Don't let the statistics mislead you. The Apple iPhone only recently made it into Japan's top 5 cellphones. Traditionally, the country has favored featurephones. Even though the number of smartphone users in Japan grew at a blistering 33.5% rate over the last quarter of 2010, that brought the number of Japanese smartphone users up to only 6.9% which means that there is plenty of room for both platforms to make some ground in 2011.
With Apple in 5th place in Japan, the top cellphone manufacturer is Sharp with an 18.8% share of the market. Panasonic (16.6%) is second and third is Fujitsu with a 15.1% slice of the pie. Kyocera is fourth with 12.7%, followed by Apple and its 12.2% share.
source: comScore via electronista
Despite a surge in Android users in Japan during the second half of 2010, the Apple iPhone has about 1.59 million more users than Android as of the end of last year