This article is about the Japanese radio network. For Sega game console, see Sega Meganet.
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The MegaNet(メガネット,meganetto?) or Megalopolis Radio Network(メガロポリス・ネットワーク,megaroporisu nettowāku?) is Japan's only network of multi-lingual commercialradio stations. Currently all such stations are members of the network. The flagship station is InterFM in Tokyo.
They all broadcast in FM. It is the latest network, third national FM network and the fifth in radio in general in Japan.
As a network of foreign-language focused FM radio stations which serve four major metropolitan areas, MegaNet reaches about 65% of Japan's population. However, unlike the rival network JFL, MegaNet doesn't have an affiliate in Hokkaido. (Now MegaNet lost an affiliate in Aichi Prefecture, reducing its affiliates to three.)
Initially, it was planned that affiliate stations in the network would only share information and produce and broadcast shows independently. However, recently the network has begun to broadcast flagship station InterFM's programming across the entire network.
During the 2002 FIFA world cup held in Japan and Korea, the network capitalized on the fact that it was targeted towards foreigners by being the only FM network offering live coverage of Japan's games, as well as broadcasting news in English to foreign tourists in the country for the games. (MegaNet is a member of the Japan Consortium.) They also broadcast games from the 2006 FIFA world cup in Germany in conjunction with other radio stations, however FM COCOLO did not participate.