Any consumer DVD recorder designed for Japanese domestic market cannot record PAL signal. This Panasonic model is no exception. It is also equipped with TV tuner capable of reception of Japanese TV channels only , so there's not much use for this recorder outside of Japan, even if your local TV system is NTSC.
Actually you can use Japanese tuner in US for most off air channnels. You can also use cable tv but in Japan they have a lot less channels so you will get about half of them and they may not be in exact order.
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