Nokia is leaving one market at a time, so after exiting the UK and US (as far as online stores are concerned), it’s now time to leave Japan. According to Reuters, the Finnish company will totally leave the country where brands like Sharp and Sony Ericsson rule.
The Finns have stopped supplying handsets to Japanese carriers back from 2008, according to the report and now they’ll also kill the Vertu handset stores in Tokyo at the end of this month. Also, Nokia’s phone service based on the NTT DoCoMo infrastructure will be closed down, as the contract expires at the end of August.
The only thing that stays open is the Nokia Tokyo office, but that’s only till the year end, having to deal with refunds and other local problems. Vertu phones are some of the most luxurious on the market, with some of them selling for as high as $248,354, so that’s a big loss for Nokia.