By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

October 2, 2020

PM Suga is planning to pressure the phone companies to reduce phone charges, which are comparatively higher in Japan as compared to those in other countries.

People under forty would be surprised to learn that having a phone really used to cost a lot of money. When I first came to Japan in 1980, I was surprised to learn that I’d need at least 80,000 yen to get a telephone installed. The price for a “phone right” went down to 72,000 yen in 1985 and was dropped down to 36,000 yen in 2005. I was running a business during those years and recall monthly phone bills in the 100,000 – 200,000 yen range.

When you think about that, today’s mobile phone prices are ridiculously low.






English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers