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Japan telcos follow Asia peers in resisting pressure to cut fees

Docomo's rivals keep profit forecasts unchanged despite PM Suga's call

Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga had been calling for lower mobile tariffs since he was minister for internal affairs and communications.(Source photos by Koji Uema and Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- It is Yoshihide Suga's turn to find out what other Asian leaders have already learned: it is one thing to want to please voters with lower telecoms charges, but quite another to make it happen.

Japan's biggest telecommunications companies have shrugged off pressure from the country's recently chosen prime minister to cut mobile phone tariffs, highlighting challenges he faces in implementing one of his key policies. 

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