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Apple Shifts Focus to Japan with Launch of iPhone 7Ishikawa Tsutsumu

The recently launched iPhone 7 in Japan supports Sony’s FeliCa contactless technology, allowing users to make payments with their phones via Suica and other mobile payment methods. Apple, looking to raise its profile in Japan, teamed up with JR East to bring Suica to the iPhone, while Sony hopes the move will help turn its technology into a global standard.
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Smartphones Bring New Golden Age for Japan’s Games IndustryShin Kiyoshi

Smash-hit titles like Puzzle and Dragons and Monster Strike have made Japan’s mobile gaming market the largest in the world. Most of the games are free, but low-priced extras in the form of in-game purchases provide hefty profits for developers.
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Shaking Up Japan’s Mobile Phone MarketIshikawa Tsutsumu

As the iPhone sweeps Japan’s smartphone market, NTT Docomo has shifted the competitive focus to calling plans with its new unlimited-talk arrangement. Meanwhile, pending changes in telecommunications regulations promise either to strengthen the position of the former NTT monopoly or to blow the mobile market wide open. Ishikawa Tsutsumu reports.
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The Future of the Japanese Smartphone Market Following the Docomo iPhoneIshikawa Tsutsumu

NTT Docomo lagged far behind Softbank Mobile and KDDI in releasing Apple’s popular iPhone. How is this decision likely to affect the broader market?
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Steve Jobs and JapanHayashi Nobuyuki

Apple founder and CEO extraordinaire Steve Jobs had a close relationship to Japan. Hayashi Nobuyuki, an IT journalist who has written about Steve Jobs and Apple for many years, traces the course of Jobs’s links with Japan, dating from his first interest in Zen as a young man.
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