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Tell Me Again Why the iPhone Will Never Do Well in Japan?

And people said the iPhone would never be big in Japan

According to a new survey from the MM Research Institute, Apple’s iconic handset has captured 72.2 percent of the Japanese smartphone market. Of the 2.3 million smartphones sold in Japan during the 12-month period ending March 31, 1.69 million were Apple (AAPL) iPhones.

Astonishing, though really, we should have seen this coming after SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son’s enthusiastic remarks about the device earlier this year.

“When we launched the iPhone [in the summer of 2008], some people said those phones were not suited for Japanese cellphone users,” he said during a February earnings call. “Those [skeptics] have been proven completely wrong….The iPhone is selling so well that we are really feeling the boost from it….[It was] the biggest contributor to third-quarter handset sales.”

Yeah, the Japanese sure do hate the iPhone

[Image credits: iPhonAsia, MM Research Institute]