Takafumi Horie, ex-Livedoor CEO Released On Parole

Horie himself announced on his Twitter account on 10:08 a.m. today March 27 (Japan Standard Time). 今日午前7:40くらいに仮釈放になりました!皆様いろいろ収監中はお世話になりました。ありがとうございました。無事仮釈放(刑期の74%)を貰う事ができました。 — 堀江貴文(Takafumi Horie) (@takapon_jp) March 27, 2013 According to the tweet, he was release around 7:40 a.m. The tweet has been retweeted over 5,000 times in 2 hours. After the Livedoor gate, he totally left Livedoor and had… Continue reading Takafumi Horie, ex-Livedoor CEO Released On Parole

Tokyo Met Government Releases Puzzle Game To Enlighten Consumer Intelligece For iOS And Android

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government bureau of citizens and cultural affairs released an iOS/Android app “Mamore! Shuuma & Elme”(mamore = protect), which is the first ever game app to pass on consumer information by local government in Japan, according to the release [J]. The game itself is a typical puzzle game, where you need to line up… Continue reading Tokyo Met Government Releases Puzzle Game To Enlighten Consumer Intelligece For iOS And Android

How Facebook Crossed the Chasm in Japan and Lessons for Other Platforms

Important note: Most of these statements are qualitative in nature. For some statements there’s not enough supporting data. Please read this post with a pinch of salt. In the summer of 2004, a new file sharing platform, named wirehog, was in the works. This platform was not that successful and it gave us a very… Continue reading How Facebook Crossed the Chasm in Japan and Lessons for Other Platforms

Relaxed Tweet-Like “Say Whatever You Wanna Say” Community “Kiite Yo! Mirucho” Tops 500 Thousand Users

CyberAgent, Inc. [J] has announced that the number of users of “Kiite Yo! Mirucho” (Listen Up! Mirucho), a new sensation community service for Ameba for Smartphone [J] which connects people through monologues, has topped over 500 thousand. “Kiite Yo! Mirucho” is a community where you lightheartedly tweet whatever you want “monologues” through a Mirucho mascot… Continue reading Relaxed Tweet-Like “Say Whatever You Wanna Say” Community “Kiite Yo! Mirucho” Tops 500 Thousand Users

New Steve Jobs Biography Manga Starts

Mari Yamazaki’s new manga series, comicalization of Walter Isacson’s Steve Jobs biography “Steve Jobs”, began today on Kodansha Kiss Magazine. (Please check my Japan Times column last week introducing three Steve Jobs manga.) Yahoo! Bookstore offers free preview of the first half, 17pages. You may read it here, though texts are all in Japanese. The… Continue reading New Steve Jobs Biography Manga Starts

Animation of Shukatsu, Japanese Job Hunt By New Graduates

Tokyo University of the Arts students released a shot animation movie depicts college students’ job hunting activities in Japan. In Japan, most companies uniformly runs recruiting program around 1 or more years before college students graduates schools. It is so called shu-katsu (SHUshoku KATSUdou, job hunting activities). Many people, both workers and students, think, believe… Continue reading Animation of Shukatsu, Japanese Job Hunt By New Graduates

Ameba Pigg Introduces Marketing Products For Drug Store Matsumoto Kiyoshi

CyberAgent, Inc. [J] has announced the sales of corporate advertisement products “Ameba Pigg Area Tie-Up with Matsumoto Kiyoshi” which promotes guidance and purchases at real shops, in cooperation with Matsumoto Kiyoshi, Inc. [J], via their 2D virtual space Ameba Pigg [J]. “Ameba Pigg Area Tie-Up with Matsumoto Kiyoshi” is a service which distributes free original… Continue reading Ameba Pigg Introduces Marketing Products For Drug Store Matsumoto Kiyoshi

Mapion And TFPS Introduce NFC Technology Service Allowing Game Points To Be Used For Purchases At Real Shops

Mapion Inc. [J] and TF Payment Service [J] have developed a service that allows the use of mobile game special points at real shops. This uses NFC, and by linking the service platforms of both companies, payments are settled simply by holding a smartphone.  It acquires a series of marketing data from customer introduction to… Continue reading Mapion And TFPS Introduce NFC Technology Service Allowing Game Points To Be Used For Purchases At Real Shops

“Web Money Store Card” Develops, Demo Machine Exhibited At NFC & Smart WORLD 2013

Web Money, Inc. [J] has begun the “Web Money Store Card” which corresponds with NFC (Near Field Communication), based on cooperation with Net Alive, Inc. [J], as well as its payment service terminal. Web Money has appended the “Web Money Store Card,” which until now has been offered as a magnetic card, and has developed… Continue reading “Web Money Store Card” Develops, Demo Machine Exhibited At NFC & Smart WORLD 2013

Mobcast Collaborates With Pro Baseball New Installation “Moba Pro Seat”

mobcast, Inc. [J] has announced that they will strengthen their collaboration with pro baseball by working together with Osaka Dome, newly establishing “moba pro seat” on the field. “Pro moba seat” is to be set up on the baseball field, and spectators will be able to see the intensity of play from the same point… Continue reading Mobcast Collaborates With Pro Baseball New Installation “Moba Pro Seat”

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