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.

How to recover WordPress posts from NewsBlur

This post is not related with Asia/Japan IT news.

When I noticed that there were no latest backups kept on any cloud services by combined mistakes, Asiajin’s past articles since January 2014 seemed to be lost for good. My RSS reader might keep the latest 10 or so, but I was not so eager to take time for them.

When suggested to salvage form Newsblur, I did not know that service. The service keeping all past copies of the feed (Asiajin offers full RSS feed for readers’ convenience) does not sound good, if I become to know it in regular time. Letting readers know about Japanese IT news is more important for us than earning page views, though.

Anyway, the site offers API, and I found a good tool to export the data from there. Then, I needed to convert the exported data (in JSON style) to our using self-hosted WordPress.

I wrote a script to do that, and it worked and the lost 40 posts are now back on the blog. This is not really generic tool, but for someone who might see the similar troubles in future, I decided to make it public on GitHub.


Lost articles are back

We had lost recent articles, but luckily could salvage most of the once-lost-ones from an RSS reader service.

There could be some glitches on the posts from January 2014 to September 2015. Your feedback would fix them.

Thanks for the tip @LonelyBob !

As you notice, Asiajin activities have been pretty low these years. There were some other good English blogs opened to cover Japanese IT industry news, so the demand for Asiajin is not high if comparing with when we started in 2007.

I will post if I find an interesting news, but it won’t be frequent. If anyone wants to join and make Asiajin active again, you are very welcome.

Lost articles

By an unfortunate accident, the former Asiajin server crashed and the data lost. More bad thing was that the backup files was cleaned too much recently due to capacity issues on my other server. The posts since January 2014 seemed lost. I will keep trying to salvage, but probably those posts are available only titles and images on our Twitter account @Asiajin.

AllAbout Launches Non-Japanese AllAbout Japan for Foreign Visitors

AllAbout Inc., AllAbout Inc., a Japanese company which originally started as a joint-venture between Recruit and US, running All About in Japanese, announced today [J] September 29th that its multi language sites AllAbout Japan, initially with English.


According to the release, the site will have original articles by 500 Japan expert foreign writers, who both live in and outside Japan. The site is planned to get Chinese, Korean and Thai localization.

AllAbout Inc. is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange JASDAQ market. Major shareholders are the largest printing company Dai Nippon Printing(DNP), Recruit Holdings and Yahoo! Japan.