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Japanese mobile carriers postpone sales of new Huawei smartphones

  • May 23, 2019
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Wednesday evening’s Yomiuri led with a report saying that KDDI and SoftBank, Japan’s two major mobile carriers, said on Wednesday that they will put off sales of Huawei’s new smartphone models for their mobile services that were initially scheduled to begin later this month. The paper wrote that NTT Docomo, another major mobile carrier, is also planning to stop taking orders for the new Huawei smartphone models, originally scheduled for the summer. KDDI and SoftBank said that they made the decision because it remains unclear whether Google will continue providing its services, including the Android operating system, to Huawei following the Commerce Department’s announcement last week that it will prohibit U.S. firms from doing business with the Chinese tech giant. The daily wrote that the trade friction between the U.S. and China has begun to impact Japanese consumers.

 

Other national dailies ran similar stories, spotlighting Panasonic’s decision to suspend some business transactions with Huawei. Asahi noted that amid escalating Sino-U.S. trade tensions, some Japanese companies have begun relocating their factories from China to elsewhere in Asia. The paper explained that tit-for-tat sanctions between the world’s two largest economies have made it difficult for Japanese companies to maintain their supply chains centered on manufacturing platforms on the Chinese mainland, projecting that the fourth round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports, if enforced as planned, would prompt more Japanese firms to “depart from China.” Sankei wrote that the U.S. sanctions have apparently undercut Huawei’s growing presence in the IT sector.

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