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8 Mar
Sankei reported [J] today (March 8) that Toshiba is going to ship the first Chromebook in Japan earliest in April. Toshiba to Sell First Japanese Chromebook Next Month, Sankei Says



Toshiba to Sell First Japanese Chromebook Next Month, Sankei Says

13 Feb
Today Mixi announced [J] that Yusuke Asakura, who took the lead at long-struggling Japanese Facebook rival since last June, will be replaced with Hiroki Morita, an executive officer managing the recent hit social game Monster Strike. The release said that this financial year Mixi will get black inc, moves from its business reconstruction phase to […]



Mixi To Replace CEO President After One Year

20 Jan
Impress PC Watch reported [J] that Japanese Google Play Store has an Acer C720 Chromebook page with “近日発売”(Coming Soon) No Chromebook, or PC with Chrome OS pre-installed, has been sold in Japanese market. Japan Likely To Have The First Chromebook Acer C720



Japan Likely To Have The First Chromebook Acer C720

20 Jan
Burokku Kuzusasnu (not destructing blocks) is a new browser game released by @utyo on January 19, and quickly buzzed in Japan. The game is based on Brokku Kuzushi (block destruciton), a category points clone games of legendary 1972 Atari Breakout. But on this Burokku Kuzusanu, your goal is totally opposite, try not to break blocks. […]



Un-breakout – Burokku-Kuzushi Game Reversed

9 Jan
Yahoo! Japan announced [J] that it would terminate its messenger service “Yahoo! Messenger” at 3 p.m. on March 26, 2014. Yahoo! Messenger was one of the most popular messenger services for Japanese Internet users, competed against Skype and MSN Messenger. (MSN Messenger, aka Windows Live Messenger, was also stopped after Microsoft got Skype) Yahoo! Japan […]



Yahoo! Messenger [J] To Shut Down

14 Dec
NHK reported that Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, who owns a professional baseball team Tohoku Rakuten Goleden Eagles in the top leagues, purchased the naming right of the home stadium in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. Wikipedia: Jet-0 The Miyagi Stadium, which name has been Kleenex Stadium Miyagi, will be changed to Rakuten Kobo Stadium. It must be […]



Rakuten Purchases The Name Of Miyagi Baseball Stadium For Kobo

30 Nov
According to Sankei reported [J], Circle-K-Sunkus, the 4th largest convenience chain-store, announced on November 17th that it would replace its own reward points system with e-commerce giant Rakuten’s Rakuten Super Points. Sales ranking of convenience store chains (2011) These 4 groups occupied nearly 90% of domestic market. chains sales(billion yen) Seven Eleven 3281 Lawson 1826 […]



Japan’s 4th Largest Convenience Chain-store To Use Rakuten Super Points

23 Oct
Japanese Twittersphere, one of the most active languages on Twitter, was confused by a simple but very effective viral trick since last week. Since October 15, tweets with sensational titles of videos with a link to liveplaylist.net began to appear on people’s Twitter timelines among Japanese. The tweets has the same format: plays “(title, usually […]



Twitter Virus “Plays Now” Exposes What Tasteless Videos Japanese Interested In

2 Oct
Gree announced today after the Tokyo market close [J] that it starts asking voluntary retirement to 200 workers, which will be 11% of 1,762 employees. Gree Proposes Voluntary Retirement To 11% Employees



Gree Proposes Voluntary Retirement To 11% Employees

1 Oct
Mixi released an new iPhone app “Mixi Talk”, which enables users to send Mixi message with stamps and photos. mixiトーク-趣味や興味が同じ人と今すぐ話せる-Genre: ソーシャルネットワーキング, エンターテインメントLanguage: English, JapanesePrice: freeVersion: 2.2.3Artist: mixi, IncReleased at: September 19, 2013Screenshots Mixi has been offering an official iOS app, which covers more features from PC/feature-phone Mixi. This message app seems to try to stop […]



Mixi Renewed iPhone Messaging App With Stamp/Photo

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