Hey, do you live in Japan? No? Well that's alright, because you'll still probably be happy to know that Google's first Nexus tablet is expanding its worldwide footprint, and this time it's headed to the land of the rising sun. This also seems to be confirmed on the Japanese Nexus splash page, which lists a price of 19,800 Japanese Yen for the 16GB model.



Japan joins the seven other countries the Nexus 7 is currently sold in - the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Spain. Google has slowly expanded the Nexus 7's international availability over the months since its release, and this is mostly because the business strategy behind the device has been to sell content - not hardware.

Many countries still have little or no support for Google's Play Movies, Music, and Books storefronts, meaning the company is unable to extract much in the way of post-purchase revenue from users. Or as Google might put it, the Nexus 7 would ship with an incomplete "Google experience," and considering how much emphasis has been put on Play since its rebranding from the Android Market, it only makes sense that Google is holding up Nexus 7 availability while content agreements are hammered out.

So, if you're in Japan, you should probably buy one of these things. I know I've thoroughly enjoyed mine.

Google Play Support, Google Japan

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


    • Paulus Net

      The greatest part is that the Google Play Device and Book services are also now available :)
      We need Music and the Google experience is complete - the Magazine services can wait!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      So 18 hours later, I'm still wondering if the above made any sense to Japanese speakers.

      • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

        "Congratulations, invasion of Godzilla scary people in an odd way."
        (Google Translate)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I want someone who speaks Japanese to see if it makes sense though - I already tried Google Translate and it was not so good.

          • http://twitter.com/DigiWiz97 Angelo Ten

            I'm working on it....
            What shops are selling this: Nojima? Yamada Denki?

          • http://twitter.com/DigiWiz97 Angelo Ten

            Was told by a JN (Japanese National) it made no sense. Sorry.

  • ThorsWrath

    The screenshot shows 19800 yen for 16gb version

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I promise I can read. Sometimes I just forget how.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing


  • http://twitter.com/taka_azuma Takahiro Azuma


  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    A little correction: Although Germany and Austria are speaking (more or less) the same language, they're not the same country. The Nexus 7 was released in Austria about a week after the German release :)

    • S7EWIE

      I keep reading these news articles/blog posts about the Nexus 7 being available in Austria.. Where? Certainly not in the Google store... I double/triple/quadruple -checked. Did they release it on the black market?

      • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

        They are available - at least in Vienna - at various Media Markt and Saturns if they are not sold out. A few friends got them there, so they have to exist.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Doesn't look like David mentioned Austria - he did mention Australia though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngweixuan Weixuan Ng

    Malaysia has also started selling the Nexus 7 since 21st September. Albeit at a higher price of RM999 (approx. USD 325).


    Taiwan has also started selling the Nexus 7 since 12th September at NTD 8990 (approx USD 306).


    Google Play in these 2 countries have only apps and not books, movies nor musics.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ngweixuan Weixuan Ng

      these are sold by Asus and not Google though.

      • tookieboy

        yeah. it only counts if google releases it in their play store

    • Himmat Singh

      Yeap, sadly these are sold by Asus, who are more intent on making a large profit. Doesn't seem like Google will handle the Nexus devices here as their other Play store services are not due anytime soon.

  • Matti

    Nexus 7 probably makes an awesome manga reader as well.

  • dedalmapeti

    great news if you live in japan, but what about most of europe?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Not as great.

      • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

        Not great at all. And the price... in Japan 196 euro vs. 250 (or above) in Europe.

  • Hager Berhane

    Does anyone know what the Transformer Prime Infinity TF700 costs in Japan?

    • Paulus Net

      Not yet released here.

  • JH

    And when will we see it in Denmark?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1746542382 Roman Ševčík

    In Slovakia this Friday! :))

  • http://twitter.com/DigiWiz97 Angelo Ten

    TO: Someone living in Japan: What shops are selling this? Nojima? Yamada Denki? On Line shops?
    Thank you