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How common are mobile phones and Internet accounts in Japan?

With more and more households idling their children have their own telephones, the number of mobile and PHS telephone contracts at the end of fiscal 2003 reached about 81.52 million.
This is an increase of 3.9 times compared with the estimated 20.88 million phones in use in 1996.
The reason behind the rise is related to the introduction of various function beyond that of normal telephones, such as web browsing, e-mail, game, camera and video functions.
As for the Internet, the govemment's Information Technology White Report (2003) puts the Internet population at the end of fiscal 2003 at about 77.3 million, second after America's Intemet population of 165.75 million.
The figure for Japan as of 1997 was 11.55 million, meaning an increase of about six times in a period of six years, and the number of those logging on is expected to rise to 90 million by 2007.
The main purpose for using the Internet is e-mail, followed by information gathering and Searching.
The number of people interested in shopping listening to music, watching videos, and playing online games has recently started to increase.