The final figures published by CIAJ for the Japanese telecom sector in the last full fiscal year (April 2007 through March 2008) show Wireless network equipment posted sales of 236.8 million yen, a positive growth of 11.3% over the previous year. However, mobile terminal equipment earned 1.662 trillion yen down 4.2% YoY, of which cellular phones accounted for 1.546 trillion yen or negative growth of 5.3% over the previous year. Full details Here.
Meanwhile, as previously noted, CIAJ established the “Environmental Assessment Guideline for Cellular and PHS Equipment,” which outlines measures to reduce, re-use, and recycle. The CIAJ guideline aims to promote such activities, and encourage product assessment by manufacturers based on the guidelines.
As part of this endeavor, TCA and mobile operators providing cellular phone and PHS services created the “Mobile Recycling Network,” which voluntarily collects used cellular and PHS terminals, battery chargers, and the batteries at approximately 10,400 retail outlets throughout Japan (as of March 31, 2008) regardless of carrier or manufacturer. Full details Here.