This Tuesday, the 9th Tokyo2point0 event in Harajuku/Tokyo was held. As always, the venue was totally crowded. More info can be found on the Tokyo2point0 site, the Facebook group or on Mixi. This month the event featured two presentations which left more time for networking. I had the feeling that the event was more fun… Continue reading Tokyo2point0 event: Recruit API and Marketing in virtual worlds
Japanese Web Marketing Information Portal “Web Marketing Guide” and market research company Net Asia conjointly conducted a study on the use of mobile videos and digital TV in Japan. At the end of last month, 345 people (172 female, 173 male) aged between 15 and 49 were surveyed. The results show that more and more… Continue reading Usage of mobile videos and TV in Japan
YAPC::Asia 2008 (Yet Another Perl Conference) will be held May 15-16 at Tokyo Institute of Technology. YAPC::Asia is one of the biggest technology conference in Japan, and is a bilingual (Japanese/English) conference with many speakers from overseas. Early registration has been started. Usually the seats are sold out soon. Presentation deadline will be Feb. 25th.
The Osaka prefectural police is investigating ‘Orben‘, a public company, for securities fraud. Orben acquired 16 companies in two years from 2004. Orben executives allegedly reported false income and revenue for their subsidiaries. Supposedly, owners of Orben had sold their stocks at very high prices. An industry expert says Orben is well known for Yakuza… Continue reading Japanese stock market has lost its confidence
We are going to hold our first readers’ meeting on 2/26 (Tue) night. Asiajin Meeting Tokyo The meeting will include 5-6 English presentations about 1. popular net services in Japan, or 2. their project/product. Those presentation will be in English by Japanese web entrepreneurs/developers, all of whom heavily use Japanese net services everyday at their… Continue reading Asiajin Meeting Tokyo #1 on 26th(Tue), Feb.
RubyKaigi 2008, which will be held June 20-22, at the Tsukuba International Congress Center in Tsukuba Japan, is now open for session proposals. If you want to share your technique, code or passion about Ruby, don’t miss the deadline! Deadline: Feb. 17th (Sunday) JST.
Even hardcore geeks might have never dreamt of something like this: An umbrella which is connected to the Internet! This gadget was developed by researchers at Tokyo-based Keio University. The “Pileus” umbrella looks ordinary from the outside but actually is a quite clever piece of hardware. The umbrella is able to display web sites on… Continue reading Web umbrella Pileus
Niconico douga, the 2007 biggest hit in Japanese web, is a video sharing community service with enhanced overlay comments feature. Although it is popular among Japanese users, there are not many non-Japanese videos and comments, mainly because it requires user registration and it does not offer English menu. If you want to try it by… Continue reading Some Niconico-douga videos available without registration
The market capitalization of Yahoo! Japan stands at $28 billion (as of Feb. 2008). Telecommunications conglomerate Softbank is the largest shareholder, holding 41% of the company’s shares. Yahoo! owns 33.4% of Yahoo! Japan’s shares. Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo! is $44.6 billion while Yahoo!’s share of Yahoo! Japan is worth $9.3 billion.