Appstore the latest Amazon marketplace to hit Japan

The Appstore's opening in Japan follows the company's launch of its Kindle Store there and the release of its Paperwhite e-reader.

Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Amazon's Appstore is now available in Japan.

Amazon announced the news today, saying that the application marketplace includes both popular worldwide apps, such as "Fruit Ninja" and "Cut the Rope," as well as Japanese favorites like "Mushroom Garden."

The e-retailer has been making a significant push for the Japanese market as of late. Last month, Amazon launched its Kindle Store in Japan , allowing customers to buy its e-books. A few weeks later, Amazon launched its backlit Paperwhite e-reader in the country.

The Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are currently available for preorder in Japan.

The Amazon Appstore in Japan will come with much of the functionality and features that customers have come to expect in the U.S., including a "Free App of the Day" and personalized recommendations.

Amazon is one of the few companies to have a major, successful application marketplace. Aside from Amazon's store, arguably the only hugely successful application marketplace in the Android space is Google's Play store. In iOS, Apple's App Store reigns supreme.

The Appstore's launch in Japan is part of a broader expansion on Amazon's part. Back in August, the company expanded to five European countries , including the U.K. and France.

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