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Japan's mobile fees have room for 40% cut, top spokesman says

Suga faults lack of competition for internationally high prices

Consumers decry the practice of locking phones to specific SIM cards to keep them from switching carriers.

TOKYO -- Japan's top mobile phone carriers can lower service fees by about 40%, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday, taking aim at the huge annual profits the companies rake in.

"I have to say that competition has not been working," Suga said in a lecture in Sapporo.

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