Smartphone Fasting Camp to be Held This Summer in Japan


Mainichi reports that Hyogo prefecture is to run a 5 days boot camp for smartphone addicted children in August.

Kids are still allowed to bring their smartphone, but they are kept in one place, and only be usable between 30 to 60 minutes at night when kids can not stand.

Japanese Web: Find Hilary Clinton’s Photo Similar To Social Game Idols


Playing on the tag challenge is one of the Japanese Twitter users’ favorites, besides super simultaneous tweets by TV watchers.

There is a series of challenges that #”Send A picture, and B will be given to you”(#Aの画像を送るとそれに近いBの画像が送られてくる). As a challenge, cats, yuru-chara characters and anime idols from Idol M@aster console/social game are used well.

For example, “Send Idol M@aster idol, and the Magic the Gathering card will be given to you.” was a huge hit.

The latest popular one happening around March 2 is an challenge tag #”Send Deremasu picture, and Hilary Clinton will be given to you.” “Deremasu” is a nickname of a social game in the Idol M@aster world.

US Presidential nomination is not a small news in its allied Japan. More people are seeing candidates photos on news media and that must affect these Japanese Twitter users to play on what.

You may explorer more and more Hilary’s photos matched with an Idol M@aster photo on Twitter search

Yahoo! Japan to Open Silicon Valley Branch

The Jpaan’s largest web company Yahoo! Japan announced [J] that it is to have a new oversea branch in Silicon Valley “to research the cutting edge technologies”.

The release does not tell much details, except that it will send three staffs from its Data & Science solution department.

Yahoo! Japan and Family-mart Gives 50K Free Coffee For Search

Japan’s Web Behemoth Yahoo! Japan and one of three major convenience chain-store Family Mart jointly starts free coffee campaign [J] today.


Anyone searching “Famima Coffee” (Famima is an official abbreviation of Family-mart in Japanese) on Yahoo! Japan’s iOS or Android app would get a free coupon of Family-mart coffee, size S which usually costs 100 yen.

The campaign lasts by March 7th, or the first 500,000 cups. “Famima Donatsu(=donuts)” search also gives you a chance to win free donuts for 5,000 people per day.

Google Japan’s office in Skyscraper had a Small Fire

NHK reported [J] that the 30th office in Roppongi Hills’s Mori Tower had a minor fire burnt some carpet and card board boxes before 9 a.m. today November 27th.

Floors between 26th and 30th are used by Google Japan. (office visit report by AKIRA DRIVE)

Roppongi Hills is one of the Japanese IT centers, having Apple Japan, Gree, etc.

[Update] Sankei’s follow-up [J] tells that the cause might be a crystal ball in the Google Japan’s office. Crystal Ball!? Do they need to predict something by crystal reading?

[Update 2] Google Japan PR denied their having crystal ball in their office in reply to Sports Hochi [J]. Hochi says that the crystal ball info was from Azabu police department.