Yahoo! Messenger [J] To Shut Down

Yahoo! Japan announced [J] that it would terminate its messenger service “Yahoo! Messenger” at 3 p.m. on March 26, 2014.


Yahoo! Messenger was one of the most popular messenger services for Japanese Internet users, competed against Skype and MSN Messenger. (MSN Messenger, aka Windows Live Messenger, was also stopped after Microsoft got Skype)


Yahoo! Japan and U.S. Yahoo! are/were not the same company, used different account system. As a result of that, Yahoo! Messengers are also different between English and Japanese, which means English Yahoo! Messenger users could not chat with Japanese Yahoo! Messenger users, different from MSN Messenger and Skype.

Yahoo! Japan commented that the number of the active users is drastically decreasing recently, makes them difficult to maintain the service.

The end of the announcement page guided the users to migrate to three other communication services Yahoo! Japan provides, mobile messenger Kakao Talk (Yahoo! Japan jointly invested Kakako Talk Japan), free web mail Yahoo! Mail(which is again not the U.S. Yahoo! Mail) and recently released smartphone e-mail app Yahoo! Communication Mail.

The decreasing of the active users must be primarily by Line’s growth. mobile messenger service Line is taking 50 million domestic users.

Yahoo! Messenger [J] To Shut Down

Limited Edition LINE Character Models By BE@RBRICK On Sale

Medicom Toy, Inc. [J] collaborates with characters from “LINE” [J], LINE, Inc.’s [J] messaging application, with their figure series BE@RBRICK [J], and the limited model “BE@RBRICK LINE” is now for sale at [J].

“BE@RBRICK” is an action figure series featuring bear figures, and already they have collaborated with many corporations and brand names.  The “BE@RBRICK LINE” released this time has LINE characters Moon, Brown, Coney, and James designed by BE@RBRICK, and as well as 4 types of regular size with overall height 70 mm, there is also a 280 mm tall big size “BE@RBRICK LINE Brown 400%.”  Prices are 1575 yen for the regular size and 8190 yeh for the “BE@RBRICK LINE Brown 400%.”

(C)LINE/ShoPro/TV TOKYO BE@RBRICK TM & (C) 2001-2013 MEDICOM TOY CORPORATION. All rights reserved.


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LINE Stamp Characters Appear In New Animated TV Series

NHN Japan, Inc. [J] has announced the broadcast of the animated TV series “LINE TOWN,” featuring popular characters from their free smartphone calling and mail application “LINE,” on Tokyo TV Channel 6, starting from Wednesday April 3rd at 6:30 PM.  This is the second time that LINE characters have been animated.

“LINE TOWN” [J] is an anime series in which Moon, Coney, Brown, James, Jessica, and Sally, the well-known characters from LINE Stamp, play out their human emotions in the setting of “Line Town.”  Already from January of this year the 5 minute short animation “LINE OFLINE ~Salary Man~” has been broadcast on Tokyo TV, but “LINE TOWN” fills a 30 minute time slot from 6:30 to 7:00 PM.  Also it is planned to be rerun on BS Japan starting from April 9th and air every week on Tuesday from 5:00 to 5:30 PM.  What’s more, the opening and ending theme are both directed by the renowned Nakagawa Shoko.


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