BlackBerry backs out of Japan

Zach Epstein

BlackBerry Sales Japan
BlackBerry Sales Japan

As BlackBerry (BBRY) continues to roll out its next-generation platform around the world, users in Japan hoping to get their hands on a new BlackBerry 10 smartphone are in for some disappointment. Nikkei on Thursday reported that BlackBerry plans to pull out of the Japanese smartphone market because it cannot justify the cost of supporting the Japanese language on its phones. BlackBerry later confirmed the report, saying that Japan is not a major market for the vendor and it currently has no plans to launch any BlackBerry 10 devices there.

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