I read an interesting item on SoraNews24 about older Tokyo residents and smart phones.
In Shibuya Ward in Tokyo, the local government wants elderly residents to upgrade their flip phones to smart phones and is going to pay for the upgrade! The Shibuya government has a plan to provide 3,000 smartphones to senior citizens living in the ward by September.
The local authorities found that senior citizens without smart phones had a hard time getting evacuation and shelter warnings during typhoons and disasters, including the current pandemic. If seniors could take care of things online with a smart phone, it would also cut down on standing in lines and being in contact with other people.
The government will be covering all calling and date plan costs, but seniors receiving the new phones will be responsible for costs relating to mobile game purchases or adult video site memberships.