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Not Found in Japan: UPS

During my visit in Japan, I have found a lot of interesting stuff. Some of these this I have already posted to this forum; others I will post in the future. But today, I want to talk about a particular experience where I could not find an item in Japan. That item is quite popular and wide-spread in the United States. It is called an uninterruptable power supply (UPS).

An UPS is basically a battery-backed powerstrip, where you can plug your computer into, to prevent data-loss from power-outage. In the United States, you can walk into most electronics retailers and pick one up for less than $50.

So when I visited my mom in Japan, I wanted to make sure she doesn't lose any data on her computer during a power outage. I went to all of the electronic retailers in Osaka, Japan, but could not find an UPS on the shelf. Finally, I asked one of the friendly sales person to help direct me to a consumer-grade UPS. After a bit of communication and head-scratching, he finally figured out what I wanted. He said he didn't have any in stock and will need to special order one for us. When he tried to do that, he realized such a product doesn't even exist in the market in Japan. For example, we went to the APC (one of the largest UPS manufacturer) site in Japan and found that they only had industry-grade UPS that are sold to large corporations and company. Consumer-grade UPS simply aren't sold in Japan.

It's quite profound for a country to be missing an entire market segment. I thought that was particular interesting. Does Japan not suffer power-outages?

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 21:34:15 +0000

Very interesting!!! I stumbled upon your post while looking for a Japanese manufacturer of UPS units to distribute in my country.
it seems this is not good news!!!

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Sat, 12 May 2012 07:34:29 +0000

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Tue, 30 Mar 2021 22:58:10 -0700

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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 09:36:30 -0700

I can't believe they don't carry a UPS ! It's so common here in the United States. I wonder how they prevent the loss of their data?

Jerry Ma
Thu, 29 Apr 2021 07:37:00 -0700

My niece visited Japan a few years ago and she mentioned that there are many things that are different and many new products there that she hadn't seen before. I do wonder about the UPS, though, since Japan is such a connected society!
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Thu, 29 Apr 2021 07:42:30 -0700

Impressive, Japan is one of my dream countries to visit.

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Ryan Leonard
Fri, 30 Apr 2021 04:42:38 -0700

Impressive, I personally can't wait to visit Japan someday! Thank you for this wonderful content. I really helps to know more about japan.

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Aliah Manzano
Tue, 18 May 2021 22:29:27 -0700

Hong Kong is the only country that I visited so far, some of my friends who already travel to Japan encourage me to go there. Maybe after this pandemic, I will travel there and experience some of their cultures. I want to visit their beautiful places especially their palace. I also want to go places in Tokyo where cosplayer dress like Star Wars characters. By the way, I am a Star Wars gamer, and I love playing swgoh on pc. I am sure that you know this game.

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Thu, 20 May 2021 18:05:37 -0700

I will remember this the next time I visit Japan.


John Jacobs
Tue, 08 Jun 2021 14:05:20 -0700

What an interesting topic about uninterruptable power supply (UPS) in Japan, I think they don't need it if that is the case. power washing

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 06:42:16 -0700

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