31 Jul '11, 6am

Unlike their counterparts around the world, Japanese salarymen shun iPads

TOKYO - When Yuta Moriya was offered Apple)'s 613-gram iPad by his employer last summer, he envisioned a future free of lugging his laptop around for client visits. He was wrong. "I used to have to carry my laptop, a charger and some brochures," said Moriya, 29, a used-car salesman at Tokyo-based Gulliver International Co. "After the iPad, I carried the iPad, a charger for the iPad, the laptop, the charger for the laptop and the brochures." Salarymen like Moriya are reluctant to embrace iPad tablets, the fastest-growing segment in the computer industry, because they aren't light enough or functional enough to replace laptops in Japan. For each tablet shipped to corporate customers in Japan, dozens will be sold in the U.S. and western Europe through 2015, according to estimates by Framingham, Massachusetts-based research firm IDC. "Japanese businessmen already tend to carry...

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