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  1. What Kinds of Work Do People Do in Japan?
  2. Where Men and Women Work in Japan
  3. Reviving Basic Industries in Postwar Japan
  4. Japan’s Shipbuilding Industry
  5. Mining: An Industry in Decline
  6. Industrial Policy and Depressed Industries
  7. Consumer Goods Industries
  8. Small Firms in the Japanese Economy
  9. Links Between Large and Small Firms
  10. The Japanese Electronics Industry
  11. Beginning of the Japanese Automobile Industry
  12. The Rise of the Japanese Auto Industry and Auto Exports
  13. The Mobile Telephone Industry
  14. The Computer Game Industry
  15. Shopping Habits and Retail Stores
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A student hairstylist uses a cell phone in Harajuku, Tokyo.
Photo from Japanese Streets and Photo by Kjeld Duits.
The Mobile Telephone Industry
Japan’s mobile telephone industry has grown dramatically since the early 1980s. The number of cell phones in Japan has grown from 40,000 in 1984 to 71.6 million in 2002. In addition, there are about 5.7 million subscribers to PHS technology phones, which use a different system of transmitting signals. One unusual feature of Japan’s mobile phone use is that more than three-quarters of mobile phones have internet access. This is the primary form of internet access for many people. The very high rate of mobile phone use in Japan has led to reduced use of conventional telephone service. Conventional phone service subscriptions peaked in 1995 at 61 million phones, but by 2001 this had dropped about 17 percent, to 50 million subscriptions.
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