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).


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]

Bounen Kaigi 2007 report (1)

The 5th annual year-end conference “Bounen Kaigi 2007” was held at Yahoo! Japan meeting room, Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi, Tokyo. This year’s sponser is Yahoo! Japan.

Tokyo Midtown Roppongi

Bounen Kaigi, which name is an original word made from “Bounenkai”(year-forgetting party in Japanese) and “Kaigi”(meeting, conference) started in December 2003, by Gen Taguchi, the owner of the most influent net business Japanese blog 100shiki, and Daiya Hashimoto, a famous book review blogger (Jyoho Kogaku Passion for The Future).

Bounen Kaigi

Noticable Net Services in 2007

The first part of the conference is the Taguchi/Hashimoto’s 10 noticable websites picks.

  1. NicoNico Douga/Zisoku Nicometer Movie CGM service and its ranking
  2. Nounai Maker – Online Generator of your brain-image for fun
  3. Girl of Summer/Ustream – video aggregation mashup using Ustream
  4. Hatena Tokumei Diary - anoymous group blog by Hatena
  5. iKnow Social Network for English learner
  6. twitter
  7. tumblr
  8. Picnik
  9. Kiva
  10. Ren-ai 575 user generated Senryu(Japanese style short poem) BBS


They collected online-vote from their readers and chose interesting sites from the list. These are NOT the most popular websites in Japan, but rather sites which are getting attention by early adaptors. Some of them may be bigger in 2008.

Yahoo! Japan’s 2007 top keywords and other trend

Yahoo! Japan’s employee explained the most searched words 2007.

They also disclosed some number of search trends around Mixi, Mobage-town, Kao Cheki, Purofu, celebrity search, etc.