Posts Tagged: Japan



Mobile Service Disruption from Great Japan Earthquake Visualized

When the tragic earthquake hit Japan back in March of 2011, mobile communications were severely disrupted in the affected regions, even in m...

  • January 11, 2013
  • at 8:30 pm
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DeNA Gets a Playful Rebranding, Plans to Release Social Music App in Japan

Recently we looked back on what was a pretty busy year for Japan’s DeNA (TYO:2432). The internet and social games company has expanded...

  • January 10, 2013
  • at 2:45 pm
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Japan’s Line Chat App Wants to Reach 300 Million Users in 2013

It was a pretty big year for NHN Japan and its Line chat application in 2012. And according to a Taiwanese news report, the company plans to...

  • January 9, 2013
  • at 10:40 am
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Japanese Social Game Publisher Cygames Has Over 20 Million Total Users

Japanese game developer Cygames (a CyberAgent subsidiary) has announced today that its social games portfolio has amassed more than 20 milli...

  • January 8, 2013
  • at 3:30 pm
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Japanese Mobile Social Gaming: 2012 in Review

It has been a pretty busy year in the mobile space in Japan. While the prevailing narrative in most western media has been the demise of Jap...

  • January 4, 2013
  • at 4:35 pm
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2012 Was a Year of Crazy Growth for Japanese Chat App Line

NHN Japan had a pretty crazy year in 2012. In retrospect, things really got busy for the company and its wildly successful chat app Line aft...

  • January 3, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
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GREE’s 2012 Mobile Gaming Adventure [Timeline]

Last week we took a retrospective look at Japanese mobile gaming giant DeNA (TYO:2432), a company that surprised a lot of people in the past...

  • January 2, 2013
  • at 2:00 pm
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Crazy Japanese Tower Defense Game ‘Battle Cats’ Invades Android Platform

One of my favorite games for all of 2012 was the endlessly wacky Battle Cats from Japanese game developer Ponos. I’ve been enjoying it on ...

  • December 31, 2012
  • at 2:00 pm
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GREE and Japan Sumo Association Launch Sumo Card Battle Game

I’ve been having lots of fun trying out mobile games from the card battle genre over the past year. So far, my favorites have probably...

  • December 28, 2012
  • at 2:30 pm
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NTT Docomo To Sell New Smartphone Specifically for Pre-Teens

Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo (NYSE:DCM) announced today that it will soon be accepting preorders for a new model of smartphone that sp...

  • January 10, 2013
  • at 7:30 pm
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Rocket Internet is a Berlin headquartered company that is well-known for cloning successful online startups (usually from the US), replicati...

  • January 10, 2013
  • at 9:32 am
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High Tech Hangers Make Shopping More Stimulating for Men in Japan

The folks at Japan’s TeamLab are a pretty creative bunch. I first met up with them at a Tokyo Maker fair a few years back, where they ...

  • January 8, 2013
  • at 9:00 pm
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Mobile Gaming Company GREE Apologizes for Charging Minors Beyond Spending Limits

Mobile social gaming giant GREE (TYO:3632) has issued an announcement in Japanese today apologizing that some minors were charged beyond the...

  • January 7, 2013
  • at 12:35 pm
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Survey Says Japan is Now Using Far More Chat Apps

As we pointed out yesterday, 2012 was a pretty big year for NHN Japan’s Line chat app. But if you need further evidence of its popular...

  • January 4, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
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Tokyo and Seoul Dominate Twitter on New Year’s Eve

While many people were busy tweeting their new year’s messages and wishes yesterday at midnight, the social network Twitter was also busy ...

  • January 2, 2013
  • at 5:06 pm
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Apple’s Annual Lucky Bag Sale Delivers for Japanese Fanboys

While Christmas has come and gone for most of us, here in Japan there was quite a bit of excitement this morning as Apple held its annual &#...

  • January 2, 2013
  • at 10:00 am
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Japan’s Mobile Video Service ‘NotTV’ Passes 400,000 Paid Subscribers

This past July we wrote about Mmbi Inc’s NotTV mobile television service, which at that point had surpassed 100,000 subscribers after its ...

  • December 28, 2012
  • at 6:00 pm
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Japan’s Mixi Acquires Tokyo-based Barter/Curation Site Developer Kamado

Tokyo-based startup Kamado Inc., which is running several web services including auction site Livlis and a photo curation site Clipie, was t...

  • December 27, 2012
  • at 3:24 pm
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