Aichi Police Raids Amazon Japan over Child-porn Sales

Asahi reported today [J] that Aichi prefecture police had searched Amazon Japan head office at Meguro, Tokyo and Amazon Japan Logistics Center at Ichikawa, Chiba on suspicious of violation of child porn selling aid yesterday, January 23.

It seems like that a two guys, already arrested last September, of a Tokyo-based used book shop sold photo books featuring underage girls nude over Amazon’s marketplace. According to Asahi, Aichi police thinks Amazon Japan knew that those kind of items were sold on their site but did not take action.

Japanese Office Prank – Zaku II from Gundam Outside

Zaku is the most popular rival mobile suits series of Gundam.

IT Media said the office workers are actors. The video is the first video of the Gundam Fever Project.

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Mixi Adds The Second Account, Gives Users Another Face

Japanese social network Mixi announced that it adds experimentally double accounts feature on its browser versions both on PC and smartphone. Smartphone app version will follow and the feature is planned to be official around March, and may be switchable without re-log-in.

Mixi says that the feature has been requested from users, who want to make communications secretly on their hobby communities, dating, etc.

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Different from Western countries where most people are using the single social network, Japanese net users have been using multiple networks by their different community, colleague, alumni, family, etc. That made several social networks which gained around 25% population but none of them could not add up more, except the latest mover LINE.

Jerry Yang’s 1999 Order Thanked By Japanese Auction Dominator Yahuoku

Yahufoku, former Yahoo! Auction, Japan’s most successful auction service might not launch if then-US Yahoo COO Jerry Yang did not stick it, the current Yahuoku division unit manager told to Ascii.jp.

According to him, who joined as an engineer to the team in 2001, Yahoo! (Japan) Auction’s launch in September 1999 (so this talker seemed not there) was heavily supported by Yang, who had insisted that Yahoo! Japan must run C2C site, which he thought promising, and he offered to let US Yahoo! engineers worked on the initial development. Around 2001, all comments in the Yahoo Auction system were in English and Japanese engineers in Yahoo! Japan around that time had hard time. (There were usually a lot of Japanese comments in Japanese IT companies’ code, as Japan is a large enough market where all software engineering could work all in Japanese.)

Yahoo! Auction launched a year ahead to eBay’s Japanese version, which made eBay failed then retreated in few years.

It is still difficult to succeed C2C services in Japan, because of the cultural characteristic which customers trust shops much more than other individuals, it is where people dislike discussion and negotiations. Yahufoku is one of the very rare successful C2C sites. It has been trying to hide human touch from the auction service, which was different from eBay, who just translated the original US version.

Amazon Train running through Tokyo

Amazon Japan’s holiday sale campaign with Japan Railway East, is running an Amazon train on one of the Tokyo’s most crowded, most frequent line JR Chuo-line.

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