As part of the company's continued international expansion efforts, Amazon is now announcing that its Appstore is available in Japanese markets. Not a moment too soon, either, as in a couple of weeks, the Kindle Fire HD family will start selling in Japan (December 16th). Without an app market, it would be an even harder sell than a not-quite-Android tablet is now.


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The Appstore will be bringing paid apps (good news, developers!) as well as Amazon's typical Free App of the Day promotion. One-click payments and access to Amazon Web Services also round out the list of features available to developers. All-in-all, it's only good news that the company is expanding to more markets.

Source: Amazon

Amazon Appstore Continues Global Expansion, Now Available in Japan

Amazon’s Japanese Appstore is the latest in a series of additions that make Amazon the most complete end-to-end platform for developers looking to build, market and monetize their apps and games

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 28, 2012-- (NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the launch of the Amazon Appstore in Japan, giving Japanese customers access to a broad selection of quality Android apps, plus the security and convenience of shopping for these apps from Amazon. Customers can get the Amazon Appstore for their Android phones and tablets by visitinghttp://www.amazon.co.jp/apps.

Amazon’s Appstore offers a great selection of games and apps, including local favorites like “Mushroom Garden” and “Yahoo! Headline,” and established bestsellers like “Fruit Ninja” and “Cut the Rope,” along with apps from top-tier brands like Square Enix andNTT Docomo. In addition to localized content and a localized mobile store, customers will have access to popular Amazon Appstore features like the Free App of the Day, which offers a paid app for free every day. Apps and games purchased from Amazon can be used across customers’ Android devices as well as Kindle Fire tablets, enabling them to buy an app or game once and enjoy it everywhere. Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD for Japan are available for pre-order now at Amazon.co.jp.

The Amazon Appstore also includes popular Amazon features like personalized recommendations, Customer Reviews and 1-Click payments, making it easy for Amazon customers to shop, discover and buy the right apps to meet their needs. In order to ensure that customers have the best possible experience with the apps they purchase, apps are Amazon-tested and backed by Amazon’s world-class customer support.

“The Amazon Appstore connects app and game developers across the globe with Amazon’s enormous customer base, and we’re excited to expand that audience to our millions of customers in Japan,” said Jim Adkins, Vice President of the Amazon Appstore. “Now our customers in Japan can find all of the apps and games they’re looking for and can take advantage of popular programs like Free App of the Day.”

Amazon continues to roll out services and features that make it the most complete end-to-end solution for developers wanting to build, market and monetize their apps and games. Developers can build their apps and games using Amazon Web Service’s industry-leading infrastructure platform. Developers can use Amazon’s GameCircle services to improve audience engagement with features like Leaderboards, Achievements, Friends and Whispersync which syncs game state between Kindle devices. To gain exposure to tens of millions of customers, developers can list their apps in the Amazon Appstore and take advantage of unique merchandising placement and awareness-building programs like Free App of the Day and personalized recommendations. And, to monetize their apps and games, developers can use Amazon’s industry-leading e-commerce and payment capabilities like In-App Purchasing and Subscriptions.

“When we found out that the world’s largest online retailer was creating an appstore, we made sure to get our top app, ‘Drawing Pad,’ submitted for the launch,” said Darren Murtha of Murtha Design Inc. “Amazon does a wonderful job featuring apps, and during a recent promotion, ‘Drawing Pad’ climbed to #11 in the top app rankings. We are thrilled with our success in reaching new customers and driving recurring usage of our apps. ‘Drawing Pad’ is localized for over twenty languages – including Japanese – and we are really looking forward to Amazon’s expansion into new countries.”

“TuneIn has a vision of bringing all the world’s audio to people everywhere, and our mobile apps are an integral aspect of bringing that vision to life,” said Ryan Polivka, Director of Marketing, TuneIn. “Amazon makes it easy for consumers to discover new content on their Kindle Fire HD or Android device through personalized recommendations, customer reviews and their Free App of the Day program. We are excited to introduce millions of music, sports and news listening options to Amazon’s Japanese customers, and happy to announce that we will be offering our ‘TuneIn Radio Pro’ app for free in Japan next month.”

“Amazon provides a wealth of tools and services that have helped us grow our business,” said Adam Schroeder, CEO, Difference Games LLC. “The Free App of the Day promotion has been a great way for us to expose our unique content to a wide audience of engaged digital media-savvy consumers. We are excited to grow with Amazon as they expand into Japan and other geographies.”

“Amazon’s mobile app distribution has been a great way for SoundHound to expand our broad international reach,” said Amir Arbabi, Vice President Business Development of SoundHound, Inc. “Amazon’s customers are passionate about digital media and Amazon provides a variety of ways to ensure they discover the apps that are right for them. We look forward to bringing the world’s fastest, most accurate and delightful music discovery service to their Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Android customers in Japan.”

“SEGA Networks aims to offer an emotional experience to gamers through our smartphone and tablet games. With the introduction of the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Amazon Appstore to Japan, we are looking forward to sharing these emotional experiences through our apps to as many people as possible,” said SEGA Networks Representative CEO Haruki Satomi.

“Adaptations of our popular toy properties into smartphone and tablet apps offers our customers a whole new way to play. That’s why we are thrilled to be teaming up with Amazon. It creates an exciting opportunity to expand our reach to potential new customers,” saidKantaro Tomiyama, President and CEO of TOMY Company, Ltd.

“I am delighted with the strong relationship that we’ve cultivated with Amazon, in both Mobile App Distribution and AWS. Amazon boasts some of the highest customer lifetime values we’ve seen on any platform, and a suite of end-to-end developer solutions that impact bottom line results. The flexible and cost-effective AWS Infrastructure platform allows us to scale up and down as needed while only paying for the resources used. In addition, their recommendation features in the Amazon Appstore really benefit customer experience and discovery,” said Suli Ali, CEO of TinyCo, maker of Tiny Monsters, and Tiny Village. “We think the services offered through the Amazonplatform have contributed to much of the success, so we are very excited to expand our offerings to Amazon’s customers in Japan.”

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • okungnyo

    Thanks but no thanks. In my eyes, Amazon is as bad as those Chinese companies that ride off Google's hard work, don't give credit and contribute nothing in return. I mean, am I the only one who thought that Mr. Bezos was unbelievably arrogant during the Kindle keynote a few months back? To hear the man say it, you'd believe that Amazon was the one that runs Android and built an app platform! (You know, instead of Google.)

    In a way though, I kind of feel bad for them. Right now, in the tech community, people are either in the Android/Google camp, or in the Apple camp (with a few denialists in the Microsoft camp). Amazon, by forking Android, has alienated Android fans, and by insulting the iPad Mini with its huge homepage banner, has antagonized the Apple fans. You get what you give, I guess.

    • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

      Look, I love Android, and I like my Nexus 7 more than any Kindle Fire Amazon can come up with, but there's NOTHING, absolutely wrong with what Amazon is doing. Google made a decision to make Android open source. Google also made a decision that if you are not part of the OHA, you have no obligation to do anything for the platform -- you just have to be on your own. If Google's executives now have the same feeling as you do now, they are simply too naive -- in this world, if you give out something for free and don't ask for anything back, then don't expect anyone will give you back a dime. Sometimes you may get lucky and receive something back, but a lot of times, you won't.

      The fact is, just because a company makes an Android device won't magically turn your product into a mega hit. There's a reason why Samsung sells so many Android phones, but HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony etc are all doing poorly, and that reason is, guess what, NOT Android. Amazon's situation is the same. The Kindle Fire is doing well, not because it's an Android tablet -- it's because Amazon found the perfect formula to break Apple's tablet kingdom. To a certain degree, Amazon did contribute something back to Google -- it wakes Google up and gives it an idea how to compete in the tablet marketplace.

  • http://twitter.com/wststreet Hipster Vegeta

    I believe you wrote the title wrong, "konnichi" shouldn't be written in kanji but in hiragana. As it is now it can be read as "kyou" which means today. Hiragana should be used for greetings.

  • Cheeseball

    "Today"? O_o

    • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

      Konichiwa - it's the shortened form of "Today is a good day". Japanese use a lot of shortened expressions

      • Cheeseball

        Correct, but I read it as straight Kanji first.

  • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

    Title should be こんにちは。

    • vettedude95

      Either way I don't know what it says, and ill still need Google translate