Mobile phone shipments grew +4% annually in Japan during Q2 2012. Measured in revenue terms, Japan is the second most valuable country in Asia after China. The large size of Japan, and greater openness from local carriers like NTT Docomo, is drawing more international vendors into the market. Apple of the US has been wildly popular for several quarters, and Samsung of Korea is now making major gains with its Galaxy Android portfolio. Combined with the correction of a local inventory glut, those factors caused Fujitsu to lose a huge 6 points of handset-shipment marketshare in the second quarter. Fujitsu needs to act fast to prevent it going the same way as Sharp, which has all but collapsed in its home market over the past two years.