Mobile Internet in Japan

Digital World Tokyo writes:

The number of Internet users in Japan accessing from cellphones exceeded those using it from personal computers in 2005, according to a government report published Tuesday.

At the end of the year there were 69.2 million people using the Internet from mobile devices, compared to 66 million conventional PC users, the Ministry of Information and Communications’ annual “Information and Communications in Japan” white paper said. Of these two user groups, 48.6 million use both a mobile device and a conventional PC, it said, giving Japan a total Internet population of 85.3 million users. That’s equivalent to two in every three people in the country.

Japan’s merchants are keen to cash in on the popularity of mobile Internet services like NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode. The number of mobile e-commerce sites is increasing and consumers appear to be taking to shopping by cellphone.

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