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Brastel Telecom

Brastel Telecom
Company typePublic
Founded1996 (privatized)
HeadquartersRyogoku, Sumida‐ku, Tokyo, Japan
Key peopleJunji Tanabe, CEO
Kendi Kawai CEO
Revenue6.2 billion yen JPY (August 2009)
Employees213 (November 2009)
SubsidiaryZIP Telecom Inc., Tupiniquim Entertainment Co., Ltd., Brastel Inc. (USA), Brastel Brasil Participações Ltda. (Brazil)

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Brastel Telecom ブラステル株式会社 or more commonly known as Brastel, is a Japanese telecommunications company based in Tokyo; they distribute international prepaid calling cards within Japan and Asia via convenience stores. Brastel's largest demographic are expats living in Japan and are one of the most commonly used calling services in Japan.

The company was started in 1996 originally selling call back services, in 2000 they release the first rechargeable calling card in Japan, it shortly becomes Brastel's biggest source of income. Recently they have started to invest in IP phone technology through their FLiP and Basix services.

They are also noted for their work in the Brazilian communities abroad for their involvement in the building of schools, providing seminars and lectures for the poorer and disadvantaged communities around the world.

The promotion of Brazilian culture in Japan has played a prominent part of Brastel since the creation of sub company Tupiniquim Entertainment in 2005. Tupiniquim Entertainment primarily concentrates on the promotion of Brazilian movies, music, actresses/actors and culture in Japan.

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