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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — One of the main concerns that many Yokota residents had when Allied Telesis took over phone, Internet and television services on base was having to learn the new, 10-digit phone numbers of their friends and neighbors.

But an online directory is now available.

Allied posted a base residential phone directory on its Yokota Web site on Aug. 10.

The directory, arranged alphabetically by the household sponsor’s first name, lists about 2,200 names and phone numbers of Yokota residents whose first names range from Aaron to Zavier.

Users can browse the entire list, or search by hitting Ctrl-F and then typing in the person’s first or last name.

When the list was first posted, customers who had requested unlisted numbers accidentally had been included in the directory, said Scott Clark, Allied’s on-site project manager.

He said Allied purged the list of the unlisted numbers within 36 hours of the initial posting.

“We also have provided information to all customers of how to request their number to be unlisted on the Web site itself and in the billing reminder,” he said.

A message on the Web site states that customers who wish to have their number removed can call 412 or visit the Allied store in the Yokota Community Center.

The message also says customers who choose to opt out of the online directory also will be excluded from the “auto attendant” search system on the base switchboard.

There is no reference to rank or home addresses on the online directory, Clark said.

He added that the release of the directory was approved by both the 374th Mission Support Group and the U.S. Forces Japan legal office.

To use the Yokota online directory, go to www.yokota.atcc-gns.com/support/directory.aspx.

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