Sumitomo Corporation announced on March 7 that their online pharmacy Soukai Drug (soukai = briskness in Japanese) is going to expand into China and Indonesia this year. Their Shanghai and Jakarta subsidiaries are already set up. Trial in Shanghai is planned to begin in late April, Jakarta service will start in late August.
JKT48, the Indonesian sister band of ultra-popular Japanese girl group AKB48 (Asiajin), is promoting Rakuten Belanja Online, Rakuten’s joint venture with Jakarta-based media powerhouse PT Global Mediacom, on Indonesian TV. In the 30-second commercial, various members of the group can be seen wearing different clothes and accessories and using gadgets – and apparently all items can… Continue reading Video: Girl Band JKT48 (AKB48’s Sister Band) Promoting Rakuten In Indonesia
Indonesia is just getting started on the Internet, but interest is rapidly growing in this massive market of 240 million people. The country is on the map especially in the tech industry in Japan and (to a lesser extent) Silicon Valley, which is why a new conference called BOOST is trying to connect these three… Continue reading In Jakarta: First BOOST Conference To Take Place On January 17-18, 2012
Last Friday, I was invited to Jakarta to give a keynote presentation at the Sparxup Awards 2011 event for Indonesian startups. The presentation’s topic was “Innovation, Imitation & Hyper-Localization In Asia”, and assuming some readers might be interested, I embedded it below. Here are the slides (direct link): Keynote Presentation: Sparxup 2011 Indonesia View more… Continue reading Presentation: Innovation, Imitation & Hyper-Localization (Sparxup 2011, Indonesia)
Here is some recommended reading, probably of value for just about everybody reading Asiajin: in 2007, Students at Singapore Management University have created a wiki called “Digital Media Across Asia”, which now covers a total of eleven countries (in English), namely: Australia China Hong Kong India Indonesia Japan Malaysia Singapore South Korea Taiwan Vietnam On… Continue reading Wiki Covering 11 Countries: Digital Media Across Asia
Editor’s note: This is a guest post penned by Ryo Umezawa, Director of J-Seed Ventures, one of tech-oriented venture incubators in Tokyo. He visited Indonesia to attend Jakarta Ventures Night 2011 hosted by East Ventures and have met startups and techpreneurs. He also attended “JIMs on the Plane” (inspired by Dave McClure’s… Continue reading Indonesia: Exploring Potentials Of Mobile & Tech In The 2nd Largest FB Population