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.

電話加入権

菅首相は電話会社に圧力をかけて料金を下げさせる方針だ。確かに日本の料金は他国よりも比較的に高い。

40歳以下の方は昔の値段が知らないので今のデータやスマホ料金は高いと思っている。1980年来日時に電話を設置するには8万円が必要だと分かった際、驚いた!電話加入権の値段が1985年に72,000に下がったが、まだ高かった。その時代には会社の決算書にも『資産』として記入出来た。2005年にはそれが36,000円に値下がったが、まだそれでも高かった。私はその時代に会社を営んでいたで、月の10万~20万の電話代の覚えもある。

それらを考えると、現在の携帯電話購入や料金はとても安い!

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

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

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