Mobile Phones Made For Comics In Japan

Deborah Amos has today's Last Word in business.

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For our last word in business, we go to another mecca for comic fans and that's Japan. The word is mobile animation. With e-mail, music downloads and Internet surfing already standard fare for Japan's 100 million or so mobile phone users, analysts say comics will be the next big thing. Comic downloads are already a $200 million market in Japan. And the company's top mobile phone carriers are coming out with handsets that are better for animated content. Some screens are now more than three inches across. Other analysts say touch-screen mobile phones, like the iPhone, will also boost the market, because the new technology makes you feel like you're turning the page.

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