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Here is the first half of January Japanese IT/Web interesting news links we did not take as a dedicated article. (part 2 is here)
Referred pages are all in Japanese, unless otherwise noted.
- Cellphone Shipments In Japan Drops The Lowest Level In 5 Years – 2009 3Q
- Liberal Democratic Party launches Internet video channel, J-Channel
- Bijin Tokei 2D (2-dimensional, Anime) version collaborated with Pixiv
- Bijin Tokei goes on TV in Kansai, 5 minutes program
- Bijin Tokei Voice Actress Version released
- New Service Namings Name What You Often Experience But Does Not Have Name
- Nippon TV (channel 4 in Tokyo) had Twitter teaching program on new years holiday
- Tweeting National Diet Member (and ex-fashion model) Renho asked how to use Nintendo DS illegal dongle for her son
- Love Plus AR cards were sold by 100,000 yen on Yahoo! Auction
- Ameba Celebrities’ password were posted in Excel on their blogs
- CyberAgent release on their Ameba password leak incident [pdf]
- A maid hair salon was opened in Taipei (Not Tokyo)
- Anime “Eden of the East” AR events are held in Tokyo
- Nippon TV will broadcast a new entertainment program interacts with Twitter users
- Mixi Introduced MySpace-like Personal Page Decoration Feature For PC
- CyberAgent starts illustration mashup community AmebaPACO
- MSN Sankei News starts enabling users to reproduce the news footage pictures on their blogs without permission.
- Rakuten, Yahoo Japan, Mixi and more teamed up for promoting e-commerce industry.
- Motion Portrait introduces HourFace, the iPhone app allows you to see how you will look like when you get older.
- Niconico DVD – NicoNico comments overlay on Your Watching DVD
- A Japan’s real estate portal releases a GPS-enabled iPhone app showing the average price of apartment rent cost classfied by town.
- NTT Docomo started mobile cartoon service for India’s Tata DoCoMo cellphone subscribers.
- Yahoo! Japan phishing suspects arrested.
- NTT Communications invests in Swiss online language learning site.
- Latest i-mode browsers are reported to cause security leak with old-style mobile site
- CyberAgent released the iPhone app allowing you to browse Ameba blog posts.
- Bikini Liquor Shop.
- OGC2010 Web/Game Conference Feb 17th
- Mr. & Mrs. Ukigawa, who are well-known for having invented a Japanese front-end processor(FEP), quit the company they’ve founded and launch a new company to develop user-friendly application platforms.
- Livedoor launched TechWave, an IT-oriented blog moderated by former Jiji Press tech correspondent Tsuruaki Yukawa, and Market Hack, an alternative investment-oriented blog by financial expert Takao Hirose.
- Naver’s Storage Service N Drive
- YouTube announces the grand prix winner of YouTube Video Awards Japan 2009.
- Kenko.com launched an English-language version.
- Contactless smardcard “FeliCa” for the iPhone to be introduced in Japan. Flight System Consulting, Focal Computer and Morphie are jointly developing it. [pdf]
- Flight System Consulting just released the iPhone app enabling your tweet by speech.
- Programmers’ friend Potechi-no-te – magic hands for potato tips
- Ascii-Art assist service for Twitter AA Hoshu
- NTT Docomo announces its own Android App Market for the coming new Sony Ericsson device
- GMO Payment Gateway to start Payment Service for Social Apps
- Navar Japan N Drive adds iPhone and Mac support
- Evernote opens Japanese site and declares Japanese localization is under way
- CoroPura Starts Another Location Based Social Game on Mobage Town
- Taiko no Tatsujin Goes On iPhone
- David Meerman Scott interviews @masakiishitani about Japanese Twitter scene
- Web game company AQInteractive aquires LinkThink(WebKare)
- Yahoo! Japan and others’ guide for children internet usage recommend parents to allow PC first
- iPad page on Apple Japan does not have iBooks
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Love Plus[J] is a virtual dating simulation game, which was developed by Konami for Nintendo DS and went on sale at the beginning of this month. This game title attracts an enormous number of game geeks, especially among the “herbivorous“-typed boys, living around the country, and more than 47,000 packages were sold just in three days after its release. It is the best hit for the game development industry for the first time in long years.
Unlike the other dating game titles ever introduced have been designed to entertain you by giving you a chance to seduce an avatar girl in the game, Love Plus is basically for experiencing events to be happened after being a couple with her. In order to attract the players for long days, the game was intentionally designed as to make them enjoy daily routines with a virtual girlfriend, Konami says.
The player is set as a high school boy who just has moved to a city. Then he will make friends with three scholar-athlete girls. In synchronization with our “real” time of the day, the player will be allowed to enjoy daily events including dating with her.
A housewife posted a comment on a major newspaper’s bulletin board website last week, she complained her husband got addicted to the game. “He’s always chatting with a virtual girl through a screen, as though he were dating with her. As his wife, I can’t stand it any more.” The game title is not specified in her post, but everybody supposes it must be Love Plus because of the date when it has been posted.
Some people says, they reply to an e-mail from an avatar girl of the game prior to doing so for their “real” girlfriends. This game addict may accelerate the tendency to put off “real” marriage and cause lower birth rate in our “real” community.
Via: J-CAST News[J], Sankei Shimbun[J] and IT Media Gamez[J]
McDonald’s Japan[J] teamed up with Nintendo, and today it launches a new service allowing Nintendo DS users to download Pokemon avatars, evaluation copies of game software and discount coupon for the humburger meals for free via WiFi access points installed at 3,200 McDonalds shops in Japan, which is 85% of the entire fast food chain.
Both companies used to operate a free content distribution service for Nintendo DS users at limited number of Mcdonald’s shops on experimental basis, and to investigate whether the service give them any benefit in teｒms of calling in more minor guests and raising the profile of the game device. They judged it’s ok to go and decided to switch the service into full-scale operation.
Today we have many mobile devices that can access to the internet thorugh it’s wi-fi function or cellular data network. Here is a summary for number of sales of major devices; Global market and Japanese market.
- iPhone 3G
3mil.（ As of Aug. 11）
- iPhone (2G+3G）
8mil.（ As of Sep.1）
- Nintendo DS
77.54mil.（As of July 30）
Source: 1 2[J]
41mil.（As of the end of June）
- Mobile Handsets
1.15bil.（Number sold in 2007）
Source: 1[J] 2
The orginal article was written in Japanse by IDEA*IDEA.