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Apple drops price of iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, and more by 10% in Japan

Apple has dropped the price of its more recent iPhone models by about 10% in Japan.

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Apple's research and development facility in Japan reportedly delayed until March 2017

A new report claims that Apple's upcoming research and development facility in Yokohama, Japan has been delayed. The building, which was scheduled to open in late 2016, will now reportedly open in March 2017.

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Apple Store in Ginza, Tokyo calls off talk after bomb scare

The Apple Store in Ginza, Tokyo, called off an event on Sunday after receiving a bomb threat. The store also suspended operations for an hour, during which police found no dangerous or suspicious objects.

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Apple and IBM will help Japan Post check in on elderly customers with iPads

Mail and package delivery service Japan Post will electronically expand a program to check in on the elderly with the help of iPads.

Japan Post will utilize iPads and with specialized software with their check-in service as part of the Japanese expansion of Apple and IBM's MobileFirst partnership.

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Apple to build a new research and development facility in Yokohama, Japan

Apple is building a new research and development center in Japan. The facility will apparently be located in the city of Yokohama.

We first heard that Apple would be building a new R&D facility in Japan back in December.

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Apple and IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps now localized for Japan

IBM Japan, in partnership is Apple, has announced the localization of MobileFirst for iOS apps for the Japanese market.

The Apple + IBM partnership was created to bring world-class app design and development to enterprise, and make iPhone and iPad deployment as deep as it was wide. A large part of that is going to be international, and it's beginning with seven apps localized for Japan: Advise & Grow (Banking and Financial Markets), Trusted Advice (Banking and Financial Markets), Retention (Insurance), Case Advice (Government), Sales Assist (Retail), Pick & Pack (Retail) and Expert Tech (Telecommunications).

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Apple said to be preparing new R&D facility in Japan

Apple is reportedly preparing to build a new research and development facility in Japan. The new facility will apparently be on par with the larger R&D operations in other parts of Asia, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo told a crowd at an election rally, according to Reuters:

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iPhone growth strong in Japan, boasting 69% market share

Apple's Q1 2014 earnings are out, and an early highlight on the conference call was talk of how well iPhone has been doing in Japan. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer cited the new partnership with NTT Docomo, along with continuing strong relationships with KDDI and Softbank for the strong growth iPhone showed in the country.

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Apple Japan hosting the "Lucky Bag" New Year sale on January 2

Apple has confirmed on its Japanese website that the now annual "Lucky Bag" New Year sale will return for 2014 on January 2. For one day only, Apple will be hosting discounts on products for Japanese customers, but the highlight is the 36,000 Yen Lucky Bag, which will be available again in limited quantities.

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iPhone said to be coming to NTT DoCoMo this fall

NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile carrier, will reportedly carry the iPhone starting this fall. While talks between Apple and NTT DoCoMo have been reported for awhile, it now seems that the deal is done. NTT DoCoMo has struggled against rivals that do carry the iPhone, according to Nikkei:

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