Well, I went to the Apple store in Fukuoka for the launch. I got there before 10:00 pm Thursday night, as I was approaching, I could see lots of people out the store but when I got closer I found out there were only 7 customers and apple staff passing out coffee. So I went to an Isakaya and came back by midnight, still only 12 ppl. I went to the coffee shop across the store and stood there until 4:00 am because they closed. There were already 20 ppl in line so I took my place. Most of the ppl were bloggers and journalists. 7:00 am store staff explained the procedure, offered coffee and passed the tickets. We were split in two lanes, one for 4G and Wi-Fi. Befor 7:30 started to rain and we were provided with unberellas by the Apple store. At 8:00 we was about 100 and the store opened. They was prepared with lots of iPads, more than those needed I thought.
When I got home, my friend who works in Kuro Neko (like UPS) said they started delivering on the 15th afternoon, and on 16th his truck was 90% iPads.
Online orders still 2-3 weeks.
At the store a felt like there is not much demand as in previous devices launch but it migh be just improved production.
Cheers for that!