It appears that none of the Japanese carriers are accepting iPhone 5s pre-orders , all slated to start on September 13th.
DOCOMO should open pre-ordering for the iPhone 5c only, at stores and online. That latter option will be restricted to its premium members—and only the 30,000 first of them. No decision has apparently been made on the 5s.
au/KDDI says it probably won’t accept pre-orders for the iPhone 5s.
SoftBank has put up an answer in its website’s FAQ section clearly stating that the iPhone 5s will only be available on September 20th, the date of the release. The 5c can be reserved starting on the 13th, both in stores and online.
It’s unclear why all three carriers chose to do so. Or maybe they didn’t. Will the iPhone 5s early availability be extremely limited?
UPDATE: Several readers point out to this being an Apple decision as no iPhone 5s are available to pre-order anywhere worldwide. It still raises the question of low inventory at launch.