Japan: Wearables not to be found

Judging by first impressions, smart wristbands haven’t caught on at all in Japan. Scouring a six-floor electronics store in downtown Tokyo today finally led to a lame collection of Fitbit One and Zips, and a “take to the checkout” card for a Jawbone UP.

The store had actually devoted more space to Hello Kitty-styled power chargers for smartphones than to smart wristbands.

Hello Kitty wall chargers galore ...

Hello Kitty wall chargers galore …

But only a very poor selection of wearables

But only a very poor selection of wearables

The fact that wearables apparently aren’t big in Japan is a surprise for a nation obsessed with gadgets. Only in Japan can you buy a little cartoon character motif to fit into the earphone socket of your smartphone.

The search will continue later this week with a trip to the electronics nirvana of Akihabara. If wearables are anywhere to be found in Japan, this is where they’ll be.

The pricing was competitive, though – with the Fitbit One retailing at ¥9505, or around US $93, about six percent cheaper than US retail prices.

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/WTW

4 Responses to Japan: Wearables not to be found

  1. Julia says:

    It is so hard to imagine a lack of wearables availability there. I look up to Japan for their food, culture, AND their technological prowess! Keep us posted on Akihabara…

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