Google's Nexus 7 Tablet hard to swallow for Japanese firms
News On Japan via Wall Street Journal -- Jun 28
It's official: Carving out a slice of the fast-growing tablet market just got even harder for Japan's hard-pressed electronics firms.
A week after software giant Microsoft Corp. MSFT +0.50% announced plans to jump into the hardware business with a new tablet called Surface, Google Inc. GOOG +0.82% on Wednesday confirmed its long-rumored entry into the segment with the Nexus 7, a $199 competitor that will highlight the potential for the company's Android operating system.
That means all major software companies with tablet-oriented operating systems are now making their own hardware - a business model that follows Apple Inc.'s AAPL +0.43% huge success in marrying its iOS software and iPad.
With televisions and other traditional consumer electronics offering little room for profit, electronics manufacturers are hoping to ride the smartphone and tablet computer boom to fatter profits. But for standalone hardware makers, the landscape has changed: there are no software friends anymore, just "frenemies."
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)