Apple has announced they will delay the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan in light of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit the island last week, devastating large parts of the country.

"We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.

Apple had originally planned to include Japan in the iPad 2 international rollout on March 25th and have yet to announce a rescheduled Japanese launch. This comes after i shared an email from a friend in Japan detailing some of the relief efforts Apple retail stores were taking up in the area.

As a quick reminder, Apple has setup an easy process for donating money through iTunes to help with relief efforts in Japan. We urge you to donate if you're able to, even as little as $5 can go a long way.