Are Japanese people using different websites than users in other countries? Back in July 2008 and 2009, we made two lists that showed some similarities and differences in usage, and now it’s time for a reboot. Note: We know that this list is highly subjective. We know that some sites are not identical in nature… Continue reading Q&A: What’s The Japanese Equivalent Of [enter foreign web service here]?
The world’s largest ad agency Dentsu announced it had partnered with Apple for the sales of smartphone ad network iAd in Japan. Dentsu will start the sales in early 2011, and their subsidiary Cyber Communications Inc. provides ad content production services including media planning. iAd is installed on iOS4, which is the latest edition of… Continue reading Apple Partners With Dentsu To Boost Smartphone Ad Business In Japan
Google launched its price comparison service intended to Japanese market today, that collects product description and price updates from an enormous number of e-commerce retailers and allows you to find the cheapest price at a glance. Google’s new service launch influenced the stock price of Japan’s largest e-commerce price comparison site Kakaku.com[J], it dropped slightly… Continue reading How Google Shopping Impacts On Kakaku.com’s Pricing Business?
Silicon valley-based tech start-up Evernote, which has introduced services for note-taking and archiving for PCs and smartphone devices, announced new partnerships with seven Japanese companies on Wednesday. Evernote CEO Phil Libin is now visiting Japan, and he says, “Our Japanese users share almost 18% of our total user accounts, which is the second place in… Continue reading Evernote CEO: A Half Of The Third Party Developers Are Japanese
A Japanese Internet startup that not only has international ambitions but that’s also able to receive a substantial amount of seed money is a very, very rare beast. But today, we can report that such a beast has been sighted. Singaporean tech blog e27 just broke the news that Tokyo-based Flutterscape, a cross-border social marketplace… Continue reading Japanese Social Marketplace Flutterscape Gets $300,000 Seed Money
SoftBank Frameworks, logistics provider and a subsidiary of SoftBank, announced a new service where you can send packages without knowing the recipient’s physical address. The service is called Meru-Ado Takuhaibin (Email Address Door-to-Door Delivery). To send a package, sender would fill out an online form with the email address of the recipient. The service will… Continue reading Send a Package via Email Address
We’ve covered myGengo, web-based human translation service startup in Japan on our previous article on translation tools in June. Since then, while publishing Twitter account translations and an in-depth industry report, they’ve been busy working on a new feature called String. I got to talk with Matt Romaine and Rob Laing from the team about… Continue reading Exclusive Interview: How Does myGengo’s String Help Site Translation?
The Wall Street Journal(WSJ) announced today it would launch Japanese news portal site[J] on December 15th. This will be the company’s second non-English portal site following Chinese Edition[C] in Asia, and is bringing us a few news stories a day on a trial basis until the official launch date. WSJ has been owned by News… Continue reading WSJ To Launch Japanese News Portal In December
Fukuoka-based nulab, Inc. [ja] launched a real-time collaboration tool for drawing diagrams called Cacoo. With its real-time synchronization technology, you can edit files on Cacoo while other team member is working on it. The pre-defined stencil sets include parts for network diagrams, sitemaps, wireframes, and UMLs, in addition to generic shapes and illustrations. Cacoo –… Continue reading Real-Time Drawing Collaboration Service Cacoo Breaks Out of Beta
It is very interesting that there are two different ways leading to the almost same results. I wonder which approach makes it successful in their business. What do you think? Tokyo-based e-commerce related service provider Enigmo launched a new service last Wednesday, which is named Corseka[J] and allows users to browse and read their favorite… Continue reading Two Different Approaches To Digitize Printed Magazines