Google Japan’s office in Skyscraper had a Small Fire

NHK reported [J] that the 30th office in Roppongi Hills’s Mori Tower had a minor fire burnt some carpet and card board boxes before 9 a.m. today November 27th.

Floors between 26th and 30th are used by Google Japan. (office visit report by AKIRA DRIVE)

Roppongi Hills is one of the Japanese IT centers, having Apple Japan, Gree, etc.

[Update] Sankei’s follow-up [J] tells that the cause might be a crystal ball in the Google Japan’s office. Crystal Ball!? Do they need to predict something by crystal reading?

[Update 2] Google Japan PR denied their having crystal ball in their office in reply to Sports Hochi [J]. Hochi says that the crystal ball info was from Azabu police department.

Japanese Government Warns Google Around Its New Privacy Policy

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications(MIC) and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI) announced [J] on February 29 that they jointly notified to Google that its privacy policy which would be newly introduced on March 1 must respect laws and regulations, also inform users the change well.

Google, as well as on other countries and regions, has been asking Japanese users to read its new integrated, cross-service privacy policy.

Google Chrome Promotion With Hatsune Miku

Like US Google featuring Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, Google Japan chose the most popular singer on Japanese web, virtual singing tool Hatsune Miku, a 61 seconds video which praises all involved creators.

The playing count does not move up from 309, which might be from Japanese word-play 3(=Mi) 9(=ku). You may check the stats of the video and see it is played heavily now in Japan.

Unofficial home ground of Hatsune Miku movement Nico Nico Douga, from where most of videos really come, does not appear in the video, probably because YouTube is a competitor of Nico Nico Douga in Japan.

” Hatsune Miku ” is a virtual singer who can sing any song that anybody composes.

It has made a massive impact on all creators through the web.
They, inspired by her songs, have published their original works
not only in the field of music, but in illustration, video,
CG, cosplay, live performance and dance.

Besides over 30,000 original tracks, many more works are
still being released over the web.

Feel the possibilities of the web through the social phenomenon caused by million craetors.

“Tell Your World” / livetune feat. Hatsune Miku
Lyrics・Music: kz

 Grasp the phrase I happen to be humming
 Spread secret words of the heart into the sky

 I want to tell you
 I want to give you
 Nodes of feelings forms a link
 Connecting everything. Connecting to everywhere

This film was created with the support of CRYPTON FUTURE MEDIA Inc,
SEGA, and many creators and fans from all around the world.

See Also:

Asiajin » Computer-Synthesized Vocal Album Tops The Japanese Chart First In History

Asiajin » tagged articles with Hatsune Miku

Google Chrome: Lady Gaga for Japan

Google Chrome: Justin Bieber for Japan

Google Japan Launches Minna no Business Online, Free Website Hosting For Small-Mid Business

Minna no Business Online (=business for everyone online) is a newly released web hosting service by Google in Japan, today on September 13 2011.

The site is, very different from typical Google web services, not under google domains but have its own jp domain (minbiz.jp), designed with vivid red, like the color which is used by the nation’s largest e-commerce mall Rakuten [J].

Features they post on the top page are:

  • Easy for everyone to build
  • Free for 1 year
  • Specialized designs for many industry categories
  • Your own domain

On your registration, you will be asked a new domain name you want to use, from the selection of “.jp”, “.com”, “.net”, “.org”, “.biz” and “.info”, which covers most top level domains Japanese companies usually choose.

You may choose about 100 different designs from 14 categories of industry. At the end of registration process, you need to receive an automatic phone call to get authenticated (that you are a real shop owner).

Google’s motivations for the service seem on 2 points. Firstly, this service will start charging after 1 year, for example with “.jp” domain, 1,470 yen (US$19) per month. The other part is the site guides the new website owners to its advertising platform, AdWords.

Google’s commercial film is up on YouTube,

“Free website building in 15 minutes”

The partner page shows that Google Japan is collaborating with some others. KDDI, 2nd largest cellphone carrier, and its subsidiary KDDI Communications who has been running website builder/hosting Jimdo in Japan. Actually, design choosing form on the Minbiz’s registration process is on Jimdo site.

Extra-governmental Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation and NPO IT Coordinators Association [J] are also on the partners list.

The first case studies are introduced on the site. There Google took a small island Kouzusima, and let some small business owners make their first websites.

via Google Japan Blog

Chrome Music Mixer – Google Japan Lets You Mix “Happy Birthday”

Google Japan launches a new service “Chrome Music Mixer” [J] to promote Google Chrome browser.

# may only play inside Japan

You may choose four tracks of music video from a lot of prepared sessions, let them play on four YouTube windows.

Step 1: choose the main track from five – telephone talk, steel pans, string quartet, human beatbox and bluesharp

Step 2: choose the rest three tracks from 17 choices from regular instruments like guitar/drums/flute/keyboard/etc. to skateboard, baloons, rice-frying sound.

Step 3: Name it, then play!

Here is my Asiajin mix “Happy Birthday” with human beatbox, baloons, skateboard and fried rice making sound.

Caution: As Google Japan says, it is recommended to play the four-YouTube music with over 20 Mbps bandwidth, Flash Player version 10 on major browsers.

The service is on http://www.morewithgoogle.jp/, which promotes Google services to Japanese users with videos.