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April 29, 2005

Keitai culture

Features that are experimental in North American cell phones are mainstream in Japan. It is not just the specific gadgetry that is important, however, so much as its ubiquitousness (via the Neighbour of a Flea).

"Cell phones have created extensions of personal space in Japan," said Yuichi Kogure, who teaches a class on keitai culture at Tokyo's Toita Women's College. "You take your world with you when you have your keitai in your hand. In the keitai world, people forget where they are, and women [with cell phones], for instance, can be seen putting on makeup or brushing their hair in the subway, something considered highly rude in Japan in the past. But now, people are walled inside their own little world with their keitai and aren't even aware of what they're doing in public."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 29, 2005 06:21 AM

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I wonder if the claims about health effects of cell phones get any attention in Japan?

By the way, another Japanese cellphone option the article doesn't mention: business card scanner!

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 29, 2005 02:32 PM

Business card scanner... sweet!

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 29, 2005 06:12 PM