Japan: Osaka police said 191 of the iPhone 5 were stolen in the hours leading up to the official launch today, reports “The Wall Street Journal” (http://macte.ch/RHZfR).

As of Friday at noon, three stores were hit across Japan’s western metropolis, the article adds. Authorities said they discovered 33 iPhone 5’s were missing from one of KDDI Corp 9433.TO +0.52%.’s au-brand shops in Ibaraki city, a suburban nook in Osaka prefecture. Approximately 116 Apple smartphones were nabbed from a Softbank Corp. store in the western district of Osaka city. And a nearby au store saw 42 iPhone 5’s taken, notes “The Wall Street Journal.”