Jul 2, 2014

Apple releases iPad with no SIM lock in Japan

The Japanese unit of Apple Inc. has released iPad tablet computers free of subscriber identity module locks to allow users to choose their own mobile carriers. Users of the lock-free iPad, available at Apple stores and online, are able to use their devices overseas ...

May 28, 2014

Docomo set to begin selling iPad next month

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT Docomo Inc. said Wednesday it will start selling Apple’s popular iPad starting in June. Docomo, which has the largest share of subscriptions in the domestic market, is the last major carrier to become an iPad provider in Japan, as KDDI Corp. and SoftBank ...

Abe stirs gadget-use debate in Diet

Apr 3, 2014

Abe stirs gadget-use debate in Diet

by Kazuaki Nagata

Using iPads and other digital devices during Diet sessions is banned under current rules as well as custom, but this may change after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the devices may invigorate deliberations. Abe made the remark at an Upper House audit committee meeting ...

NTT Docomo to start selling the iPad

Nov 20, 2013

NTT Docomo to start selling the iPad

NTT Docomo Inc. will start selling Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer soon, a senior official at the mobile phone carrier said Wednesday. The company will offer the product “in the not-too-distant future,” Senior Executive Vice President Kazuto Tsubouchi said. It will do so by ...

Google adds Japan to new Nexus 7 tablet launch

Aug 26, 2013

Google adds Japan to new Nexus 7 tablet launch

U.S. Internet search giant Google Inc. said Monday it will launch the latest version of its tablet computer, the Nexus 7, in Japan on Wednesday with a lighter body and high-definition screen to counter Apple Inc.’s popular iPad and other products. Running on the ...

Sign-language service via iPads tested by JR East

Jun 19, 2013

Sign-language service via iPads tested by JR East

East Japan Railway Co. began testing a sign-language interpretation service in Tokyo on Monday using a videophone application on an Apple iPad tablet for the hearing-impaired. The application allows passengers at information booths to use sign language and ask questions to a call-center operator ...

Apple raises product prices amid weakening yen

Jun 1, 2013

Apple raises product prices amid weakening yen

Apple Inc. has raised the prices of its iPad tablet computers and iPod music players here after a weaker yen boosted import costs. Finding itself in the same situation, Toshiba Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. are considering following suit. Apple now sells the iPad Wi-Fi ...

Dec 1, 2012

KDDI, Softbank release iPad mini cellular model

KDDI Corp. and Softbank Mobile Corp. began selling Apple Inc.’s iPad mini Friday with cellular connectivity compatible with high-speed data communications using the LTE network service. KDDI, provider of au mobile communications services, is adding the tablet computer to its lineup in addition to ...