Softbank Mobile and Apple announced June 9 that the iPhone 3G will be available in Japan on July 11.

“I am delighted at this opportunity to partner with Apple,” said Softbank Mobile (SBM) chairman/CEO Masayoshi Son in a statement. “SBM’s and Apple’s shared vision of promoting the innovative integration of the Internet and mobile phone through the distribution of iPhone is exciting. iPhone has been enthusiastically received around the world, and we think it will be popular in Japan as well.”

Commented Apple COO Tim Cook in a statement: “Japan is one of the world’s most advanced mobile markets and we are thrilled to partner with SoftBank to launch iPhone 3G there next month. iPhone 3G is an amazing product and we think customers in Japan will love it as much as we do.”