Posts Tagged: Japan


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Puzzle & Dragons hits 20 million users in Japan, finally launches in UK too

Japan’s biggest smartphone game Puzzle and Dragons now boasts over 20 million registered users in the country, maker GungHo (3765.OS) anno...

  • October 18, 2013
  • at 6:00 pm
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Softbank and GungHo have acquired 51% of Supercell for $1.53 billion (Updated)

Update: Included Softbank’s reasons for the transaction below. The news was first tweeted by a Wall Street Journal reporter and then r...

  • October 15, 2013
  • at 6:15 pm
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42% of the world’s Internet users live in Asia

Asia, as we have noted repeatedly before, is home to the biggest internet populations across the world. These maps show us, with some stagge...

  • October 11, 2013
  • at 8:00 pm
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Square Enix, Nintendo make Asia’s most expensive and highest grossing games

An infographic by Graphs.net shows the most expensive and top grossing games of all time with five game titles hailing from Asian companies.

  • October 8, 2013
  • at 4:00 pm
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SlideStory wants to get you into photo slideshows

Videos are so last year: SlideStory wants to get you into photo slideshows

We’ve all shared our photos online, and perhaps some of us have created GIFs and Vine and Instagram videos as well. But a Japanese app...

  • October 7, 2013
  • at 4:32 pm
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Huawei is quietly taking over the world, minus the US

Fed up with the US government’s allegations that its technology could be used for espionage, a vice president from Chinese telecommuni...

  • October 3, 2013
  • at 6:00 pm
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Nintendo to stop Wii production in Japan

After 7 years in the market, Nintendo to stop Wii production in Japan as confirmed by an employee from Nintendo Europe.

  • October 2, 2013
  • at 1:30 pm
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Line brings its web store to Taiwan as part of greater retail push

  This month marks the start of a new wave in Line’s push for greater monetization. Today, in Japan, the company formally introduced ...

  • October 1, 2013
  • at 12:44 pm
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Why Y Combinator startup Strikingly skipped China, Japan and headed for Southeast Asia

Two weeks ago, the entire Strikingly team hung out at Block 71, the epicenter of Singapore’s tech startup community. Here on a workawa...

  • September 30, 2013
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Supercell’s acquistion signals the Asian buying spree to come

The Mobile gaming world has been buzzing lately by the news that Supercell of Finland was acquired by Softbank and GungHo of Japan for $1.5 ...

  • October 16, 2013
  • at 4:08 pm
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Kii, a backend-as-a-service firm that funds startups, confirms expansion to Southeast Asia

Backend-as-a-service (BaaS) companies have risen in prominence this year after the acquisition of Parse by Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) for a repor...

  • October 15, 2013
  • at 1:00 am
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Japanese e-commerce titan Rakuten sets its sights on Spain with new marketplace

Rakuten, the leading e-commerce platform in Japan, announced today that it has launched a new online marketplace in Spain. Users that log on...

  • October 11, 2013
  • at 1:15 pm
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Conyac raises new seed funding ahead of expanding crowdsourced translation platform across Asia, Europe

Conyac raises new seed funding ahead of expanding crowdsourced translation platform across Asia, Europe

We’re seeing a lot of creative online marketplaces thriving across Asia these days. Conyac is one of the most specialized of these ...

  • October 8, 2013
  • at 2:30 pm
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On Asia’s internet, Japan and the Philippines are the most free, Vietnam and China the least

Freedom House just came out with a detailed 800-page report on internet freedoms across the world. Here’s some of the insights into Asia.

  • October 7, 2013
  • at 4:00 pm
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GREE offers voluntary retirement to 11% of workforce, shuts Osaka office

Today it came to light that GREE is planning to offer voluntary retirement plans to about 200 employees, or 11 percent of its entire workfor...

  • October 3, 2013
  • at 10:21 am
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Google brings Android app vending machines to Tokyo

Google Japan is tapping into Tokyo’s affinity for vending machines with a Google Play version of the unmanned dispensaries. The Goog...

  • October 1, 2013
  • at 2:30 pm
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Japanese chat app Line rolls out prepaid cards in Japan, and yes, they look adorable

The Japanese team behind popular messaging app Line has rolled out prepaid cards that users can purchase offline and use to as credit for in...

  • October 1, 2013
  • at 10:58 am
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Kyoto University launches new $60 million fund to invest in Asian startups

Kyoto University, a Japanese research university, is launching its second venture fund worth $60 million to invest in startups in Japan and ...

  • September 30, 2013
  • at 8:30 am
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