Smartphone Fasting Camp to be Held This Summer in Japan

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Mainichi reports that Hyogo prefecture is to run a 5 days boot camp for smartphone addicted children in August.

Kids are still allowed to bring their smartphone, but they are kept in one place, and only be usable between 30 to 60 minutes at night when kids can not stand.

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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Twitter Japan Begins Adboard in Central Tokyo

Twitter Japan(@TwitterJP) announced that it started signboard ads for passengers using Shimbashi station for one months.

This one says “Twitter knows the buzzed news.”

“When Twitter is telling you it is buzzed, it is surely buzzed on Twitter.”

Around Shimbashi station, special printing newspaper style paper ad with the title “News Now” are distributed to people.

Shimbashi station, around 2 kilometers south of Tokyo station, is the country’s first train station since 1872. Four train companies are connected and stopped by about 450,000 passengers. The station is thought as a typical “salaryman”(white collar worker men) place.

Vending Machine Talks to Employees in President’s Voice

Japanese beverage distributor Dydo Drinco (TSE: 2590) jointly invented president-message speaking vending machine with Kyoto-based Taxi company MK Co..

translation by Asiajin
translation by Asiajin

The release shows some voice message samples. When you throw in coins, it says “Yes, adjust your cloths and make smile”. When the can is served, it might speak “Thank you as always”.

6 of the vending machine with the MK’s president voice are installed at 5 of their branches.

1960 established MK Co. is known as an industry disruptor, filed lawsuits against government to lower price than other companies in the region.

According to 47 News, Dydo is to sell it to other companies as a tool to enhance in-company communications.

via 47 news and Dydo Drinco release [J, pdf]

All Japanese Stocks Jump Up 10000% on Google Search

[Update] It seems fixed now (21:40 31th)

Google’s instant stock search feature, one of the quick search results shown at the top of search results page, has been showing ten-thousandfold high price for stock prices on Japanese market today.

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(Nintendo stock on Google and Yahoo! Japan Finance)

American stocks seem to be okay. Only Japanese stocks seem to be affected.

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It has been showing the wrong prices since around the open of the market, 9 a.m. of Japan Standard Time, and has not been fixed 8 hours so far.

Here is the one of the first tweets by whom noticed and shared.