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Mobile gaming industry on the rise in Japan

New report says market has doubled in recent years

A new report by Japanese business site Tech On has revealed that Japan's mobile industry is booming - and that mobile gaming is on the rise, too.

According to the report, partially translated by GameSpot, figures released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Communication state that the mobile industry has grown to 722.4 billion Yen (4.9 billion Euro) over the past 12 months - a rise of 39 per cent.

The increase was boosted by mobile content sales, which rose by 21 per cent to reach 315 billion Yen (2.1 billion Euro). Sales of ringtones accounted for 161 billion Yen (1.09 billion Euro).

Japan's mobile gaming industry is also on the rise, although growth has been somewhat less dramatic. The business has more than doubled over the past few years to reach a value of 58.9 billion Yen (4 million Euro).

The industry is set to experience a further boost as new titles are rolled out by companies such as Square-Enix, which recently announced the forthcoming launch of three new Final Fantasy titles for the mobile platform.

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