Japan Doesn’t Hate The iPhone After All

In what appears to have been an attempt to draw in readers with sensationalist tactics, it has been found that the Wired article from last week claiming that “Japan Hates the iPhone” was incorrect, and the writer, Brian X. Chen, misrepresented the views of his sources, falsely drawing the conclusion that the iPhone is unpopular in the country without having any supporting evidence to back it up.

Apple Insider pointed out earlier today that Chen had asked Nobi Hayashi, a Japanese journalist that has been covering the device in that market, for his thoughts on why the iPhone appeared to be failing in the Japanese marketplace. His actual response: ”To answer your question, I don’t think iPhone is such a big failure in Japan.“

Hayashi explains on his personal blog:

”The perception of iPhone being a failure was created by a newspaper in Japan, Sankei Shimbun,“ Hayashi noted in his original reply to Wired. ”Last fall, it wrote although Softbank tried to sell one million units by the end of 2008, they only sold about 200,000. This article was wrong in two fronts.

“One is that Softbank nor Apple never publicly claimed they would sell 1 million units. Second, their estimate of 200,000 units were also wrong. Although Apple nor Softbank releases the real number of shipment, today, it is strongly believed that they have shipped more than 300,000 and possibly near 400,000 units in Japan.

”Interestingly, despite the negative press, Sankei Shimbun did release one of the most successful iPhone app in Japan after that article in which you can read the full Sankei Shimbun newspaper. Also on January 11th, 2009 they looked back how iPhone did in the first six month and seem to have concluded it wasn’t that bad after all.“

[via Apple Insider]

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