A coalition of Japanese mobile operators including NTT DoCoMo, Softbank and KDDI is asking New Year's revelers to delay sending congratulatory texts as the clock strikes midnight in an effort to limit potentially severe network congestion. The Japanese Telecommunications Carriers Association, which represents carriers in a nation with about as many mobile contracts as people, says it expects the annual surge in "Happy New Year!" messages to last more than two hours into 2013.

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