Apple CEO Cook meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

“Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook is lavishing more attention on Japan,” Yuji Nakamura and Emi Nobuhiro report for Bloomberg.

“A day after visiting Nintendo Co. headquarters in Kyoto, Cook met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Friday,” Nakamura and Nobuhiro report. “The two discussed Apple’s development center in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, which is scheduled to open in December, according to Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. It was Cook’s first trip to Japan since taking the helm at the world’s biggest company by market value five years ago, according to a Facebook post from Japan’s Cabinet.”

“Apple’s devices accounted for 42 percent of Japan’s mobile market in 2015, the company’s fourth year as the country’s leading supplier, according to MM Research Institute Ltd. Within smartphones, its grip was even tighter at 53 percent,” Nakamura and Nobuhiro report. “Apple also held the largest share of tablets in the country last year, accounting for 40 percent of the market, according to the researcher.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, the Japanese are smart people.

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  1. Smart, yes. But one cannot forget that they’re also disinclined to buy anything of Korean origin. Really puts Apple in the cat-bird seat.

    Local competition isn’t what it used to be. What happened to the old Sony that we all, including Steve, used to love? I saw a Sony branded clock-radio in a hotel room a few weeks ago. What genius thought it would be a good idea for Sony to pursue such a low end commodity market? Akio Morita must be rolling in his grave.

    1. The Sony name has diminished greatly to be sure. Someone wasn’t minding the store nor leading it into areas of innovation. Even with pro camera gear when they could have moved ahead they didn’t clinging to old models of small improvements over generations of gear – the bane & frustration of pro users who never forgot (like me). So others came in and scooped them and we gleefully went with the alternatives. I will say though they seem to have gotten the message to some degree with their 4K UHD A7S II & A7R DSLR’s.

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