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Mobile phone use tops 50 pc for men in their 50s.

TOKYO, Jan. 19 Kyodo

More than one in two men in their 50s has joined the rank of mobile phone users in Japan, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Nomura Research Institute.

The think tank said 56.2% of men in their 50s use either a cellular phone or a personal handy-phone system (PHS).

It said it surveyed a total of 2,000 people of both genders, from teenagers to those in their 50s, in October last year. The response rate was 70.5%.

The proportion of mobile phone users across all age brackets came to 59.9%, up 8.7 percentage points from the previous survey, in March last year.

Men in their 20s showed the highest proportion of mobile phone use, at 78.8%, followed by men in their 30s, at 78.7%, and then by women in their 20s, at 76.3%.

Women in their 50s had the lowest proportion of mobile phone use, at 23.5%.
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