The 7th and Final Bonen Kaigi

Daiya Hashimoto and 100shiki’s Gen Taguchi’s annual year end event Bounen Kaigi (Year-forgetting party+meeting) was held at Yahoo! Japan’s headoffice, Roppongi Midtown, Tokyo.

This 7th anniversary, however, had been declared the last one.

2009 Ranking

As always, the two hosts made their (personal) year ranking what impressed them in 2009.

  1. MovaTwitter (Asiajin): unofficial Twitter site for Japanese cellular phone
  2. Lang-8 (Asiajin): Social language revision network service
  3. Joker Blog: a blog by Joker Racer (Asiajin)‘s RC manager
  4. Revilist: ISBN to Amazon review viewer site mainly for mobile
  5. Homerare Salon (Asiajin): a site to encourage you by using your name
  6. Bijin Tokei (Asiajin): an iPhone watch app to show current
  7. AppBank: a Japanese blog dedicated for iPhone application reviews
  8. TV-jin: social TV programs recommendation service by 2 channel data
  9. Nanapi: social tips sharing service
  10. Twitter (Asiajin): microblog service gaining presense in Japanese web

Yahoo! Japan’s search keywords session

The event sponsor Yahoo! Japan, as always, showed some interesting stats around their massive search queries. Some interesting topics for our readers,

  • YouTube’s growth is much bigger than NicoNico Douga’s
  • Mixi got a lot more search after Mixi Appli platform release
  • New communication sites grows including Pixiv, Facebook, Ameba Pigg and Nicotto Town

Special guests session

Best selling business books author Kazuyo Katsuma, and her friend, 90’s songwriter Kohmi Hirose, both are the most popular celebrities on Japanese Twitter, appeared and got open interview by Hashimoto and Taguchi.

Taguchi, who introduced Twitter earliest to Japanese tech-savvy people when there was SXSW 2006, asked Katsuma how much Twitter is promising in Japanese web. Her answer was it would fail in a year unless Twitter Japan gets 10 times bigger mas. She said TJ has to lower hurdles for newcomers by, for example,

1. to attract people interested in entertainment (concert, etc)
2. to bridge politicians and people gap

The hashtag of the event is “#bk2009″.

See Also:

Co-organizer Gen Taguchi’s event report [J]

Event Wrap-up: 400+ Geeks Applaud Web Innovators At WISH2009

WISH2009 Venue

More than 400 Internet users joined the event on Friday evening in Tokyo.   Tokyo-based blog marketing agency Agile Media Network (AMN)[J] held Japan’s first conference having a number of tech start-ups in comprehensive perspective, titled WISH2009 (Web Innovation SHare)[J].   More than a dozen of innovators had opportunities to present their works, and Japanese tech media journalists and GREE‘s CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka(@tanakayoshikazu) were invited to serve as award judges.

Here are wrap-ups of the event and award winning results.   Each presentation is almost five-minute long and given in Japanese language.

Award winning presenters:

Company / Service / Desc. Video (Presented by AMN)
Grand Prix Winner & AMN Award Winner:

JokerRacer

Akky Akimoto wrote this in-depth story about the service here on Asiajin.

Presentation by CEO Yoski Akamatsu[J] (@yoski)

Nikkei BP Award Winner:

Dressphile Online Closet[J]

For city dwellers having no affordable space at home to keep unseasonable clothes, you may ask Dressphile on the web to pick up unnecessary pieces and to keep each piece of them in the company’s storage for an approximate monthly cost of USD3.

Presentation by CEO Hiroshi Nishi[J]

Impress Award Winner:

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Cerevo[J]

Cerevo provides a double-sided solution for people wanting to send and share pictures online by not only developing a new photo management site but also manufacturing an originally-designed digital camera.

Presentation by Takuma Iwasa[J]

IT Media Award Winner:

Lang-8[J]

Hiroumi Mitani wrote this in-depth story about the service here on Asiajin.

Presentation by Youyou Ki

CNET Japan Award Winner:

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ActionPad[J]

Gen Taguchi is well-known since he introduces the world’s innovative web services every day on his website.   He is also a system engineer and developed an easy-to-use web-based “to-do” management system requiring no user account registration.

Presentation by Gen Taguchi
a.k.a. 100shiki.com

Gizmodo Japan Award Winner:

Xtel[J]

A team of 10 laboratories of Keio University SFC jointly developed a number of digitized contents and media derived from our daily utilities, and also invented a platform allowing them to develop ubiquitous products in a more efficient way. (E/J intro PDF to the project)

Presentation by Yuichiro Katsumoto[E/J]

Other participating presenters:

Company / Service / Desc. Video (Presented by AMN)

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Kokuban.in[J]

(blackboard in)

Kokuban.in is an illustration-sharing SNS allowing you to draw a picture on the virtual blackboard with your mouse.

Presentation by Yoshinori Munehara

Logo of 30min.

30 Minutes[J]

30min. (pronounced as “San-Zero Minutes” in Japanese) develops a location based town guide portal and allows users to see a listing of shops located near where you are, based on the database of information aggregated from blogs that people write.   Its iPhone app is available from here.

Presentation by Motoaki Tanigo[J] (@tanigox)

UserLocal[J]

User Local[J] (led by Masao Ito[J], he founded Japan’s most popular bulletin board site for job hunting students[J], and handed it over to Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten. He got a degree from Waseda University Graduate School)   This tech start-up incubated from Waseda University developed several services focusing on web access statistics and analysis. (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)

Wataru Yamaki wrote this in-depth story about the company here on Asiajin.

Presentation by Masao Ito (@itomasa)

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Yonda4.com[J]

Asiajin’s founder Akky Akimoto also entried this work titled Yondayo!, which allows you to publicize a list of books you’ve read by posting a Twitter message and to share its review with other avid readers.

Presentation by Akky Akimoto[J] (@akky)


SonyBank[J]

Sony’s subsidiary in online banking service introduces a service titled “Lifetime Online Passbook”, which was launched in March 2008.   It aggregates billing details of credit card transactions etc., and shows you them on a web-based calender.  Probably it will make you easier to manage your personal expense and family budget.

Presentation by Toru Kawarazaka and his colleague Mr. Shimohara

Nissan Carwings[J]

The world-class motor company introduces an RSS-enabled car navigation system allowing driving users to collect information from third party’s websites such as expressway info portal (kosoku.jp[J]), station-by-station basis gas price comparison site (gogo.gs[J]).

Presenter’s name unconfirmed


San San[J]

The company provides consultation services in CRM(customer relationship management) and SFA(salesforce automation) business segments, specifically by focusing on delivering solutions to arrange information collected by business cards being exchanged among Japanese businessmen everyday.  (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)

Presentation by Naotake Hibiya (@naotake_hibiya)

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Conit[J]

A Shibuya-based tech start-up and iPhone/iPod touch app developer has introduced its brand new line-up following Samurai Chess, Melody Bell and Tapnext.  The company unveiled a new service providing an iPhone app content distribution platform on ASP basis, acting for iPhone app content providers.   With the service, the content providers need not to set up a content server to start subscription-based content distribution service requiring in-app payment transactions.

Presentation by Kentaro Hashimoto (@conit)

Event Preview: Web Innovation Showcase WISH2009 To Be Held

Logo of Agile Media Network

Agile Media Network, a Shibuya-based start-up company providing Japanese A-list bloggers with ad revenue opportunities and Asiajin’s adviser Motohiko Tokuriki[J] serves as the president of, plans to hold an event called WISH2009[J] on Friday evening next week. Mr. Tokuriki attended TedxTokyo last May, and he was highly inspired by the event and turned to think of how important a live event is for sharing knowledge and experience in the Internet community.

In the world facing financial crisis and the dot-com bubble collapse, now is the hard time for Internet business start-ups. They’ve given birth to a number of interesting apps and useful services, however they are still in difficulty to gain the population of users. Tokuriki says, the event aims at giving them opportunities to present and pushing on their new apps and services which are yet little known but high potential.

Intended presenters:

  • Xtel's LogoUbiquitous Project, Keio University SFC (led by Dr. Masa Inakage)
    A team of 10 laboratories of Keio University SFC jointly developed a number of digitized contents and media derived from our daily utilities, and also invented a platform allowing them to develop ubiquitous products in a more efficient way. (E/J intro PDF to the project)
  • Conit's Logo Conit (led by Kentaro Hashimoto)
    A Shibuya-based tech start-up and iPhone/iPod touch app developer unveils its brand new line-up following Samurai Chess, Melody Bell and Tapnext.
  • Sidefeed's LogoSidefeed (led by Yoski Akamatsu[J])
    A Tokyo-based RSS-feed-oriented system integration company combined web technologies with real toys usually surrounding us.  (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)
  • San San[J]
    The company provides consultation services in CRM(customer relationship management) and SFA(salesforce automation) business segments, specifically by focusing on delivering solutions to arrange information collected by business cards being exchanged everyday.  (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)
  • 100shiki's LogoGen Taguchi[J], Founder of 100shiki[J] a.k.a. “dot-com of the day”
    100shiki.com introduces a good and new service for a day. Mr. Taguchi is a forward-looking guy on tech industry as well as one of the best-known lifehackers. He tells us where the next web trends are going to.
  • Dressphile's LogoDressphile Online Closet[J]
    For city dwellers having no affordable space at home to keep unseasonable clothes, you’re allowed to ask them on the web to pick up unnecessary pieces and to keep each piece of them for an approximate monthly cost of three dollars.
  • Nissan's Logo Carwings' Logo Nissan Carwings[J]
    Carwings is an intelligent car navigation system having Internet connectivity via cellphone data network. By talking on the system with a customer representative who is standing-by at Nissan’s service center, it makes you easier to set a destination and to find a town guide for the destination as well.
  • Lang-8[J] (led by Youyou Ki)
    A Kyoto-based tech start-up developed a language-learning service by exchanging interaction with native speakers on the web. Asiajin’s Hiroumi Mitani wrote this for more details. (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)

The event has also an another nomination category[J] which allows you to recommend your favorite from web services recently introduced and to vote for it (open until the end of Wednesday, August 12th).   Asiajin’s founder Akky Akimoto also entried his recent work called Yondayo![J], which allows you to publicize a list of books you’ve read by posting a Twitter message and to share its review with other avid readers.

Several A-list tech bloggers and IT media journalists are appointed to serve as the judges for the event’s best awards.

Ketsudan Potaufe, also known as Japanese Amanda Congdon, plans to bring you live streamcast from the venue.   It’s available on August 21 from 7pm to 10pm J.S.T., which is 10am to 1pm U.T.C. on the same day.    We will be able to put a direct link to the streamcast.

Bounen Kaigi 2008 report

Bounen Kaigi, annual year-end conference considering the record of the year, was held at Yahoo! Japan office again this year. This conference was sponsored by Yahoo! Japan and the event hosts were Gen Taguchi (blog: 100shiki[J]) and Daiya Hashimoto (blog: Jyoho Kogaku Passion for The Future[J]).

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This conference consisted of the followings.

  • Noticeable Net Services in 2008
  • Guest’s topics
  • Yahoo! Japan’s 2008 trends by analyzing keywords
  • Hosts’ topics
  • Zentai Kaigi (everyone’s discussion)

Noticeable Net Services in 2008

This ranking is 10 noticeable net services which Taguchi/Hashimoto picked up from the list collected by their readers.

  1. Dropbox
  2. Evernote
  3. SPYSEE – Vertical search engine of influencers
  4. TechTalk.jp – Hub site for technical presentors
  5. Language exchange SNS Lang-8 – Multi-lingual social network service for learning foreign lanugages
  6. Auto Vocoder Box – Online vocal correction service for bad singers
  7. GYOROL – Mobile & PC fishing game
  8. rigureto – Miserable story sharing site
  9. Shuden.jp – Last train time checking site in mobile
  10. Yaruo KenBunRoku – The record of 2ch character “Yaruo”‘s diverse challenges

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These are not so popular in Japan now, but have a good chance to become big services. Top two services are  not from Japan, therefore this results will motivate Japanese start-ups to make more effort in 2009.

Guest’s topics

Guest was Keiya Mizuno. He is a writer of million-seller book “Yume wo kanaeru zou” ( means an elephant living out dreams). This book is so popular that it was made to TV drama and came to be the most  sold Japanese books in 2008, more than 1.7 million copies, Hashimoto said.

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» MIZUNO KEIYA OFFICE Inc.[J]

Yahoo! Japan’s 2008 trends by analyzing keywords

They explained about the trends on the internet in 2008, for example, comparision between mobile and pc user of mixi or analyzing the age brackets of  newly emerging community sites, pixiv, pu-pe girl and so on.

Hosts’ topics

The hosts, Taguchi/Hashimoto, made presentations about their 2008 and new plans for 2009.

» Taguchi’s Report of Bounen Kaigi 2008 // ideaxidea.com[J]

Zentai Kaigi(everyone’s discussion)

This may be most important session, the last was Zentai Kaigi. All participants were grouped up by 6 people and discussed.

Theme was “Thinking up the new big net service in 2009”. They must fill up the following paper.

Using (_______) problem from recession in 2009 as an underhanded way, you work out a new service (_______) for (______) people. This service has a great feature that (_______), so it has very high-level repeat rate. The name of this service is “(________)”.
In addition, the government admires this service and names the year from 2009 to 2015 after it, “(________) economy”.

The winner team’s idea is that NEET check the other house through some monitors in their houses. NEET are people who have no job including part-time and will increase in number because of the recession.

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This conference will be also held in 2009. If you spend your year-end vacation in Japan, why don’t you join?

Bounen Kaigi 2007 report (2)

The first part of Bounen Kaigi report is here

Hosts’ topics

Co-hosts talked which net services they are interested in recently, their own project plans for 2008.

Sponsor corner

From all attendee’s votes for “The Kanji letter of 2007”, Yahoo! Japan guys chose a letter “Warai”(langh, smile).

Warai

The 4 voters for “Warai” played “Janken” (Rock, Paper, Scissors) to win a prize, SoftBank(*1) Cellphone 913SH G TYPE-CHAR, Char Aznable’s custom version(*2).

Zaku Phone

(*1) SoftBank, the 3rd share in cellularphone carrier in Japan, owns over 40% share of Yahoo! Japan, which is higher than US Yahoo! Inc’s 33%.

(*2) “Char Aznable” is a popular character in animation “Gunzam”. Its battery-charger is robot(mobile-suit)-head shape. This ridiculously expensive limited model was sold out in spite of its price, 130,000 yen (1200 USD).

Zentai Kaigi(everyone’s discussion)

The last, and probably the most important session is, as always, Zentai Kaigi. all attendee were teamed up by 6 people to make up a new net service idea to tuckle a challenge.

The challenge was to think about new innovative service by filling up lacked part to this sentence,

There are much more conferences and unconferences actively held in 2007 lead by networks on social network services, weblogs and movie-shared sites. Now, at the end of 2008, you are looking back that your accidentally invented meeting-support-service caused all the rage, made people have 20 times more conferences than before.

This revolutionary service, (________), solved the typical (________) problem on meeting by (______ing) with utilizing (________) on the net.

Discussion Time in Bounen Kaigi 2007

1st prize was given to the team “Cancel wo dogenkasento ikan”, which adds user-reputation review system on top of study meeting management system, to be able to exclude habitual “no-show” applicants.

“Dogenkasento ikan” is one of 2007’s buzzword, which is Miyazaki prefecture dialect means “must solve by any means”.

Bounenkai of Bounen Kaigi

After-party was held at Izakaya (Japanese style bar) in Roppongi with around 7-80 attendee. Every year-end, this after-party has been deepening exchanges among entrepreneurs, engineers, marketers and other influencers.

See Also:

Yahoo! Japan part detail report by BroadBand Watch [J]

Event report: Bounen Kaigi 2007 (a lot of pictures) [J]