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Japan banning prepaid cellphones

Peter Rojas
10.25.04
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Cellphone ban poster from Japanese subway

Basically totally screwing up our plans to prank phone call Takeshi Kaga next time we were over there, but Japan is supposedly getting all set to outlaw prepaid cellphones because apparently too many criminals were using anonymous phones for nefarious purpose (only about 3.2% of users there take the pay-as-you go route, though that's still gotta be a huge number of people given the cellphone penetration rate). We smell an overreaction, but it looks like the Yakuza and such  will have to go back to doing things the old fashioned way.

[Via textually.org]