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Old 08-15-2012, 03:11 AM   #16
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This was in the Japan Times this morning:
Despite flaws, Rakuten is 1-0 against Amazon in Japan's e-book wars

By AKKY AKIMOTO
Rakuten, Japan's largest online shopping mall — and a head-to-head rival of Amazon Japan that also hopes to expand its business globally — launched its first e-book reader, the Rakuten Kobo Touch, on July 19, getting the jump on the long anticipated Japanese release of Amazon's Kindle.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nc20120815aa.html

It is mainly a recap of what happened with the KT introduction in Japan to date, concluding with a question as to how soon a Japanese Amazon Kindle will be in Japan? Depends on the publishers' whims.
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:42 PM   #17
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update about shopping ebooks at kobo: It works! I was able via VPN Tunnel to buy eBooks using a Japanese Address with a Swiss Credit Card. You will need a Rakuten Account to buy books btw.
I'm also looking to buy ebooks from Japanese Kobo. Can anyone tell me if there's a separate place to enter the card's billing address or will I have to go with the Japan address as the billing address? I'm asking because I'm thinking I can use hotel address as my Japan address, but my credit card company may decline the charge if the billing address doesn't match what I have on file.
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I'm also looking to buy ebooks from Japanese Kobo. Can anyone tell me if there's a separate place to enter the card's billing address or will I have to go with the Japan address as the billing address? I'm asking because I'm thinking I can use hotel address as my Japan address, but my credit card company may decline the charge if the billing address doesn't match what I have on file.
The easiest way to get around this is to use PayPal. Kobo won't (can't?) verify the registered location of a PayPal account the way it will a credit card.
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My experience buying from different countries using kobo has been that I can use the same credit card, with no changes, but a postal address in the country whose store I am buying from. This works for US and Canada with a Canadian credit card. The issue with Japan may be different.
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Thanks for ideas, guys.

As far as I can see, Rakuten Kobo store doesn't have a Paypal option. The only options are major credit cards and the billing address is restricted to Japan only in both Rakuten user profile and the per-order credit card data entry form. I can only hope that the mismatch between the entered billing address and my address on file with the issuer is not going to trip me up. I wouldn't be surprised if they used an entirely different verification system, because of how insulated their storefront is from the normal Kobo store.
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I was able (with a proxy server) to buy a British book from the UK Kobo store. (I didn't want to wait the six months to buy it here...) They obviously don't check the physical address, since I put down that I lived in the BBC Television Centre.

For payment options, I used a gift card that I bought online. Would doing something like that help you get your Japanese books?
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