January 2010 Japan-IT Links (part 1)

Last week our RSS subscribers passed over 5,000, which is a good milestone. Twitter followers also increased to 400. Following @asiajin also will notify our latest articles. Thank you so much.

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.

If you want to know any specific news more, but unable to find them in other English blog/media, please let us know.

As you see, we know a lot things to write but contributors time are limited. So we are looking for authors. We will help Japanese research/reading part so do not worry if your Japanese is not perfect.

We also want sponsorship to keep this group blog. Ideal if from Japanese companies because our initial motivation was to introduce them to non-Japanese web. Problem is we only write in English and they do not check English sites 🙂 If you know them please suggest us to them!

Event Wrap-up: Asiajin Readers Meet-up In Taipei

Asiajin held a readers meet-up event in Taipei on Sunday. Several Taiwanese geeks reading our blog came together for networking, and exchanged their perspective on the tech scenes of Taiwan and Japan with Asiajin contributors Akky, Shunichi and Masaru.

Here’s a summary of what we were talking about and what we’ve learned.

  • Micro-blog services such as Plurk and Twitter have regional characteristic in the level of service activity and user engagement.
  • What are Taiwan’s most popular web service top 100.
  • Japanese Internet users prefer to write about what they eat for lunch on their blogs.
  • In Taiwan, you have to expose your face on your blog in order to make your readers believe you. Otherwise, the readers consider you as being irresponsible for your words.
  • Forum is the most popular part of the Taiwanese Blogosphere as well as that of Mainland China.
  • Taiwanese entrepreneurs Jerry Yang (Yahoo!’s co-founder), Steve Chen (YouTube’s co-founder) and Kai-Fu Lee (the founding president of Google China) – All moved from Taiwan to the U.S. in their early days. Most of the meet-up participants believe Taiwan has not born the talented web business players, but the U.S. education system has highly contributed to it.
  • Most of Taiwanese job sites have numbers in their domain names.
  • Taiwanese domestic tech market is so small that Taiwanese start-ups make their interest move into the global common platforms such as Facebook and the iPhone.
  • Approximately a half of all Internet traffic in Taiwan is dominated by Taiwanese Yahoo!(雅虎奇摩)[C]. That’s why it’s so hard for new start-ups to be launched and survive.
  • You need to get an ICP license to launch a website in Mainland China. And you’ll be also ordered to place servers physically in the country to be authorized by the Chinese government.
  • A micro social network service in Mainland China, Renjian (人间网, meaning human being. Inaccessible temporarily as of this writing.) is now so popular. It has features similar to the combination of Twitter and IRC, and looks like Google Wave.
  • When the two sides of the Taiwan Strait shake hands on the ECFA, Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, it makes Taiwan much easier to do business in Mainland China. The participants expect they will be able to enter the Mainland and invest there as easily as do so in Hong Kong.
  • In order to launch a web business in Mainland China, a Taiwanese company has to set up a joint venture with a Chinese company.
  • Both sides over the strait use the same language, but doing business in Mainland China is very hard due to a number of complicated regulations.
  • iPeen(愛評網)[C] is a Taiwan’s popular social network specializing in introducing good places to dine.  It started three years ago and the business goes well so far.
  • In Taiwan, the population of Facebook users has rapidly raised in the last six months because Facebook app Happy Farm(开心农场) attracts the users. The app is developed by Shanghai-based social app developer Five Minutes Inc.(五分钟)[C]. The rapid growth of Facebook users in the country follows Taiwanese Yahoo’s social network service Wretch(無名小站)[C] and will overtake it very soon.
  • There’s only one Internet start-up who has ever succeeded IPO in Taiwan. The country’s main industry is still remaining in semi-conductor manufacturing business, there’s no boost for breeding more tech business.
  • When a Taiwanese start-up goes to a venture capital for fundraising, they are always requested to focus on the market of Mainland China.

That was a great opportunity to see all who love Asiajin in the city. Thank you for coming by, guys.

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Asiajin Meets Chili: Akky Presents Japanese Tech Scene At Taipei’s Tech Community

Nii-hao, Taiwan!

Asiajin co-founder Akky Akimoto is now in Taiwan. On Saturday, he was invited to have a presentation on Japanese social media and tech scenes at Chili Ideas Party, a serial meet-up organized by Taipei-based Chili Consulting[C] who has been serving Taiwan’s tech community. Asiajin co-founder Shunichi Arai and author Masaru IKEDA also visited Taipei to join the event.

More than three dozens of Taiwanese web service entrepreneurs, engineers and business developers came together at Chili’s office to learn what’s happening in the Japanese web industry and the mobile service market.

Inside[C], a Taipei-based and group-edited blog on social media and mobile app developments, has well summarized what we’ve been talking about. We appreciate their rapid work.

You can watch the first ten minutes of the presentation below. (Due to technical difficulties, we have no recorded video for the rest of the presentation. Sorry for your inconvenience.)

The presentation slides that Akky has made and used at the event is available below. Just click on it to flick through. (If the slides are not appeared appropriately, check out this link).

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Update: Asiajin To Host Readers Meet-up in Taipei This Weekend

Asiajin co-founder Akky Akimoto(@akky), Shunichi Arai(@araipiyo) and author Masaru Ikeda(@masaruikeda) are now staying in Taipei and will have a readers meet-up event on Sunday.

If you’re interested in attending it, please subscribe to this Plancast link to keep you update with the latest information. (We’ll keep this blog post update as well.)


Venue: Mr. Brown Coffee Shop, National Taipei Univ. of Technology (伯朗咖啡館 台北科大店), Zhongxiao Xingsheng Station(忠孝新生站) of Taipei Metro

Time: 2pm, January 10th on Sunday, 2010, Taiwan Standard Time.

(The picture of Taipei 101 shown above is reproduced from Skyscrapers of World under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.)