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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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.

Photo Tweet A Minute Before Today’s Volcano Eruption Worried

A Japanese hiker @setori_ tweeted with a photo around a crater on Mt. Ontake, Nagano.

The tweet’s time 11:52 a.m is just one minute before the mountain erupted. There are no newer tweets from this person and Japanese web users are anxious.

[Update]

Video by another hiker is uploaded on YouTube.

Public TV NHK used this video on their news tonight.

[Update 2]

According to @cooliceco, @setori_ posted a tweet saying that she safely came back from the mountain, but then she removed her account. (if believe the screenshots)

There are several accounts with name @setori_(digits) claiming that she is the original hiker opened a new account, but all seem fake and trolling.

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Yahoo! Japan To Move Its Office From Roppongi To Kioi-cho

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Yahoo! Japan, the nation’s largest web service company, announced[J] today June 19 that it will migrate its office to a new office/hotel building which has been being constructed at where Akasaka Prince Hotel was there before.

Its expanding business seems to make it require more space. The new Yahoo! Japan office starting from May 2016 will occupy 20 floors among 24 office floors in the total 38 story building.

Roppongi is one of the most favored place by Web companies and start-ups in Tokyo. And the one reason is definitely because Yahoo! Japan is in Roppongi Mid-town. Although the move is planned 2 years in future, this may affect other web companies office planning under and around the Yahoo’s eco-system.

The new location is about 2 kilometer north, between the Imperial palace and Crown Prince’s Palace. It is across the street from Hotel New Otani Tokyo.

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NHK Starts News Program Interacts With Twitter Messages By Watchers

In Japan, April is the start of school year, and many TV programs also begin this season. Japan’s public broadcasting network NHK began weekday midnight news program News Web 24 [J] works with the popular Internet service, Twitter.

# The 24 in “News Web 24” means 24 o’clock, means 00:00, which is often used in Japan to point hours after midnight when you think it belongs to the day before, especially on TV and bars/restaurants.

The 25 minutes news program on Monday to Friday features 5 commentators rising around Japanese web scene, like freelance journalist Daisuke Tsuda and writer Kenrou Hayamizu.

The program shows watchers’ feedback from hash-tagged tweets, overlay-ed. According to 2-channel, NHK watchers’ board, the first day’s show once displayed “Tweet on TV is disturbing” by @yanpscoop (image below).

Although net-savvies like 2-channel users chucked off this attempt as senior-citizen’s friend NHK playing down to younger watchers, their picking up this tweet is interesting and good. I can not think NHK is streaming all raw tweets with the hashtag, of course they must be manually filtering which tweets they put on.