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Japan telecoms plan spring rate war for mobile services

PM's vow to reduce fees forces KDDI, Docomo and SoftBank to fall in line

KDDI President Makoto Takahashi unveils his new reduced-rate service at a news conference.

TOKYO -- Japan's three major telecoms -- NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank -- are gearing up for a rate war in spring.

"We have a number of ways to provide the lowest rates," KDDI President Makoto Takahashi told a news conference on Jan. 13, as he revealed new service plans to cut fees for unlimited data usage by up to 20% from existing plans.

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