Apple to open second Japanese retail store this month

Apple Computer will open its second Japanese retail store later this month in the western Japanese city of Osaka, it said Thursday.

The new store will be situated in the Shinsaibashi area of the city and will open on August 28 at 10 a.m, the company said in a statement. The Apple Store Shinsaibashi is located near the major Daimaru department store and on the edge of the trendy American-mura district.

Osaka is Japan's second city and the largest in western Japan. It had a population of 2.6 million as of January this year and is situated near to Kyoto and Kobe, which each had a population of 1.5 million as of January this year, according to figures from Japan's Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications.

Apple opened its first international retail store in late 2003 in the Ginza district of Tokyo. Japan is one of Apple's largest overseas markets.

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