The first video shows a queue three city blocks long for Japan's post-tsunami launch
Earthquakes, a tsunami and a few nuclear meltdowns don't seem to have cooled the ardor of Japanese Apple (AAPL) enthusiasts for the iPad 2, which launched Thursday after a five week postponement.
The first customers took their place on line at 8 p.m. Wednesday and withstood a night of heavy rain, according to the Wall Street Journal. A video posted on YouTube Thursday morning shows buyers lined up for three city blocks. Some were there for the white iPhone 4, which went on sale the same day. But most, according to the Journal, were there for the iPad 2.
The YouTube video is available here and below the fold. Note to videographer stevenagata: Next time, shoot from the front of the line to the back so we can see their faces.
UPDATE: The vodpod version of a second video, from NTDTV.com, is posted below steveagata's.
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In a post-tsunami teardown, iSuppli identifies vulnerabilities in Apple's supply chain
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NAND flash memory from Toshiba Corp.
DRAM (dynamic random access memory) from Elpida Memory Inc.
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Apple can only do so much for the beleaguered country
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The tool is an easy registry creator to help victims and loved ones communicate during emergencies.
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