AllAbout Launches Non-Japanese AllAbout Japan for Foreign Visitors

AllAbout Inc., AllAbout Inc., a Japanese company which originally started as a joint-venture between Recruit and US About.com, running All About in Japanese, announced today [J] September 29th that its multi language sites AllAbout Japan, initially with English.

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According to the release, the site will have original articles by 500 Japan expert foreign writers, who both live in and outside Japan. The site is planned to get Chinese, Korean and Thai localization.

AllAbout Inc. is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange JASDAQ market. Major shareholders are the largest printing company Dai Nippon Printing(DNP), Recruit Holdings and Yahoo! Japan.

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Foreigners Guide For Earthquake Offered In Over 28 Languages

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies students began a new web translation site, a basic guide of what you should and should not do if you see another afterquakes for non-Japanese people in (at this point) 28 languages.

The original guide was not from official, but gathered from tweets of Japanese people, many of who advised from their experiences on past big earthquakes like in Kobe, Niigata, etc.

This project started from just one TUFS university student from statement on Twitter. Since the magic of twitter, a large number of people turned into strong supporters who built up number of teams to make all the translation, more than 24 languages. Thanks to everyone who support this project.

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English Guide For Nico Nico Douga, Part 2: How To Use

We explained how to register for Japanese video sharing site Nico Nico Douga in English here (click here for a list of all Nico Nico articles we’ve written so far).

This quick guide should explains Nico Nico’s main features and how to actually get around the site (ignore our older guide). Nico Nico has changed a lot over the past months, having added live streaming, apps, a manga section etc. – too much to cover the now massive site in a blog post.

Nico Nico is still being used mostly for clips, which is why we focus on the “videos” section in the following. (Note: Unlike YouTube, you can’t view videos on Nico Nico without being logged in.)

Please click on the screengrabs to enlarge them.

Screen 1 (Nico Nico top page, viewed as a logged-in user):

Screen 2 (videos section – what you see after clicking the “videos” category on the top left on the top page):


Screen 3 (video display):

English Guide For Nico Nico Douga, Part 1: How To Register

It’s been a while since we explained how English speaking users can set up an account for Japan’s super-popular video sharing site Nico Nico Douga (click here for a list of all Nico Nico articles we’ve written so far). A few things changed in the registration process, which is why we thought it’s a good idea to give you a new guide (so please ignore the older version).

(Note: Unlike YouTube, you can’t view videos on Nico Nico without being logged in.)

Please follow the instructions given in English in the screengrabs below to register for the site (click on the pictures to enlarge them). Learn how to use Nico Nico Douga here.

Screen 1 (starting page for logged-out/new users):

Screen 2 (choose between premium and free account):

Screen 3 (email address form – note: hotmail and other services didn’t work, Gmail did):

Screen 4 (registration):

Screen 5 (confirmation):

Screen 6 (notification):

Screen 7 (registration complete – you land here after you click on the link provided in the email):

Screen 8 (Nico Nico top page, logged in as new member):

You’re done!

Again, click here for a guide (in English) on how to use Nico Nico Douga in Japanese.