Posts Tagged: Japan


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Japanese App ‘Picture Rally’ Offers a Big Prize for Photo Submissions

A few weeks back I tried out Picture Rally, a photo app from Japan with the interesting twist that invites you to complete themed photo chal...

  • May 28, 2012
  • at 5:30 pm
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GREE’s Gaming Platform in Open Beta, as it Announces Another Key Gaming Partnership

Japanese social gaming giant GREE (TYO:3632) has announced that its new GREE Platform is now officially in Open Beta, and developers can dow...

  • May 24, 2012
  • at 9:08 am
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Tokyo Trains Try Out NFC Advertising

A while ago we wrote about a concept game design that conceived to integrate games into the straps that passengers grip while standing on tr...

  • May 22, 2012
  • at 4:00 pm
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KDDI and Global Brain wants to fund young startups worldwide

The KDDI Open Innovation Fund, a 5 billion Yen (US$63M) corporate venture capital fund from Japan, is seeking to invest in promising mobile ...

  • May 21, 2012
  • at 12:54 pm
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GREE model poses with Android Infobar phone, Tokyo Game Show 2011

Facebook’s Prospects in Asia

Facebook’s IPO story is a lot about mobile, international growth, and Asia.

  • May 18, 2012
  • at 12:00 pm
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Get things done for just 5 dollars with ‘Vites’

Vites is TaskRabbit made a little more simple. It matches people with talent and/or time, to those who need to get things done. Vites was re...

  • May 17, 2012
  • at 4:30 pm
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Actress Maki Horikita, Docomo's Ryuji Yamada, Actor Ken Watanabe

Docomo Rolls Out New Phone Lineup, Heralds New ‘Docomo Cloud’

After KDDI (TYO:9433) rolled out its new summer smartphone lineup yesterday, rival carrier NTT Docomo unveiled its own repertoire of handset...

  • May 16, 2012
  • at 5:35 pm
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Mixi Denies Nikkei Report that CEO Wants to Sell 55% Stake

There’s much discussion going on today about a Nikkei Business Daily report that says Mixi’s founder and CEO, Kenji Kasahara, is...

  • May 15, 2012
  • at 1:08 pm
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Docomo to Make $288 Million Tender Offer for Italian Mobile Content Company Buongiorno

Japanese carrier NTT Docomo (NYSE:DCM) issued a brief announcement today that it has launched a tender to acquire Italy-based mobile interne...

  • May 14, 2012
  • at 7:38 pm
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Rakuten Coming to Malaysia, Will Launch Online Shopping Mall in Late 2012

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten (JSD:4755) has been pretty busy of late, just a week ago announcing that it would be the lead investor of ...

  • May 24, 2012
  • at 3:15 pm
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Dentsu Picks Up 15% Stake in Price Comparison Engine Kakaku

Japanese advertising giant Dentsu (TYO:4324) has today announced that it has acquired a 15.06 percent stake in Kakaku.com (TYO:2371), a pric...

  • May 23, 2012
  • at 7:35 pm
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Fujitsu’s AR Driving App Gives Navigation Info and View of Backseat

We’ve written about more than a few augmented reality applications here in the past, some more useful than others. But like one of the...

  • May 21, 2012
  • at 11:00 pm
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Japanese Web Service Helps us Identify First Signs of Depression

It’s a stressful world we live in. A report indicated that one in every fifteen people is depressed in Japan [1]. Perhaps you have not...

  • May 18, 2012
  • at 5:30 pm
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Who Wants to Play? Survey Says Japan Luke Warm to Nintendo and Sony Game Consoles

We recently wrote that Nintendo (TYO:7974) reported its first loss in 30 years with sales of its major consoles struggling. Sony (NYSE:SNE) ...

  • May 18, 2012
  • at 10:18 am
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Rakuten to be Lead investor in Pinterest’s Next Funding Round [Report]

All Things Digital is reporting today that it expects that Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten (JSD:4755) will be the lead investor in Pintere...

  • May 17, 2012
  • at 12:39 pm
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Dolphin Browser Strikes Deal to be Pre-installed on KDDI Phones in Japan

MoboTap, the makers of the popular Dolphin Browser for iOS and Android, has announced a partnership with Japanese carrier KDDI (TYO:9433) in...

  • May 16, 2012
  • at 11:00 am
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GREE’s Zombie Jombie Surpasses 1 Million Downloads

Even with all the craziness surrounding ‘kompu gacha’ for Japan’s biggest social gaming companies, their businesses still ...

  • May 15, 2012
  • at 10:15 am
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SoftBank’s Ted Matsumoto Talks 4G and the Future at GMIC

This morning at GMIC, Bruno Bensaid (a founder and partner in Shanghaivest) hosted a fireside chat with SoftBank’s chief strategic adv...

  • May 11, 2012
  • at 10:47 am
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