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Telecom fees in Japan drop to levels similar to U.S., Europe.

TOKYO, Sept. 7 Kyodo

Telecom fees in Japan have come down to levels similar to those in the United States and Europe due largely to continued falls in telephone and Internet access charges as well as a weaker yen, the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications said in a survey Friday.

But fees for mobile phones in Japan are still higher than other countries, with the standard monthly mobile charge being the highest in Tokyo at 5,310 yen, compared to 3,880 yen in London, according to the survey.

The survey, conducted in February, compares rates by major telecom carriers in six big cities in Japan, the U.S. and Europe.

According to the survey, the average monthly fee for asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) Internet access service is the lowest in Paris at 4,700 yen and the second lowest in Tokyo at 5,750 yen. The ADSL fees have dropped further in Japan since then.

Fees for fixed-line telephone services within the prefecture have also come down in Japan to levels equal to or below those in other countries.
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Date:Sep 10, 2001
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