There are many who do not think the iPhone will succeed in Japan.  This could be due to a number of factors that we in the west do not understand about the culture that is the land of the rising sun.  However, Aoyama Gakuin University is taking hold by supplying iPhones to those who study social informatics.  According to DVICE:


 "In addition to being used for note taking and recording the phones will also be used for online testing, and GPS tracking (for accurate roll calls)."


The University will cover the cost of all operational costs and promote iPhone App Development.  


Now this might sound like a great idea to some, the idea of tracking you via GPS when you are not in class would not work in the US.  We value or privacy and right to skip class whenever we want far too much to justify a free iPhone or maybe not?