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October 05, 2007

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Zbigniew Lukasiak

I wander how much this mobile boom in far east is influenced by the use of the ideogram script. I would expect that the amount of text you can read in one sweep on the phone in Japanese can carry much more meaning than the same amount of text in English. But on the other hand inputing those characters might be more difficult.

Alan moore

Z. Thats an interesting point.

And I don't know the answer, perhaps Lars in Tokyo might be able to assist? Lars?

And thanks for posting

Lars

Hi Guys:

Good question, however as you pointed-out input is a major challenge considering there are several thousand kanji characters plus Hiragana and Katakana (is always) mixed-in as well.. Yikes.

Simply put, the 'mobile boom' in Japan has much more to do with the operators business models and therefore the availability of networks, handsets, content and services to encourage end user adoption.

Sorry, I'm a bit rushed here on a Friday but thought you might like to follow the links below, including a free 50-page .pdf preview, for our latest research paper "Japan Mobile Internet Report"

http://www.wirelesswatch.jp/reports/
http://www.wirelesswatch.jp/docs/JMIR_Sample.pdf

I hope that helps!

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