i-mode cellphone shipment announced to cease by end of this year

NTT Docomo announced today November 2, 2016 that they will end the sales of i-mode cellphones between this month November and December.

No new i-mode supported featurephone is announced so that P-01H, which was released November in 2015, would be the last i-mode cellphone for regular users.

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The announcement tells that their i-mode capable Rakuraku-phone(easy phone) for elders, will continue to be sold.

i-mode Internet service began in 1999. After massive domestic success and failure of export, iPhone and Android smartphones and their app store overwrote the Docomo’s local success. Docomo says that the i-mode service itself continues. There are still a lot of i-mode cellphone users in Japan, and those fans now need to worry their cellphones becomes old and broken.

Smartphone Fasting Camp to be Held This Summer in Japan

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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

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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.

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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.