A commemorative postage stamp on the Opening of Okinawa (Japan) – Luzon (the Philippines) – Hong Kong Submarine Cables :
Issued by Japan
Issued on Aug 26, 1977
Issued for : A postage stamp was issued to commemorate the Okinawa–Luzon–Hongkong Cable which opened August 26, 1977. The cable spanning about 2,240 km had been constructed by three firms: KDD (Japan), ETPI (the Philippines) and C & W (United Kingdom).
Design : Okinawa–Luzon–Hongkong Cable line and a child on the phone
Designer : Mr. Yoshiomi Higashitsunoi
Colour : Multicolour
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Denomination : 50 Yen
Stamp Size : 22.5 mm x 33.0 mm
Quantity Issued : 30,000,000 stamps
- A contract for laying submarine cables connecting Okinawa, Luzon and Hongkong was concluded in Manila on Sept. 15, 1975 among Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co. of Japan, Eastern Communications Philippines, of the Philippines and Cable and Wireless Co. of Britain.
- The cables are designed to link Gushikamison, Shimajiri County, on the southwestern part of Okinawa Island with Ilocos Norte on the northwestern part of Luzon Island and Hongkong Island. The total length of the cables was about 2,240 kilometers, and the 1,360 kilometer long section between Okinawa and Luzon was built by KDD. The cables for 1,600 circuits were laid by the engineers aboard a cable ship, the KDD–Maru. The 880-kilometer section between Luzon and Hongkong was built by Cable and Wireless. Cables with 1,840 circuits were laid by the British cable ship Mercury. The submarine cables were put into use on Aug. 26, 1977.