Kakaku.com: a price comparison company

Kakaku.com logo

Kakaku.com started from a website which lists the retail prices of Akihabara, the Japanese electric market. It quickly became a famous site which shows the best deals of electrical products.

Their revenue sources are through affiliate and advertisement. Now Kakaku.com is not specialized in electric products. Their business was expanded into travel, insuarance, and foreign currency trade.

A founder of Kakaku.com is not a famous person. Mitsuaki Makino created Kakaku.com in 1997 and made the site profitable, then quietly retired from CEO in 2002. Yoshiteru Akita took the position of CEO and successfully grew Kakaku.com into a public company.

In 2005, Kakaku.com was cracked and customers’ email addresses were leaked. The site was closed for ten days. The company’s awful explanation upset their customers.

Here is the English version of the financial statement. It’s worth a look.

See Also (in English)

  1. A Japan Inc. article about the Kakaku.com founder Mitsuaki Makino

Kakaku.com (as of 2007)

  • Type: public (Tokyo: 2371)
  • Founded: 1997
  • Public: Oct 2003
  • Page views: 427 million per month
  • Sales: 4.8 billion yen ($41 million)
  • Profit: 1.3 billion yen ($11 million)
  • Employee: 110
  • People: Founder, Mitsuaki Makino
  • People: ex CEO, Yoshiteru Akita
  • People: CEO, Minoru Tanaka

OKWave expressed its USA subsidiary opens November

OKWave, which has been providing the same name “OKWave(オーケーウェーブ)”, Yahoo! Answers like Q and A community service, expressed its new USA-office plan.

OKWave logo

The Q-and-A service OKWave started in 2000/1. It is the one of the biggest Q-and-A service in Japanese. OKWave also provides its system and user-bases to other players, such like NTT groups’ portal site “goo”, real-estate site “Homes”, etc.

OKWave’s competitors in Japan are “Yahoo! Chiebukuro”(based on Yahoo! Korea’s Answers, its success followed by US Yahoo! Answers) and “Hatena Jinriki Kensaku”(One of the oldest and the most popular service in Hatena portal).

Niconico-Douga expressed its Taiwan version begins next week

via CNET Japan


Online Video sharing/comment services Niconico-Douga will upgrade October 10th 6:00 p.m. (JST) with access/visibility related enhancement, from the owner company Niwango’s release.

The release also includes that they will open Taiwan localized version of Niconico-Douga on October 18th.

Niwango’s main area is cellular phone contents, but their started Niconico-Douga got popular as almost same as YouTube, especially for heavy internet users. Niwango is also known that it has business relationship with Hiroyuki NISHIMURA, the founder/owner of 2-channel, which is the biggest anonymous BBS in Japanese.

IE7 Auto Update unexpectedly released to Japanese users

via Impress Watch

Internet Explorer 7

Microsoft IE Blog opens that the Internet Explorer browser is now available on Windows Update so Windows users with Automatic Update on are going to get IE7 upgraded.

But that was not expected for Japan. Microsoft explained before that Japanese version of Windows will not have IE7 automatically until 2008. So this time distribution should have not occured on Japanese Windows.

Microsoft drew back the distribution after, at least, 5 hours and is going to have a special announce to whom already upgraded IE unwillingly.