Video: DeNA CEO Tomoko Namba’s Interview at LeWeb’10

Tomoko Namba, the CEO of Japanese mobile social gaming giant DeNA (and one of my personal heroes), gave a pretty interesting interview at web industry conference LeWeb’10 earlier this month. LeWeb organizer Loic LeMeur asked her for a full 20 minutes about her company’s history, present and future plans Namba, speaking in excellent English, doesn’t… Continue reading Video: DeNA CEO Tomoko Namba’s Interview at LeWeb’10

Nintendo Admits Blowing-Cartridge Is Not Only Meaningless But Harmful After A Quarter Century

Nintendo celebrates 25 years anniversary of Super Mario by TV commercial in Japan. The commercial depicts that a guy plays the first Super Mario Brothers in 1985 (see TV set and a radio-cassette recorder). It was a common scene nationwide. But on their special website [J], Nintendo put another short movie and warns users “Don’t… Continue reading Nintendo Admits Blowing-Cartridge Is Not Only Meaningless But Harmful After A Quarter Century

New Digital Telopper Realizes Social TV Commenting

Nico Nico Douga is a popular video sharing service in Japan. Their traffic is second to YouTube, boasts over 18 million registered users, and known by its flowing comments over the movie. Nico Nico Jikkyo(Jikkyo=live), which we covered a year ago, is a derived service which itself if just a transparent application displays user-generated comments,… Continue reading New Digital Telopper Realizes Social TV Commenting

iPad Magic At Apple Store Ginza(Tokyo, Japan)

“Communication’s history and future” magic show in front of the Apple’s flagship store in Ginza. [Update 2010-06-03] changed with English subtitled version (via CnnGo) Beacon fire, letter, book, photo in history. Warp, time travel, handy x-ray, encephalograph, trial fitting, cash withdrawal maybe soon. See Also: iPhone Magic by Marco Tempest

What is iPad – Japanese dub in Hiroshima Dialect

Another great work on NicoNico Douga and YouTube. This is a presentation “What is iPad”. Not in English nor in typical Japanese but in Hiroshima dialect. You may not be able to find what is funny if you don’t understand Japanese but a dub made on this video is gaining lots of applause from Japanese… Continue reading What is iPad – Japanese dub in Hiroshima Dialect

Google Joins Forces With Japanese Astro Labs To Create Virtual Moon

In commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first human landing to the moon, on Tuesday, Google introduced a 3D map showing you the entire surface of the moon, named “Moon in Google Earth”, which is available on version 5.0 or later of Google Earth. Besides moon surface photos supplied by NASA, Japanese astronomical laboratories such… Continue reading Google Joins Forces With Japanese Astro Labs To Create Virtual Moon

Do Animated Tourist Guides Boost Local Economy?

Tokyo-based animation studio FanWorks[J], which is well known for a famous title “Yawaraka Sensha ” or “Soft Wartank”, tied up with animators and TV broadcasters in Toyama (a Honshu island’s prefecture facing the Sea of Japan), and launched a project to promote the prefecture’s sightseeing business by creating original animation titles[J/E/F/C/K] which are intended for… Continue reading Do Animated Tourist Guides Boost Local Economy?

Ezo Red Fox May Also Celebrate Firefox’s Upcoming Release

Mozilla Foundation is now working on the final phase for FireFox 3.5 official release which has a development codename of Shiretoko.   The codename was named after a popular forest area and a national park located in the north-eastern end of Hokkaido island, also registered as a World Heritage. In connection with the meet of the… Continue reading Ezo Red Fox May Also Celebrate Firefox’s Upcoming Release

iPhone 3GS Purchase Livestreaming Girl in Tokyo

At a flagship shop of Softbank Mobile, Japanese reseller of iPhone, there are people began lining up for tomorrow morning, new iPhone 3GS. Ketsudan Potaufe, a web unit sends a live reporter girl to there and let her broadcast live report from there on ustream. The livestream quickly got an attention from Japanese net users.… Continue reading iPhone 3GS Purchase Livestreaming Girl in Tokyo

Explore Japan With Your Favorite Driving Video-streamers

Currently, there’s a boom that many geeks install wireless-enabled video cameras on their cars, and that they publish captured on-board video movies on video sharing sites such as Nico Nico Douga[J] (link to videos tagged with on-board camera view, requiring username and password) and Ustream. The videos can make you feel as though you were… Continue reading Explore Japan With Your Favorite Driving Video-streamers