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Japan to order $9 cap on wireless cancellation fees

Government aims to spur competition by making it easier to switch carriers

The Japanese government is leading a clampdown on excessive mobile fees.

TOKYO -- A customer in Japan who chooses to terminate a wireless contract prematurely would pay a penalty of no more than 1,000 yen ($9.24) under a proposed government mandate, down from the current 9,500 yen walkaway fee.

The government will present a sweeping action plan Tuesday to a study group under the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, with the goal of compiling recommendations this summer and issuing a revised ministerial ordinance by autumn.

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