Tokyo kicks off recycling drive for 2020 medals

Feb 16, 2017

Tokyo kicks off recycling drive for 2020 medals

Your old cellphone could be destined for Olympic greatness. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday started accepting unwanted digital devices to make medals for the 2020 Games. A box has been installed at City Hall in Shinjuku Ward to collect nine types of devices ...

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, ...