While Apple has long allowed other types of digital content to be gifted, the option to give e-books had been unavailable until now.
Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, says he had to convince Jobs to pursue iBooks, and he only had a couple months to make it happen before the iPad announcement.
With the East Asian nation now added to the list, the tech giant's iTunes bookstore is available in 51 countries worldwide.
The company says that users will be able to browse 25 new sections containing books across a wide array of genres.
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New Zealand and a host of Latin American countries are set to get their own branches of the electronic bookstore sometime today.
The new feature taps into Apple's Passbook app but is available only in Japan, at least for now.
Buy a Mac, iPhone, or iPad and you'll score a gift card good toward any item at Apple -- if you qualify for education pricing.
Give your friends and family the gift of reading with this simple guide.
Apple's iTunes business continues to grow, while the product that helped catapult it heads into the sunset.