iPad hits Japan and cuts to the edge of technology in a nation once proud of innovation

First came “iPod shock,” which knocked Japan’s favorite gadget – the Walkman from Sony, and its line of successors – off its long-held perch at the top of the tech-savvy wish list.

Then came “iPhone shock,” which sent Japan’s cellphone companies — long used to scoffing at the clunky offerings from their overseas peers — scrambling to develop similar smartphones.

On Friday, “iPad shock” hit Japan, threatening to bring upheaval to an ever-widening slew of industries in a nation once proud of being on the cutting edge of technology.

IPad’s Arrival in Tokyo Causes Japanese to Reflect

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