don't know about combination DVD/VHS machines.

By Trupti Gandhi on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 10:59 pm:


do check before buying if the multisystem VHS will have the bilingual voice setting also or no... we got out LCD tv from LAOX in dec and realised that we had to buy japanese video player to be able to hear the english voice.... as TV does not have the capability of two voices.... or BS... as it is an international model...

if you get something which has bilingual capability + PAL/NTSC mode + region free dvd player + BS signal it might be a best buy... wonder if they have even thought of such a compact machine!! ;)


By Trupti Gandhi on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 11:01 pm:

btw, we can not still see the videos from india on our VHS!!! thank god for the DVD!!!

By Karen on Monday, June 20, 2005 - 7:30 am:

Grant, our World Wide Video is a Samsung (cant see the model number sorry) that plays our NZ videos. Also LAOX are really good but also try AKKY which are across the road from the big LAOX building as we got a TV and DVD player from there for at least 150,000 less than LAOX.

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