KDDI Corp. said Friday it saw a three-fold jump in the net inflow of customers under the mobile number portability system in September from the previous month on the back of the launch of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5 smartphone.
The second-largest mobile phone carrier logged a net subscription growth of 95,300 customers under the MNP system, which allows users to switch carriers while retaining their phone numbers, beating other carriers for the 12th straight month.
The net inflow to SoftBank Mobile Corp., which also offers the iPhone, was only 1,200, the mobile carrier said the same day.
KDDI and SoftBank both launched the new Apple smartphone Sept. 21.
KDDI's big net subscription gain was apparently because its services for the iPhone are more attractive than SoftBank's.
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today )