“Hatsune Miku” Hits Hong Kong, Taiwan, With “Miku Pa♪” Live Concerts

Hatsune Miku Hong Kong and Taiwan executive committe has announced that they will hold “Miku Pa♪”, vocaloid Hatsune Miku’s concerts at Hong Kong and Taiwan.  They have also opened an Exclusive Site. [J]

Hatsune Miku’s concerts held in foreign countries include “MIKUNOPOLIS” in Los Angeles on July 2nd 2011, and this will be the 2nd and third time continuing from the first“Miku Pa♪” in Singapore on November 11th, 2011.  It will be held in Hong Kong on October 2nd at KITEC Star Hall, and in Taiwan on October 6th at Taipeishow (Taipei Show Hall 2).  Both will have two public performances in one day, daytime and at night, and ticket reservation is planned to commence from July 12th.

“Hatsune Miku” Miku’s Nichi Dai Kanshasai (Big Japanese Thanksgiving) 2 Days Complete BOX (First Time built-to-order limited edition) [Blu-ray]

Hatsune Miku Concert Saigo No Miku No Nichi Kanshasai (Last of Miku’s Japan Thanksgiving) [Blu-ray]

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Facebook Japan Paused Growth By Earthquake, But Gains Back From… China?

At the beginning of April, I was almost writing up an article about how the Eastern Japan earthquake affected social media battle. Since the end of 2010, Japanese traditional media had been in great favor of Facebook as “the next big thing from US”. Their endless coverage was very similar with what was done with Twitter in 2009-2010, and eventually, Twitter’s appearance on mass media became rather small.

However, the disaster changed the game. Facebook might have been a good platform with its real-name policy if Japanese Facebook penetration was not about 2% of population. (Although the real victims in the disaster areas could not use any social media by black-out,) Twitter was the cure for tens of millions people who wanted to confirm their friends safety under disconnected phone. Twitter also helped that people who had to walk back to their home at the night of the earthquake in greater Tokyo. Many raw information (, false rumors and corrections as well) were circulated on it for weeks.

A blogger Edgefirst summed up that how Japanese newspaper companies utilized/opened their Twitter accounts to cover up their stopped and delayed distribution. Twitter accounts of some Tohoku region newspapers added 500-700% followers. National paper’s official accounts got notable gain, too. Generally speaking, Japanese newspapers are anti-internet with fear for losing their readers, but this disaster seemed to encourage web amiable factions.

Non-Japanese residents’ English activities were huge on Facebook. Many support from overseas were discussed on Facebook as well. But in Japanese language, there were less activities happened from Facebook, if you compare them with Twitter and other web services.

Here is the population graph of Facebook Japan users recorded by Socialbakers after the quake. Screenshot on April 4th.

The number of Japanese Facebook users were sharp rising around the release of the movie “The Social Network” in early January, then, March 11th quake completely stopped the trend. The graph above is from April 4th.

Then, on April 5th, something strange was observed on Socialbakers (and Facebook’s ad tool, as Socialbakers is only recording numbers from it).

In Japan, as Serkan Toto pointed out on his blog, half a million user joined Facebook in a day. That made over 3 million users, Facebook population increased 20%.

In China, ReadWriteWeb showed that over quarter million Facebook users disappeared on the same April 5th.

I checked other countries in East Asia. South Korea lost 100,000(2.5%).

Taiwan lost one million active users(10%) on the same day!

So it seems as if massive users moved out from Taiwan and China to Japan. If it was opposite way, it could happen as some people evacuated from Japan to other Asian countries. (still the number is unbelievable high, though)

There were no campaigns like “changing your location to Japan on FB (for showing support or something)” as far as I know.

Wiki Covering 11 Countries: Digital Media Across Asia

Here is some recommended reading, probably of value for just about everybody reading Asiajin: in 2007, Students at Singapore Management University have created a wiki called “Digital Media Across Asia”, which now covers a total of eleven countries (in English), namely:

On the site, the wiki is being called the “world’s most comprehensive wiki dedicated to digital media throughout Asia”, and I think this could well be true.

The wiki is updated 2-3 times per year (only the students themselves and faculty can edit it), and it’s a great resource for country-specific information on social networks, mobile, search engines, video sharing platforms, etc. etc.

Japan’s Itochu Invests In Hong Kong And Taiwanese E-Commerce Sites

Major Japanese trading (and Fortune 500) company Itochu is making a foray into the Asian e-commerce space. According to The Nikkei, Itochu made two investments recently, having bought into Hong Kong-based online shopping company Fortune Link (website is currently down) and Taiwan-based PChome.

About 10% of each of these sites have been acquired by Itochu, The Nikkei reports. What’s interesting is that the Japanese company seems to have made the investments with the Chinese market in mind.

For example, Fortune Link has built up a an express delivery network in China with the local (state-owned) postal services to get orders to customers faster. The site’s core business is to sell brand name products to Chinese online shoppers. Itochu plans to supply clothing, cosmetics and other apparel to Fortune Link and plans to have a total of 10,000 of such items listed in six months.

PChome, one of Taiwan’s biggest online shopping portals, currently offers more than 3 million different items (Alexa says it’s Taiwan’s No. 12 website overall). Itochu is reportedly planning to support PChome’s entry into other parts of Asia by taking over product procurement.

Is Steve Stopped At Airport? May Be Fiction But Now Animated

Japan’s tabloid magazine SPA![J] reported that Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs had been barred from taking Ninja throwing stars aboard his private jet plane at an airport in Osaka, and Apple’s spokesman denied it and told Bloomberg News that Steve had visited in Kyoto but the incidents described were a pure fiction.

Taiwan’s NMA (Next Media Animation) News, however, created an animation film describing the incident, regardless of its authenticity, and posted it on YouTube.

The film started with the scene that Steve bought the throwing stars at a souvenir shop.   Then he was accused by an airport official of taking them as his carry-on baggage.   Finally he angered and turned himself to a ninja.

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Apple Says The Steve Jobs Ninja Stars Story Is “Pure Fiction”

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