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Docomo to slash phone rates up to 40% from June

Japanese carrier responds to government pressure to lower prices

NTT Docomo will start offering lower rates on mobile phone plans in June.

TOKYO -- Market-leading Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo will lower charges by up to 40% starting this June under plans announced Monday, answering the government's call for cheaper service plans.

The industry has room for reductions of about 40%, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said last August. Docomo responded in October by saying it would cut fees between roughly 20% and 40%, to "return" as much as 400 billion yen ($3.57 billion) to customers a year.

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