“Worst Busters” Project To Reform The Worst Of Japan With Smartphone Apps

Omoshiro Houjin Kayac Inc. [J] has announced that they will begin Worst Busters, [J] a project that will, using an application, reform the worst areas in the 47 prefectures of Japan, by their collaboration with 1192 Inc. [J].

“Worst Busters” is a project to take on what 1992 has deemed the “worst” of society as a challenge of communication, and to tailor policies and ideas and offer suggestions for ways to solve the problems of society.  This time with the collaboration between 1992 and Kayac, they are directing their focus on the prefectures of Japan and will make suggestions of various policies and ideas using smartphones for resolution techniques.  Also, they are announcing one part of their ideas on their accompanying site to kick off the project.  The currently announced Worst Busters ideas are as follows.

・ Social buried treasure map

Osaka is the worst in terms of spending money! (source: household finances survey yearly report H15)  The expression means it would be good to search for buried treasure by yourself.

・Self-development promotion app

Ibaragi’s worst point is “Prefecture with no charm”!  (source: “region brand 2009” survey result)  This expression means that if you have self-confidence you will appear more charming to others.

・Photo posting app

Shimane’s worst is “I have no idea where I am!” (source: goo ranking).  The expression means let’s upload lots of pictures of good places in Shimane.

There are various worsts for other prefectures too, and Kayac and 1992 aim to reform the world with apps and continue putting out many more ideas from here on.  Furthermore they are recruiting individuals and corporations who sympathize with the ideas of this app and are helping to reform the world together.

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“Tap Ninja” Released By Kayac For iOS

Omoshiro Houjin Kayac
has released “Tap Ninja,” an iOS dashing action game app.  Download is free.

“Tap Ninja” is an action game where you control a ninja running through the night streets as you tap the screen.  While defeating enemies and avoiding obstacles, you aim for high score by acquiring coins and by your distance run.  Things that stand in the way of the ninja’s path include enemy ninjas and animals, flames and boulders; tap the screen to kill enemies while jumping over obstacles, pick up fallen coins, and aim for the distance.  Score up by completing missions, and compete with friends on the leader board.

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[Update 2012-07-13] There was a misspell. Kayak is an US web service. Kayac is the one in Japan and released Tap Ninja.

Kayac Releases iPhone App For Sharing Leftover Food

Kayac [J] has released “ZangPang,” an iPhone application for sharing leftover food.  Download is free.

“ZangPang” is an app based on the concept “Share with everyone what you can’t finish.”  With this social sharing platform for publicly announcing leftover food, when you unintentionally order too much food at a restaurant, you post information and photos of the leftover food on “ZangPang,” and you can get people who want to eat to come and finish.  Kayac aims to preserve the environment and reduce the chances of wasting food through this application.

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Classic “Pokeberu”(Pager) Game Now On iPhone

Omoshiro Houjin Kayac [J] has released the game app “Pokebell” for iOS.  Download is free.

“Pokeberu” is a fast hitting game app based on the classic gadget, pager (or beeper) which was a big hit in the time when cell phones weren’t as commonplace.  You quickly push the buttons displayed on the screen and input words, and there are over 100 kinds of words proposed as questions.  It’s supported by Apple’s Gamecenter, you can compete with friends for ranking, and it’s also possible to post the Pokeberu screen up on Twitter and facebook.

Omosiro Houjin Kayac Company Guide  [J]

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Kayac Releases Smartphone Transportation Game “Go Go Cargo” For North America

KAYAC Inc.[J] has released a smartphone transportation game application called “Go Go Cargo” for North America, and it’s a free download at App Store and also Android Market.

“GO GO CARGO” is a simulation game in which the player serves as an operator of an express company and delivers the requested load by designing a transportation route across the tracks. As each designed delivery route carries a load more efficiently, the delivery area is expanded, with the goal of becoming the “transportation king.” They are going to add actual US’ places in the map.

“Unity” is a game engine for developers.
A map and GUI (graphical user interface) that lets you use many scenes simultaneously and control multiple cameras. Particle physics bring the track to life, with train smoke and a lively town that looks real.

The fundamental way of playing of GO GO CARGO
1) Choose Quest, choose a load and its delivery route, and send a load to the destination.
2) If a load is successful, you earn experience and money. If a delivery route is designed well, you get bonuses such as better gas consumption.
3) The map of the delivery area can be reset for each new attempt.
4) Try to clear the entire delivery area.

GO GO CARGO features
Try to make the best designed track across all areas, such as price, speed, load size, and other aspects.
A maximum of 32 tracks can be owned.
If you have a friend, you can work toward common goals and use each other’s maps.
Your friends can earn experience and reliance points, which can increase their rank to get additional bonuses and gifts.
You can also customize the different towns by bringing decorations to them on the train. You can plan your towns freely after each trip.
You can earn many titles, but only the best can become the Transportation King.

Android https://market.android.com/details?id=com.kayac.gogocargo
iPhone http://itunes.apple.com/app/id469051412?mt=8