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June 16, 2005

Give Them a Break!

Mobile phone company KDDI is to launch a new e-learning content menu on its EZWeb service this month. The "manabi" (learning) menu, to be introduced on June 20 (though the service will officially open on June 30), will have 38 titles, including a variety of English language learning-related tools. They will be divided into categories mainly focused on test practice and preparation, such as entrance exams for junior and senior high school and university, and the STEP tests (Eiken). Charges will range from ¥50-500 per category. Part of the new service is aimed at the growing number of elementary school students attending juku (cram schools) who have mobile phones, with the expectation that they will cram in a bit more study on their way to and from juku.
KDDI press release (Japanese)
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