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Japan gov't panel urges carriers to cut mobile phone fees

TOKYO, Dec. 16 — An advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government on Wednesday compiled a report urging mobile phone carriers to review their price plans for those who do not download a great deal of data and to cut their monthly fees to less than 5,000 yen (around USD 41).

The price plans currently offered by three major Japanese mobile phone carriers have been criticized as being designed for frequent Internet users and as being too expensive for those who rarely use such services.

Abe instructed Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi in September to come up with ways to address such concerns and the ministry to set up the experts' panel, which held hearings with carriers. (PNA/Kyodo)

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