Amazon Looks East: Launches First Japanese Language Kindle, The Paperwhite; Debuts Japanese Kindle Store; Sells Kindle Fire Tablets

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http://techcrunch.com – Take that, Rakuten! Amazon continues to extend its reach into new markets and increase its focus in Asia: today it announced pre-orders for its first Japanese-language Kindle, the Paperwhite, and, in another first, it has now extended its Kindle Store into Japan, opening with 50,000 titles in the library. It also today made Japan the latest market for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets: it¬†kicked off sales of the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire in the country. The news comes as Amazon’s local rival, Rakuten, continues to press ahead with its ambition to match and beat Amazon at its own g (IT news)