Apple starts hiring for ninth Japanese store, based in Kyoto

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Apple is preparing to launch a new store in Kyoto, Japan, newly-published job listings reveal — just its ninth in the entire country, despite a years-long presence there.

The company is currently recruiting management, clerks, and behind-the-scene workers, Macotakara noted. Kyoto is smaller than some other Japanese cities, but is also the country's former capital and has many tourist attractions, such as shrines, temples, and Imperial structures.

Apple's Japanese retail presence is largely centered in Tokyo, where there are three full stores and a special Apple Watch outlet. Remaining outlets are scattered between Aichi, Fukuoka, Miyagi and Osaka.

It's not yet clear where in Kyoto the new shop will be built, or when it might open. Apple typically prefers to build in luxury shopping districts however, and time its openings to fall iPhone launches or at least holiday shopping. New iPhones could ship as soon as September, though the "iPhone 8" may arrive as late as October.

Apple is rapidly approaching the 500-store mark. Indeed Kyoto may be in a position to become the 500th, depending on how fast other locations come to fruition.