Samsung Stops Selling Most Products in Japan

Samsung Electronics Co. has announced that it will no longer sell consumer electronics in the country of Japan. While Samsung will continue to do business to business sales involving LCD computer monitors, memory, and mobile phones, the company will no longer sell products, such as their widely hailed televisions, in the region.

The move may seem drastic, at first glance, but most analysts predict it won't affect Samsung's bottom line. Most of Samsung's revenue, from Japan, came from their business to business dealings, especially in the highly lucrative memory market. Consumer electronic sales only accounted for less than one percent of their total revenue.

Many analysts feel that Japan's loyalty to home grown companies, such as Sony, Matsushita and Sharp, meant that Samsung never really had much of a chance of succeeding with the Japanese consumer.

News source: Houston Chronicle

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There was simply no room for Samsung in Japan. Japan is already home to most of the large electronics companies, Samsung has nothing special to offer, especially in the TV market - it's TVs did not have digital tuners, something that all domestic TVs here now have. But there are plenty of sammy monitors and memory modules on sale here.

Samsing, Samsang, Samsung..

I don't actually know Samsung's track record on green issues, but could this actually have anything to do with Japan's strict, and ever increasing regulations on electronics for environmental reasons? some of the strictest policies on standby power levels being reported not too long ago for example (and a very good thing imo too)

yakumo said,
...could this actually have anything to do with Japan's strict, and ever increasing regulations on electronics for environmental reasons?

No.

yakumo said,
I don't actually know Samsung's track record on green issues, but could this actually have anything to do with Japan's strict, and ever increasing regulations on electronics for environmental reasons? some of the strictest policies on standby power levels being reported not too long ago for example (and a very good thing imo too)

I believe it does. We sell medical displays in Japan (company based in Belgium) and they do indeed have VERY strict regulations to protect their market. It is costing us tons of money to get all the certification and still it's very difficult to sell in Japan because they have their own manuafacturer there.
Other companies have confirmed this issue to us as well.

Don't worry Samsung. I own 3 of your monitors and two of your LCD HDTV's. When the time comes, I will buy more of your products.

This is similar to the auto market in the US before 2-3 years ago. Americans would only buy American cars and they ignored Japanese and other cars. In the past few years, they changed their views (probably due to reliability) and Toyota is catching up to GM as the world's biggest auto maker and that would've never been predicted 4 years ago.