Japan’s iPad 2 Launch, lines start

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We told you yesterday that the Apple iPad 2 was launching in more countries around the world after an announcement from Apple. One of the countries Japan has had tough times of late after last month’s terrible events, but with Japan’s iPad 2 launch lines start already.

An article on The Wall Street Journal by Yoree Koh is reporting that after the original launch was delayed because of the problems last month, by the time the Apple Store opened in Tokyo at 9 am on Thursday; the lines were three blocks deep. The device went on sale the same time as the white iPhone 4 but it was the iPad 2 which was drawing all the crowds.

The first person in the line arrived at 8 pm the night before even though the area was experiencing heavy rain. It wasn’t quite as busy as the lines for the original iPad, but was still a respectable size and points to Apple’s strong appeal in the region.

One person in the lines Tomonori Hamajima got up at 5 am to make a two hour journey to central Tokyo to get hold of an iPad 2. He mentioned that rival tablets from other companies including the ones recently announced by Sony didn’t interest him. The new iPad costs from 44,800 yen which is similar to the original iPad.

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