The sentence goes as follows:


The sentence is uttered after the reader is told about a woman who works in a call center. She is checking the daily "briefing-mails" and then it is uttered.

The preceding sentence:


It is later revealed that there have been problems with telephones services all over town.

I really do not know what to make of the part in bold. My best shot at it would be that it expresses the fact that the company (the call center belongs to) is affiliated with all sorts of things (and therefore with the telephone problems as well). However, the meaning of 「傘下」is a mystery to me.

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It seems the company called ドコデモ is a telecommunications company especially mobile network service. The company she works at should be a subsidiary company of ドコデモ. I am not sure what she is actually doing though, she might be responding the customers' request due to erratic connection all over the town.

Anyway 傘下{さんか} literally means "under the umbrella". If you open the umbrella up, the shape is like a pyramid, right? So, it seems like describing a "hierarchy". The company she works at might always need to work according to the order from the parent company 「ドコデモ」.

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    Might be obvious, but ドコデモ is a reference to a major mobile carrier in Japan ドコモ. Apr 30, 2020 at 4:05
  • I know the minor changes should be authors' concern for copyright. Thanks for letting me know. Apr 30, 2020 at 4:20
  • Thank you! I feel like a gigantic idiot for not realizing that it is simply a name.
    – Himula
    Apr 30, 2020 at 6:59
  • It's worth noting that “under the umbrella of...” is used in more or less the same way in English ldoceonline.com/dictionary/…
    – leo
    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:23
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    @Himula I don't think it's your fault. ドコデモ (as well as the original ドコモ) has taken over a plain word as their brand, so it's hard to guess if you don't know such a thing exists. Much as same as you wouldn't understand how people could "tweet", or write a report without "Word". May 1, 2020 at 11:09

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