Japan

  • NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s Largest Carrier, To Start Carrying The iPad Air And iPad Mini 2 On June 10

    NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s Largest Carrier, To Start Carrying The iPad Air And iPad Mini 2 On June 10

    Apple announced today that it will begin to sell the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in Japan on NTT DOCOMO’s network starting June 10. NTT DOCOMO is the country’s largest carrier and what is notable about the announcement is that it has taken a relatively long time for company to start offering the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, which were both released… Read More

  • Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over

    Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over

    The second messaging revolution is now quickly coming to a close. With the news today that Korea’s leading messenger KakaoTalk is merging with one of that country’s largest internet portals, Daum Communications, we are witnessing the end of the rise of mobile-focused independent messaging startups that started just five years ago. Only Kik Messenger remains standing… Read More

  • Japanese Contact-Management Service Sansan Raises $14M To Tackle The U.S.

    Japanese Contact-Management Service Sansan Raises $14M To Tackle The U.S.

    Sansan Inc., a cloud contact-management service, has raised $14 million in funding led by DCM. The Tokyo-based startup plans to use the capital to break into the U.S. market this month, as expand in other international markets. Other participating investors include the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Nikkei Digital Media, Energy and Environment Investment, Inc, and GMO Venture Partners. Read More

  • ReShare App Offers International News Articles Translated Into 11 Languages

    ReShare App Offers International News Articles Translated Into 11 Languages

    ReShare is targeted at news junkies who are tired of relying on Google Translate to read articles from foreign-language publications. Instead, the app offers articles translated into 11 languages by humans. The iOS and Android app was created by Conyac, a crowdsourcing translation platform. After raising a total of $1.1 million to date, Conyac grew its base of translators from 10,000 to… Read More

  • Sunnycomb, The Weather App That Creates Personalized Forecasts, Launches On Android

    Sunnycomb, The Weather App That Creates Personalized Forecasts, Launches On Android

    Sunnycomb, the app that tries to predict how each day’s weather will make you feel, is now available on Android. Though there are already plenty of well-known weather apps on the market, including popular ones from Yahoo and the Weather Channel, Sunnycomb benefits from its connection to Weathernews Inc (WIN), one of Japan’s top weather apps with over 20 million downloads. Read More

  • Japan’s Government Has No Plans To Regulate Bitcoin Transactions After Mt. Gox’s Demise

    Japan’s Government Has No Plans To Regulate Bitcoin Transactions After Mt. Gox’s Demise

    Following the implosion of Japanese exchange Mt.Gox, the Japanese government wanted to clarify its stance regarding the cryptocurrency. According to the Wall Street Journal, the government doesn’t consider Bitcoin a currency. Companies and individuals using Bitcoin don’t need to obtain a banking license or comply with regulatory standards. In other words, Japan could have become… Read More

  • Line To Open Its Sticker Market To All Designers, Launch Skype Competitor

    Line To Open Its Sticker Market To All Designers, Launch Skype Competitor

    Line announced today at a press conference in Tokyo (covered by TechCrunch Japan) that it will open its sticker marketplace to all designers and companies. The platform was previously available only to Line’s partners. The open marketplace, called the Line Creators Market, will launch in April. Revenue will be divided evenly between designers and Line. Read More

  • Microsoft Announces General Availability Of Azure In Japan

    Microsoft Announces General Availability Of Azure In Japan

    Almost a year ago, Microsoft announced its plans to expand Windows Azure to Asia, with data centers in China, Japan and Australia. Today, the company announced that its two regions in Japan (Japan East and Japan West) have now hit general availability, and Azure users in Japan will now be able to store their data locally. As Satya Nadella noted a year ago (when he was still the president… Read More

  • Viki To Launch In Japan, 5 Months After Acquisition By Rakuten

    Viki To Launch In Japan, 5 Months After Acquisition By Rakuten

    Viki, a streaming video platform that crowdsources translated subtitles, will launch a beta version of its site for Japanese viewers tomorrow. The announcement comes five months after Tokyo-based Rakuten paid a reported $200 million for Viki, which is based in Singapore. Read More

  • How Frontback Is Getting Popular in Japan

    How Frontback Is Getting Popular in Japan

    While today’s update is a significant one for photo-sharing app Frontback, something unexpected is happening as well — Frontback is blowing up in Japan, China and Brazil. In fact, the app is now more popular in these countries than in the U.S. “In the U.S., people are using Frontback for important events like the Superbowl to make a statement and share what they are… Read More