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I would think the Apple store in Japan will carry it. You might want to do a google search for a japanese mac forum, they can probably be more help in all things relating to mac's and japan.
 

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Japan and Korea use only CDMA 2000 and they're the only ones in the world to use it. It's unclear whether Apple will even engineer a CDMA 1900 version for use with North American CDMA providers like Telus, Bell, Verizon, etc. let alone a CDMA 2000 if they think there's a large enough market there. Most Japanese people prefer their feature packed flip phones -- smart phones have not taken off there.
 

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Actually the chance the iphone will be offer in Japan is very little. The iphone is a gsm with edge phone which is a 2.75G(second and 3/4 generation mobile communication) mobile phone. Most of japan is using 3G (third generation mobile communication such as UMTS) and most of the mobile phone company is already building 3.5G and 3.75G (HSDPA). Also, when the world was using GSM, japan and korea never adopted this wireless standard. So they don't have any GSM network in Japan.

And why in the world if you live in Japan and want to use iphone. There are so much better alternative. You have phone that have better camera and lcd screen from Sharp and Toshiba. You could get a sony ericsson phone with 3 inch Sony Bravia tech lcd.
 

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Japan and Korea use only CDMA 2000 and they're the only ones in the world to use it. It's unclear whether Apple will even engineer a CDMA 1900 version for use with North American CDMA providers like Telus, Bell, Verizon, etc. let alone a CDMA 2000 if they think there's a large enough market there. Most Japanese people prefer their feature packed flip phones -- smart phones have not taken off there.

CDMA 2000 is not the frequency it works at. By definition CDMA 2000 is the 2.5G version of CDMA (WCDMA is the 3G version) There are 4 phases and mostly have to do with data rate speeds and # of users that can use a single tower before quality starts to degrade. First phase is 1xRTT data which pretty much all providers are replacing now. Then there is 1xEVDO data which most providers have now. 3rd there is 1xEVDV and 4th phase increases the data rates yet again. Theoretically EVDV should give your broaband (dsl/cable data speeds).

It is a bit confusing because when providers mention CDMA 1900 they imply they use the 1900Mhz frequency.
 

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whatever it is, CDMA 1900 and CDMA 2000 is not compatible.

Mind you, a carrier in Korea is very very interested in working with Apple to bring out an iPhone compatible with their networks soon and that'll certainly also open the gate to Japan.
 

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In Japan CDMA runs at 800mhz, UMTS runs at 2000mhz and the "unique" PHS and PDS systems runs at 1900mhz and 1500mhz,

CDMA2000 is not unique to Japan and Korea and is more common here than it is there. It is just usually called "1X" or "3G By Qualcomm"

In North America CDMA and GSM run at 800mhz and 1900mhz. CDMA will also soon be running at 1700mhz in the USA. 850mhz GSM is a misnomer.

Elsewhere CDMA runs at 450mhz but only in the extreme fringes of civilization.
 
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