Japanese mobile network operator (MNO) KDDI (au) has announced that from 13 September 2019 it will begin offering a new two-year service plan that slashes penalty charges for early termination to JPY1,000 (USD9.45), The Jiji Press writes. The cellco’s new plan is designed to comply with new rules put out by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). In June this year, the ministry ordered the country’s MNOs to slash contract cancellation fees from the current figure of JPY9,500 to JPY1,000 or less, to make it easier for customers to switch service provider. The new rules on pricing – which required an amendment to the Telecommunications Business Law to separate communications fees and handset prices – take effect on 1 October 2019. For many years, Japanese carriers KDDI, NTT DOCOMO and SoftBank Corp have discounted mobile device purchases in exchange for relatively high data usage fees, which critics argued made it harder for consumers to compare fees charged by operators.