Rakuten’s Englishnization has been causing wide repercussions among Japanese business people. Nisshin’s new commercial film “Survive! Globalization” depicts a Japanese company whose head forces his guys to work in English in cynic tone. # Nisshin’s special site seems to have its own video player and no official uploaded video are on YouTube. There are some… Continue reading Nisshin Cup Noodle’s New TVCM Cynical About (Presumably) Rakuten
Mirai-kei New Horizon de Mou Ichido Eigo wo Yatte Miru(Challenge English again with futuristic version of New Horizon) by a Japanese publishing company Tokyo Shoseki is an English textbook, which follows the format of the company’s popular junior high-school text book New Horizon. NEW HORIZON English Course ２ It is a textbook for adults who want to study high-school… Continue reading Japanese School Textbook Inspired English Learning Book With AR
A Japanese user, who might be a big fan of CyberAgent’s popular virtual avatar world Ameba Pigg, asked a question [J] on Yahoo! Chiebukuro (=Yahoo! Answers in Japan) about his playing Ameba Pico, an English version of Ameba Pigg. I’m playing Ameba Pico but totally lost as I can not understand the following English. Please… Continue reading Ameba Pico’s English Is Too Difficult
Popular human voice synthesizer Vocaloid Hatsune Miku are getting known oversea as a Japanese web phenomenon. Like the global company Google picked it up as a “singer” for Chrome promotion in Japan, where they chose Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga for US. As the Chrome video shows, there are massive number of generated songs and… Continue reading Many Hatsune Miku Videos Being Removed From YouTube By Invalid Copyright Report
Bank of Japan, Japan’s central bank, announced [J] its immediate start of Twitter on December 16. Two Twitter account in Japanese and in English started tweeting. These accounts provide updates on new releases on the Bank’s web site. In addition, the Bank may, when necessary, as in cases of emergency, communicate its messages through these… Continue reading Bank Of Japan Starts Twitter, Can It Stop Too-High Yen By Tweets?
Toshima-ku/Tokyo-based Japanese consumer goods brand Muji (Mujirushi Ryohin), who operates about 300 shops in over 20 countries around the world, starts a social game Muji Life on November 15 (release [J]). You may join the game by either of three social networking services, Facebook, Twitter and Mixi. You will create your shelf with your favorite… Continue reading Muji Launches Social Game Muji Life For Global
Girl’s Kaomoji Jiten 5000 (Facial-expression Words Dictionary 5000) by Pedigree(Android)/ADandD(iOS) is a free smartphone application from which you can copy over 5,000 Japanese-style text drawings Kaomoji to decorate your message. Those 5,000 facial expressions are categorized into 10; Greetings Happiness Sadness Action Talk Anger/Argument Love/Friendship Life Special occasion/Weather Animals/Characters Each category has many sub-categories. Here… Continue reading Girl’s Kaomoji Jiten 5000 – Free Massive Japanese Emoticon Dictionary For Android/iOS
Japanese bishojo-game (pornographic interactive game with Japanese anime-style girls Wikipedia) maker Overdrive released a non-adult, all English, still Japanese-anime-style game which features foreigners Japan visit experiences, titled Go! Go! Nippon! (Nippon is how Japanese calls Japan in Japanese). All texts are given both in English and Japanese, so it may be useful not only for… Continue reading Go! Go! Nippon! -My First Trip to Japan- : Anime Novel Game Style Japan Guide
Journal Plus is a new Google+ hot topics aggregation service by User Local Inc., Tokyo-based web start-up known by their website and social media traffic analysis services. It collects public posts on Google+, calculate their popularity by how many times they are shared and how many times they got +1 pressed. Besides the global popular… Continue reading JournalPlus – Google+ Hot News Aggregator In English/Chinese/Russian/etc.
CyberAgent, [J] which manages “Ameba,” has begun to offer the second installation of their English conversation study application series for iPhone, “Moshi Kareshi Ga Gaikokujin Dattara Eikaiwa” (If Your Boyfriend was a Foreigner English Conversation), “Moshi Kanojo Ga Gaikokujin Dattara Eikaiwa” [J] (If your girlfriend was a foreigner English Conversation). Although the price is set… Continue reading What If Your Girlfriend Were a Foreigner? CyberAgent’s English-Study App