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Topic: Japan

Apple's HomePod lands in Japan on Aug. 23

08/15/2019, 10:08 pm

Apple on Friday announced an immediate start to HomePod preorders in Japan, with shipments of the Siri-powered speaker scheduled to land in the hands of customers on Aug. 23.

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Apple under investigation by Japan's FTC over supply contracts

08/05/2019, 09:08 pm

Japan's Fair Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Apple's dealings with local parts makers, some of which signed contracts with the tech giant that could violate antimonopoly laws.

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Apple teases new store openings in Japan for 2019

07/29/2019, 10:07 pm

Apple this week posted a pair of images to its regional website in Japan teasing what appears to be plans to open two new brick-and-mortar stores in the country later this year.

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Sony's Reon Pocket is an iPhone-controlled personal air conditioner

07/25/2019, 02:07 pm

Sony is crowdfunding a project called the Reon Pocket, a wearable AC/heater unit compatible with both iPhones and Android devices.

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Apple monitoring South Korean suppliers over Japanese trade war

07/18/2019, 09:07 am

Trade wars are continuing to prompt Apple to rethink some of its manufacturing and supply chain options, with the iPhone maker said to be examining the situation of an ongoing tiff between South Korea and Japan, one which could lead to Apple using China's BOE for future iPhone display panels.

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Power outage may have ruined 15 exabytes of WD and Toshiba flash storage

07/01/2019, 10:07 am

The cost of flash memory could rise and impact the cost of production for the Mac Pro and other hardware in the future, as memory producer Western Digital and Toshiba revealed a mid-June power outage temporarily lowered its production capacity, destroying 15 exabytes of storage.

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Japan imposes new trade restrictions on Apple's Korean suppliers

06/30/2019, 10:06 am

Beginning July 4 Japan is imposing new restrictions affecting South Korean tech companies, including key Apple suppliers Samsung and LG, in retaliation for a Korean court ruling finding Nippon Steel must pay for forced Korean labor during World War II.

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Japanese iPhone users will be able to access 'My Number Cards' via NFC this fall

06/11/2019, 11:06 pm

The Japanese government on Wednesday confirmed plans to develop an app capable of reading NFC tags on "My Number Cards," or Individual Number Cards, this fall, streamlining related processes like filing tax returns.

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The Apple Park 'spaceship' uses 692 steel saucers to protect against earthquakes

06/04/2019, 09:06 am

The main ring at Apple Park is one of the few buildings in the entire U.S. to use base isolation against earthquakes -- meaning that it should survive all but the biggest California tremors.

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Japan's Seven-Eleven stores will sell Apple's own iPhone accessories

05/17/2019, 06:05 am

The majority of Japan's 20,925-strong chain of Seven-Eleven convenience stores will stock official Apple iPhone accessories including cables, power adapters and EarPods.

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Struggling Apple supplier Japan Display looks to raise $990M as it moves into OLED

04/01/2019, 10:04 am

An Apple supplier, Japan Display, announced on Monday that it's seeking to raise up to $990 million in new financing as it looks to cope with Apple's switch from LCD iPhones to OLED.

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Apple's iPhone still holds commanding lead in smartphone sales in Japan

02/19/2019, 09:02 am

While Apple's shipments in the Japanese smartphone market dipped 10.5 percent year-over-year in the December quarter, the iPhone still enjoys overwhelming popularity there, according to new research data.

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Apple supplier Japan Display gets $723M bailout amid weakening iPhone sales

02/12/2019, 08:02 am

One of Apple's key suppliers, Japan Display, is getting a bailout of 60 to 80 billion yen -- up to $723 million -- as it copes with soft iPhone demand and competition from Chinese panel makers.

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Japan could expand local privacy rules to cover multinationals like Apple

01/21/2019, 12:01 pm

Japan should consider legal changes so it can enforce domestic privacy rules on foreign tech firms like Apple and Google, according to a government communications panel.

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iPhone saves woman's life after shipwreck near Japan

12/17/2018, 09:12 am

A woman's iPhone was instrumental in summoning rescue, after a chartered boat capsized off the coast of Japan dumping her and her friends in the ocean.

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Apple shares mini documentary on Japan's 'decotora' shot entirely on iPhone XS

11/30/2018, 03:11 pm

Apple on Friday released a new short film in its "Shot on iPhone" marketing campaign, "Lady Misaki," about Japan's decotora -- a tradition of elaborately decorated trucks driving real cargo.

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Apple Business Chat expands to Canada, UK, Japan, several other countries

10/02/2018, 10:10 am

Apple's iMessage-based Business Chat platform is now available in many more countries, having originally launched as a U.S. exclusive earlier this year.

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'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' finally reaches $50M, slowest Nintendo phone game to hit milestone

09/07/2018, 10:09 am

Nintendo's "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp" -- once a highly-anticipated iOS and Android game -- only recently surpassed $50 million in global player spending, making it the slowest of Nintendo's smartphone games to do so.

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Apple's iPhone could be hit by possible debundling of Japanese phone prices

08/21/2018, 11:08 am

The Japanese government is reportedly looking to stop local carriers from bundling the cost of smartphones into monthly service fees, in a change that could deliver a particularly hard blow to Apple.

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Apple probed in Japan for anti-competitive moves against Yahoo game platform

08/15/2018, 04:08 pm

The Japanese government has opened an investigation into whether Apple engaged in anti-competitive behavior when it applied pressure to prevent publishers from working with Yahoo Japan's Games Plus platform.

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