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Coronavirus upsets Japan 5G launch

Rakuten delays rollout and other mobile carriers lose impact during key sales window

Japan's top three carriers -- NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank Corp -- rolled out their 5G services in late March ahead of Japan's new fiscal year.

TOKYO -- The coronavirus outbreak has upset efforts by Japan's mobile phone carriers to attract new 5G customers, forcing them to curb store operations and cancel promotional events.

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