May 2, 2015

Newcomers to Japan low-cost smartphone market increasing

An increasing number of companies, mainly retailers, are launching low-cost smartphone services in Japan by taking advantage of a regulatory step designed to help users easily switch mobile operators. Mobile operators are now required to remove subscriber identity modules, or SIM, locks from new ...

Online service to make health checks easier

Mar 17, 2015

Online service to make health checks easier

by Shusuke Murai

Undergoing a health examination at a hospital may be a burden for people in today’s fast-paced world. But a simple examination kit, by phone company KDDI Corp., that delivers the health results online could soon change all that. The kit, which is branded as ...

Feb 17, 2015

Comedian recounts the heavy toll of online slander

Online anonymity brings out the worst in people. Wilfully slanderous allegations can reach a massive audience and they encourage others to weigh in with abuse of their own. Sometimes it seems, nobody is safe from the baying mob. “At first I took it as ...

Sep 18, 2014

Sex abuse involving smartphone messaging apps surges

Sexual predators have increasingly been using anonymous smartphone messaging apps such as Line and KakaoTalk to groom children for abuse, with 262 minors victimized in the first half of this year, more than double the reported number a year earlier, the National Police Agency ...

Sony unveils smartphones that double as PlayStation game display

Sep 5, 2014

Sony unveils smartphones that double as PlayStation game display

Sony Corp. has unveiled new mobile devices that also function as displays for PlayStation games, as it adds features to win sales in a market dominated by Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. The marquee Xperia Z3 smartphone is waterproof and comes with a ...

Sep 1, 2014

Smartphone use gets clearance during Japanese takeoffs, landings

Airplane passengers were given official permission to use smartphones and other gadgets during takeoffs and landings in Japan as long as the devices are put into “airplane mode” to suspend their communications functions. Monday’s changes follow similar decisions by the United States and the ...

Softbank unveils new smartphone developed with Sprint

Aug 19, 2014

Softbank unveils new smartphone developed with Sprint

SoftBank Corp. unveiled on Monday a new smartphone developed with U.S. subsidiary Sprint Corp. to cut procurement costs and strengthen its product lineup. Manufactured by Sharp Corp., the first handset developed with the third-largest U.S. mobile phone carrier goes on sale in Japan on ...

Budget phones challenge the majors

| Jul 14, 2014

Budget phones challenge the majors

by Kazuaki Nagata

Smartphones may be convenient, but there’s one thing about them that bugs many people: their costly monthly data plans. Seizing this opportunity, noncarrier firms have broken into the market in the past several months with low-cost plans and handsets. Here are some questions and ...