Two e-commerce giants Rakuten and Amazon Japan have been discounting their shipping cost for free even your purchase is just few dollars since mid 2009 . Both of them, and some other follower online book sellers have been bleeding by extending their free shipping campaign.
Now On November 1st 2010, Amazon Japan declared [J] that they will keep this free shipping service as default. No end date any more.
This free shipping is applied for books/CD/DVD, daily commodities, health care products and food sold by Amazon (except Amazon Market Place stores).
Tokyo-based UserLocal Inc., which is known by its free and paid tools for website traffic analysis both for PC and mobile access in Japan, launched a new analytic tool for free specialized for social networking application (Facebook and major three Japanese social networking services – Mixi, Gree and Mobage-Town) platforms both in English and Japanese.
As well as their web analysis service User Insight, AppTraq provides visitors’ demographics such like age, gender and location. Their popular mobile analytic service Ugokuhito‘s user data might contribute the accuracy of the data for mobile.
UserLocal’s president Masao Itoh, who is also known as a young serial web entrepreneur – which is very rare in Japan as successful founders tend to stay as a CEO for good, answered to Asiajin inquiry, “We have good amount of user data for Japanese websphere collected by our PC and mobile services, and that makes our demographic data usable. This time we are expanding this to English market.”
The service is provided for free even for huge traffic service over 50 million page views, which cannot be covered for free by competitors like Google Analytics.
UserLocal’s Release [En]
Like Google US offers free WiFi in 47 airports, Google Japan announced 30 minutes free WiFi gift everyday for mobile users, at three chainshops, Tully’s Coffee, Pronto coffee/bar and Lotteria hamburger in populated areas [J] from November 30th to February 28th.
On this campaign [J] to promote Google services (you need to register with your mail, and click a banner ads by Google about Google Japan themselves), Google cooperates with NTT-Broadband Platform(NTT-BP)’s paid WiFi network Wifine [J]. Wifine also provides free access which limits town-guide websites, but for this one, you can enjoy all the internet for 30 minutes. If you have two mobile gadget, 30 minutes for each.
NTT-BP side’s release [J]