“Hatsune Miku” Hits Hong Kong, Taiwan, With “Miku Pa♪” Live Concerts

Hatsune Miku Hong Kong and Taiwan executive committe has announced that they will hold “Miku Pa♪”, vocaloid Hatsune Miku’s concerts at Hong Kong and Taiwan.  They have also opened an Exclusive Site. [J]

Hatsune Miku’s concerts held in foreign countries include “MIKUNOPOLIS” in Los Angeles on July 2nd 2011, and this will be the 2nd and third time continuing from the first“Miku Pa♪” in Singapore on November 11th, 2011.  It will be held in Hong Kong on October 2nd at KITEC Star Hall, and in Taiwan on October 6th at Taipeishow (Taipei Show Hall 2).  Both will have two public performances in one day, daytime and at night, and ticket reservation is planned to commence from July 12th.

“Hatsune Miku” Miku’s Nichi Dai Kanshasai (Big Japanese Thanksgiving) 2 Days Complete BOX (First Time built-to-order limited edition) [Blu-ray]

Hatsune Miku Concert Saigo No Miku No Nichi Kanshasai (Last of Miku’s Japan Thanksgiving) [Blu-ray]

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Nobu-nyaga’s Ambition Steps Into Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

Koei Tecmo [J] has made a contract with Taiwan’s Cayenne Entertainment Tchnology and have announced that they will develop their currently offered social game “Nobu-nyaga’s Ambition” for Yahoo! Mobage and Mobage in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.

Koei Tecmo has also until now been developing joint service under management license contract for “Age of Discovery Online” and “Dynasty Warriors Online” with Cayenne in the same regions.  This time Cayenne will handle the management of “Nobu-nyaga’s Ambition” on location.  Already a Teaser Site [C] and a Facebook Page [C] have been opened, and the cat generals appearing in the game and game system are introduced.  Furthermore the Chinese version title of “Nobu-nyaga’s Ambition” has been adapted for language using Chinese characters only as “信猫之野望.”

Nobu-nayaga’s Ambition walkthrough guide Cat Book of Heraldry [J]

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Wiki Covering 11 Countries: Digital Media Across Asia

Here is some recommended reading, probably of value for just about everybody reading Asiajin: in 2007, Students at Singapore Management University have created a wiki called “Digital Media Across Asia”, which now covers a total of eleven countries (in English), namely:

On the site, the wiki is being called the “world’s most comprehensive wiki dedicated to digital media throughout Asia”, and I think this could well be true.

The wiki is updated 2-3 times per year (only the students themselves and faculty can edit it), and it’s a great resource for country-specific information on social networks, mobile, search engines, video sharing platforms, etc. etc.

Japan’s Itochu Invests In Hong Kong And Taiwanese E-Commerce Sites

Major Japanese trading (and Fortune 500) company Itochu is making a foray into the Asian e-commerce space. According to The Nikkei, Itochu made two investments recently, having bought into Hong Kong-based online shopping company Fortune Link (website is currently down) and Taiwan-based PChome.

About 10% of each of these sites have been acquired by Itochu, The Nikkei reports. What’s interesting is that the Japanese company seems to have made the investments with the Chinese market in mind.

For example, Fortune Link has built up a an express delivery network in China with the local (state-owned) postal services to get orders to customers faster. The site’s core business is to sell brand name products to Chinese online shoppers. Itochu plans to supply clothing, cosmetics and other apparel to Fortune Link and plans to have a total of 10,000 of such items listed in six months.

PChome, one of Taiwan’s biggest online shopping portals, currently offers more than 3 million different items (Alexa says it’s Taiwan’s No. 12 website overall). Itochu is reportedly planning to support PChome’s entry into other parts of Asia by taking over product procurement.

Japan’s CyberAgent Sets Up $22.7 Million Fund For Startups In East Asia

CyberAgent's Logo

The more you talk with Japanese VCs and entrepreneurs these days, the more you hear “China” as the next target for investing money or establishing a subsidiary. Now Japanese web behemoth CyberAgent (listed at the Tokyo Stock Exchange) says it has set up a fund exclusively focused on web startups in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other places in East Asia.

The fund is sized at $22.7 million, which isn’t really big by Silicon Valley standards but a pretty handsome sum for a Japanese company. CyberAgent says the fund will be established early next year, with CyberAgent itself contributing a quarter of the total size of the fund. The rest will be kicked in by other companies, the majority of which are operating in the Internet space.

The target startups operate in the e-commerce and content production fields and can expect to get close to $1 million each once CyberAgent and its partners decide to invest in them each. CyberAgent personnel in Beijing and Shanghai would then be ready to provide some hands-on support.

The fund is expected to grow to over $45 million given there’s enough demand. It will have a maturity of seven years.

Via Nikkei [registration required, paid subscription]