I'm really not so sure on the cellphone point. I have a Softbank 707SC, which is now getting kind of old. Feature-wise, it's about even with most of the normal phones available here now (Australia), but costs less, looks better, and is considerably thinner. My brother just got a Docomo P905i and I can't see anything locally (or on gsmarena) that can match it (well... assuming all the features actually worked here), especially at that price point. I don't think I'll buy a phone from a Japanese carrier again, but I think they're still a decent way ahead of the curve.