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Japan after Abe

Japan phone carriers fear rate cuts under a Prime Minister Suga

Rakuten stands to gain from 'worst-case scenario' for Docomo and others

Mobile data rates have become a contentious issue between the Japanese government and telecoms. (Nikkei montage)

TOKYO -- Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, now leading the race for Japan's next prime minister, has signaled that he wants more competition in the mobile services sector, sending shudders through the country's top three carriers.

"I want to create a framework that allows for greater competition in the field," Suga said Wednesday in a speech to formally announce his candidacy. Suga, a veteran on telecommunications policy who has long called for lower mobile service rates, is widely viewed as the favorite to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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