Japan's 'Galapagos phones' making a comeback

May 18, 2015

Japan's 'Galapagos phones' making a comeback

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Smartphones have spread rapidly in Japan in recent years, but there still seems to be strong demand for feature phones, or so-called “Galapagos” phones, according to recent data. The domestic mobile phone market has been described as the “Galapagos Islands” because handsets come with ...

LDP eyes cellphone, pachinko prize taxes

Aug 11, 2014

LDP eyes cellphone, pachinko prize taxes

Some members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are considering seeking taxes on mobile phone owners and the pachinko industry to cover a chronic shortage of government revenue. With the balance of government debts at a record ¥1.04 quadrillion at the end of June, ...

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

Jul 17, 2014

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

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New mobile phone entrant Ymobile Corp. unveiled monthly fixed-price service plans Thursday that include voice calling and Internet access to woo newcomers to smartphones with simpler and cheaper contracts. The SoftBank subsidiary, launched in June in a merger with eAccess, which runs Emobile, and ...

30% of indecent assault victims were staring at mobiles

May 23, 2013

30% of indecent assault victims were staring at mobiles

About 30 percent of victims of indecent assaults in Osaka last year were using cellphones, smartphones or portable music players at the time of the attack, Osaka Prefectural Police investigative sources said. Of some 860 indecent assaults reported in 2012 to the prefectural force, ...