Rakuten Global announces their Kobo Touch tablet will debut in Japan on July 19th reports strong pre-sale orders: http://bit.ly/SgCLwQ
The Kobo Touch eReader is currently available for pre-order at http://kobo.rakuten.co.jp/ for ¥7980 including tax (or $100 USD), and Rakuten’s nearly 80,000,000 members are also eligible for additional Rakuten Super Point rebates of between ¥500-3000 (or $7-35) . The Kobo Touch uses the industry standard EPUB 3.0 format which supports Japanese language layout including vertical text and ruby characters. On July 19, Kobo will launch its fully localized Japanese experience with local currency and popular Japanese content and authors. Rakuten customers can use their Rakuten-member ID to purchase content from the site and will earn Rakuten Super Points equivalent to 1 percent of the purchase amount. Rakuten Super Points can be used to purchase eBooks or redeemed across the Rakuten Ecosystem, including Rakuten’s online shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba.