In the latest part of a story that has been cropping up since at least April 2010, The Nikkei reported yesterday that Amazon might launch the Kindle Touch soon in Japan. It might hit the market in the next couple months, with a retail predicted to be around 20 thousand yen ($258 USD).
This rumor is surprising, and not just because the launch of the Japanese Kindle Store was last reported to be delayed until 2013. No, it’s the mention of the Kindle Touch that surprises me. Amazon now has 5 local Kindle Stores (UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain). Amazon launched the 3 most recent ones with the K4, not the Kindle Touch. While they are now selling the Kindle Touch all over the world, it has not been localized for any ebookstore, while the K4 has.
The Nikkei is also claiming that Amazon will launch the Kindle Touch 3G in Japan, not the Wifi model. If true, this would make a truly unique launch. The KT 3G has not been released outside of the US.
I don’t know about you, but the more I look at this the less I believe it. What do you think?