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Delayed by quake, iPad 2 coming to Japan

Apple's tablet will be available in Japan tomorrow, followed by a launch in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and eight other countries on Friday.

Apple's iPad 2
Apple's iPad 2 James Martin/CNET

Apple's iPad 2 is launching in Japan tomorrow, the company said this morning.

The company initially planned to start selling the iPad 2 in Japan on March 25. However, following the country's devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, Apple decided to delay the tablet's launch.

Japanese customers who want to get their hands on the slimmer tablet can do so at Apple stores and other retail outlets, starting at 9 a.m. local time tomorrow.

Outside of Japan, Apple said today that it will launch the iPad 2 on Friday in Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

Customers in China will find the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi on store shelves May 6.

Apple's iPad 2 was first announced at the start of March. The tablet comes in both white and black. According to Apple, the tablet is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor and up to 15 percent lighter. Aside from its 9.7-inch screen and between 16GB and 64GB of on-board storage, the device boasts a front-facing camera, allowing consumers to video-conference with Apple's FaceTime service. In the U.S., it sells for $499 to $829, depending on storage and whether customers want 3G connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi.