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.


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.

Photo Tweet A Minute Before Today’s Volcano Eruption Worried

Sony Features Dancing Headphone Girls From All Japan’s 47-Prefecture

Sony Headphone’s official new promotion in Japan is movies on its YouTube channel. Not sounds new? But 47 girls from each prefecture dancing with the headphone at tourist places and/or with local products.

The Headphone Joshi(girls) 47 meets Extra Bass.


Tokyo girl / Tokyo Sky Tree

Wakayama girls / Wakayama Catsle

Kanawgawa girl / Yokohama Yamashita Park, near Chinatown

and more and more if you like them.

Thanks to @buru

Nico Nico Douga Hits 28 Million Users, Generates US$46 Million In Sales Last Quarter

Nico Nico Douga, Japan’s answer to YouTube, is still growing nicely, five years after launch.

Dwango, the Tokyo-based company behind the popular service, released its financial report [PDF] for the last nine months (ending in June 2012).

And according to the report, Nico Nico (the company’s most important asset) reached 28.08 million users in June. In other words, nearly a third of Japan’s online population has an account, which is pretty amazing.

Another interesting tidbit of information is that Nico Nico has 1.69 million premium members who pay 525 Yen (US$6.70) per month for advanced features, for example better video quality:

Here are more details about who is actually using Nico Nico. Observe Dwango’s claim that 90% of Japan’s population in their 20s is a user:

Nico Nico is profitable and generated 3.6 billion yen (US$46 million) in sales from April to June this year:

Nico Nico’s English version can be visited here.

Many Hatsune Miku Videos Being Removed From YouTube By Invalid Copyright Report

Popular human voice synthesizer Vocaloid Hatsune Miku are getting known oversea as a Japanese web phenomenon. Like the global company Google picked it up as a “singer” for Chrome promotion in Japan, where they chose Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga for US.

As the Chrome video shows, there are massive number of generated songs and videos are created, uploaded on Nico Nico Douga and YouTube.

On YouTube, some Miku fans started noticing that some of the Hatsune Miku videos were removed with “copyright violation” recently. Many of the banned videos are English and other subtitled ones made from the original Japanese versions.

Nico Nico Pedia has a detailed history of the issue started in last November [J]. According to it, the users who reported the copyright violation all have a name Junichi Sasa, or slightly modified of it, who are unlikely own the copyright of the removed videos.

Fans made a video to inform this issue. The English subbed one is here,



The copyright holder of the Hatsune Miku’s video is each creator, so, on regular copyright report, the original creators are encouraged to claim YouTube to get it back. However, making things difficult is that many of Hatsune Miku videos are re-uploaded from Nico Nico Douga to YouTube by non-authors, and foreign language subtitled versions are usually made another users. In that meaning, those removed videos are not really by the original copyright holder.

Even when the author does not care, or is pleased that their videos are distributed across the web services and the languages, not many of them notice and take countermeasure on those distributed versions.

Google Chrome Promotion With Hatsune Miku

Like US Google featuring Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, Google Japan chose the most popular singer on Japanese web, virtual singing tool Hatsune Miku, a 61 seconds video which praises all involved creators.

The playing count does not move up from 309, which might be from Japanese word-play 3(=Mi) 9(=ku). You may check the stats of the video and see it is played heavily now in Japan.

Unofficial home ground of Hatsune Miku movement Nico Nico Douga, from where most of videos really come, does not appear in the video, probably because YouTube is a competitor of Nico Nico Douga in Japan.

” Hatsune Miku ” is a virtual singer who can sing any song that anybody composes.

It has made a massive impact on all creators through the web.
They, inspired by her songs, have published their original works
not only in the field of music, but in illustration, video,
CG, cosplay, live performance and dance.

Besides over 30,000 original tracks, many more works are
still being released over the web.

Feel the possibilities of the web through the social phenomenon caused by million craetors.

“Tell Your World” / livetune feat. Hatsune Miku
Lyrics・Music: kz

 Grasp the phrase I happen to be humming
 Spread secret words of the heart into the sky

 I want to tell you
 I want to give you
 Nodes of feelings forms a link
 Connecting everything. Connecting to everywhere

This film was created with the support of CRYPTON FUTURE MEDIA Inc,
SEGA, and many creators and fans from all around the world.

See Also:

Asiajin » Computer-Synthesized Vocal Album Tops The Japanese Chart First In History

Asiajin » tagged articles with Hatsune Miku

Google Chrome: Lady Gaga for Japan

Google Chrome: Justin Bieber for Japan