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Mayumi Negishi for the WSJ:

DoCoMo abandoned its policy to protect all its suppliers equally from competition from global smartphone heavyweights.

It all started crumbling down in 2008 for Japanese phone manufacturers . Since then, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, NEC, Panasonic have abandoned the game. Nokia’s Japanese efforts stopped that same year. Kyocera lingers. Fujitsu keeps going niche. Toshiba wants a new youth.¬†Sharp, once so strong, is probably a bit too comfortable in the arms of DoCoMo not to be anxious of the forthcoming iPhone on the same network.

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