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  • Flip-phones make a comeback in Japan
  • Flip-phones make a comeback in Japan
    Nico Nieuwstraten (2008) ©

Flip-phones make a comeback in Japan

Japan is known to be a technology leader. But sales of ultramodern smartphones have taken a dive, as the classic flip-phone makes a comeback. Sales of 'garakei' – a simple mobile phone which was popular before the iPhone – are on the up for the first time in seven years. 



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  • Article image What it really means to grow old in Japan

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