Surface Pro launches in Japan on June 7th, packs 256GB for the first time Microsoft's Surface Pro started shipping in the US back in February, but its rollout elsewhere has been sporadic, and a 256GB model non-existent -- until now. Japanese customers lusting after the Intel Core i5-powered hybrid will be able to claim one on June 8th, priced at 99,800 yen ($975) with 128GB of storage. The new 256GB iteration will premiere on shelves there for 119,800 yen ($1,175), and customers there will be able to adorn it with the Touch Cover for 9,980 yen ($100) and tactile key Type Cover for 10,980 yen ($110). Better still, Microsoft will toss in its pressure-sensitive pen (and Office 2013) for all the versions as well -- just in time for you to finally do something useful with it. 256GB Surface Pro appears in Japan complete with Office 2013 and new Touch Covers | The Verge While Surface Pro is making its way to additional markets this month, a new variant has arrived in Japan. Microsoft previously launched a region-specific Surface Pro in China, complete with a full copy of Office 2013, but the company is now offering a similar package in Japan. A 256GB model, with Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013, will be made available on June 7th. It's the first time Microsoft has increased the storage on Surface Pro from its 64GB and 128GB versions. Some Japanese customers will also be treated to some exclusive Touch Covers. New designs debuted in a number of markets earlier this year, but Microsoft is holding a contest to give away 100 Touch Covers with designs by brands like Beams, and Rodeo Crowns. It's not clear if the limited edition Surface covers will also be made available to buy, but they're definitely limited to Japan. Microsoft's increase in Surface Pro storage in Japan follows initial controversy that its 64GB tablet only includes 29GB of addressable storage. Microsoft doesn't appear to be offering the 64GB model in Japan, perhaps signalling potential plans to move away from this storage volume in future.