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Japanese telcos to offer discounts for students

Mobile operators to comply with government request to ease burden for online classes

Japan's leading mobile providers -- NTT Docomo, KDDI's au, and SoftBank -- will ease the burden on students as remote classes are expected to expand amid the new coronavirus outbreak.

TOKYO -- Amid the expanding COVID-19 crisis, three Japanese mobile network operators including NTT Docomo are planning to offer discounts on data communications fees for students aged 25 or lower. 

The move is in response to a request from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to mitigate extra charges for students taking online classes. The ministry is expected to make the request on Friday, and Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank are expected to announce measures the same day. 

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