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Japan mobile phones top 100m mark
Japanese phone users
Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Japan
The number of mobile phone subscriptions in Japan topped 100 million for the first time in January, according to a telecoms association.

The 100.22 million subscriptions at the end of the month was 0.4% higher than the 99.83 million on 31 December 2006.

Data from the Telecommunications Carriers Association combines mobile phone contract holders and those using a personal handyphone system (PHS).

Some of the most modern phones in Japan are used as electronic wallets.

Others are capable of streaming live digital television, as well as functions common in other developed nations, such as listening to music, downloading videos and sending e-mails.

The population of Japan is about 127 million, suggesting that about 78% of those living there have a mobile.

However, the association said that some individuals might have multiple phone contracts.

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