Novels and poetry written, bought and read on cell phones are nothing unusual in mobile phone-crazy Japan. Now it came to light that Jakucho Setouchi, a 86-year old Buddhist nun has written a long-running cell phone novel series (keitai shousetsu in Japanese) without disclosing her real name for several months. Setouchi is an accomplished writer… Continue reading Tomorrow’s Rainbow: 86-year old Japanese nun writes cell phone novel
Tokyo-based social learning platform iKnow! and Japanese telecommunications and web powerhouse nifty (most famous in the web space for its portal of the same name) are cooperating. The companies have set up the “Owarai eigo dojo” (Funny English Training Hall), giving Japanese iKnow users the possibility to translate funny stories from nifty’s mega popular “Daily… Continue reading Daily Portal Z: Social learning platform iKnow! cooperates with nifty
Dwango, the Tokyo-based company behind Japan’s uber video portal Nico Nico Douga and the ringtone for dogs, has officially filed an application to get listed in the Guiness Book of Records. Why? The company has developed what they think is the world’s longest ringtone at 61 minutes and 40 seconds. Say what you want, but… Continue reading Dwango releases 61 minute-ringtone, wants to be listed in the Guiness book of records
CiFTR (JP) (pronounced as shifter) is a software to manage a complicated work shift of part time employees. In Japanese restaurant industry, most waiting staffs are part-time workers with a complicated work shift. So, work shift management could be a real headache for managers. CiFTR enables part-time workers to request their desired work shift by… Continue reading CiFTR – a work shift management software
Golf Digest Online (GDO in short) suspended the entire service because they found malicous attacks and the website tampered. GDO is a subsidiary of a golf magazine publisher, and one of Japan’s most popuar website selling golf goods and enabling golf course booking on-line. It is also highly ranked as active e-commerce websites. They found some unintentional… Continue reading Golf Digest Online Suspended Its Service due to Malicious Attacks
Open Web Asia ’08 is just two week ahead. Don’t forget to register and attend! Now, our registration form is much improved. If you had any problem to register before, please try again with our new form by Amiando. Open Web Asia is a rare occassion for Asian Web industry people to gather in one… Continue reading Register for Open Web Asia ’08!
Web2.0 Expo Tokyo 2008, planned on Dec. 3rd and 4th, cancellation is announced by its organizer CMP Technology Japan. On the conference top page [J], now it is explained that the event was cancelled because they would not be able to hold the conference as announced initially. In their Japanese press release, it is described… Continue reading Web2.0 Expo Tokyo 2008 turned down by Tim O’Reilly’s absense