Tokyo-based Dentsu, one of the biggest advertising agencies in the world, today announced [JP, PDF] it has acquired 15.06% of Kakaku.com, Japan’s largest price comparison site and community (all Kakaku-related articles on Asiajin, my very early review of the site from 2007). The eponymous company behind the service is currently listed at the Tokyo Stock… Continue reading Dentsu Buys 15% Stake In Tokyo-Based Web Company Kakaku.Com
(@cosme’s tag line on the logo is “site of everyone’s word of mouth”) Istyle [J], who runs Japan’s top cosmetic products review site @Cosme, announced [J] on February 3, 2012, that they will be listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers (Tosho Mothers) planned on March 8, 2012. The company was established in 1999, and its… Continue reading Istyle(@cosme) Goes IPO On TSE Mothers
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?
News on the latter half of January 2010 which we did not write as a dedicated article. Part 1 is here. Referred pages are all in Japanese, unless otherwise stated. METI Lottery In Exchange For Used Cellphone Campaign Collaborates Hatsune Miku Chinese Guy In Saitama Arrested By Providing Proxy Servers For Chinese Gamers To Play… Continue reading January 2010 Japan-IT Links (part 2)
Cookpad [JP], Japan’s biggest cooking site, announced today that they will be listed to Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers section on July 17th. CEO, Akimitsu Sano, started the service on 1998. Cookpad is a recipe sharing site with 558,939 registered recipes. The site has 6.8 million unique users and 351 million page views per month. Cookpad… Continue reading Recipe Sharing Site Cookpad Goes IPO
A Shibuya-based Internet conglomerate Digital Garage (DG) announced on Thursday that it would sell a half of all the shares of Kakaku.com[J], a B2C price comparison site and a subsidiary of DG, to Culture Convenience Club (CCC) owning Japan’s largest nationwide store chain providing video rental service called Tsutaya[J]. CCC plans to purchase 58,360 shares… Continue reading Video Rental Store Chain To Be Lead Shareholder Of Kakaku.com
The monthly Tokyo2point0 event took place for the 10th time in Harajuku last Tuesday. More info about the event and network can be found on the official Tokyo2point0 site, the Facebook group or on Mixi. This time, two presentations were held (in English and Japanese), leaving enough room for networking among the attendees (which is… Continue reading Tokyo2point0 event: Kakaku’s Photohito and Press Army