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YouTube Japan adds new 'original content' channels: Trains, horror and drawing on faces

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We've seen our fair share of out-there Japan TV programming -- and that looks likely to increase. YouTube has struck a deal with 13 companies that will add original shows and videos to the constantly-growing Japanese library, new videos promised daily. There's a pretty broad array of partners, with...
YouTube Japan adds new 'original content' channels: Trains, horror and drawing on faces

Sub-$1500 Kingmax 1TB SSD spotted in Japan

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Terabytes. We all want them -- especially if they're served solid-state. But if you're not quite ready to pony up for OCZ's Octane SSD 1TB model, you might want to take a trip to Japan. KingMax's SMU25 Client Pro 1TB SSD has been spotted for 119,000 yen (roughly $1,490),...
Sub-$1500 Kingmax 1TB SSD spotted in Japan

Game over for PlayStation 2 in Japan

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Sony terminates production of the venerable PlayStation 2 gaming gizmo in the Land of the Rising Sun. But the elder game console isn't dead quite yet. [Read more]...
Game over for PlayStation 2 in Japan

Amazon's Appstore lands in Japan, just in time for Kindle Fire shipments

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Amazon launched its Android Appstore way back in March 2011, offering another alternative to Google’s own app marketplace. And now Amazon is launching it in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Japanese Appstore is live now, representing its seventh launch market after the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy and...
Amazon's Appstore lands in Japan, just in time for Kindle Fire shipments
Apple needs China Mobile. China Mobile needs Apple.

PlayStation Vita review

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Look familiar? It should: that's the PlayStation Vita, Sony's up-and-coming challenger to the mobile gaming throne. It's made the rounds a few times before, from E3, to Tokyo Game Show, to San Francisco's Vita Hill Social Club, and it even took an early pass through Engadget's review gauntlet --...
PlayStation Vita review

iOS 5.1 leaked, bringing new unlock-to-camera action, more cultured Siri?

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The gang over at BGR have allegedly acquired a bootleg copy of Apple's next mobile operating system iteration, iOS 5.1. In doing so, they have been able to confirm two rumored adds: a new unlock-to-camera action and Japanese support for Siri. In iOS 5.0, users can activate the camera...
iOS 5.1 leaked, bringing new unlock-to-camera action, more cultured Siri?
Why Japan blew its hardware and mobile edge

HTC's waterproof, WiMAX-capable J handset now available in Hong Kong and Taiwan

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Not to be outdone by Motorola and Nokia, HTC's quietly trying to steal some of the competition's thunder by unexpectedly outing a not-for-sale, fashion-driven variant of the One X and now announcing that its 4.3-inch waterproof J handset will be heading to a couple more Asian markets. Of course,...
HTC's waterproof, WiMAX-capable J handset now available in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Panasonic Lumix GH3 launches on December 13th, but pricing remains a mystery

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Panasonic's forthcoming mirror-less multimedia wonder has been given a release date. Yep, the Lumix GH3, with its 'unlimited recording time' and magnesium alloy build, will arrive in the Land of the Rising Sun just over a month from now. While the Japanese press release doesn't specify pricing, you can...
Panasonic Lumix GH3 launches on December 13th, but pricing remains a mystery

NEC LaVie Y brings Lenovo's 360-degree IdeaPad Yoga hybrid tablet to Japan

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Don't think that Lenovo is keeping the IdeaPad Yoga's bendy secrets all to itself: its Japanese partner NEC is bringing a variant of the ARM-based Yoga 11 to the land of the rising sun as the LaVie Y. The 11.6-inch blend of laptop and tablet keeps the signature 360-degree...
NEC LaVie Y brings Lenovo's 360-degree IdeaPad Yoga hybrid tablet to Japan

The Huffington Post launches its local Japanese edition

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“This year, we want to go from international to truly global,” said Jimmy Maymann, CEO of The Huffington Post, in an interview with TNW a few weeks back. Indeed, 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for The Huffington Post from a global perspective, with the local...
The Huffington Post launches its local Japanese edition

Sony Entertainment Network web store launching in Japan on May 29th

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The Sony Entertainment Network, which is already live in the US and Brazil among other countries, will launch in Japan on May 29th. As you may recall, the service is a browser-based marketplace with games, movies and other media available for download. SEN is especially targeted at PlayStation users;...
Sony Entertainment Network web store launching in Japan on May 29th

Casio's G-Shock GB5600A pairs nicely with iPhones, takes us down memory lane (hands-on)

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While Casio's G-Shock GB6900 was among the company's main focuses at CES 2013, there was yet another watch to be seen inside the company's booth. Interestingly enough, though, the Japanese firm wasn't exactly showcasing its novel G-Shock GB5600A -- instead, we found it hiding comfortably underneath a representative's long-sleeve...
Casio's G-Shock GB5600A pairs nicely with iPhones, takes us down memory lane (hands-on)

Uber Comes To Asia, Starts Trials In Singapore

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Uber has brought its premium taxi calling app to Singapore—the first country in Asia to get it. The company has been trialing its service here for the past week. According to users who have tried it out here, it runs Mercedes Benz S-Class sedans, setting it above the usual smaller...
Uber Comes To Asia, Starts Trials In Singapore

Sharp AQUOS SH-06D arrives from Japan, we go hands-on (video)

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Sharp's AQUOS SH-06D will most probably never leave the Land of The Rising Sun. That doesn't stop us, however, from lusting after its 4.5-inch. This 720p display also manages 3D, spread across a slinky 10mm frame that houses NTT DoCoMo's recently launched NOTTV streaming broadcast system. The device arrives...
Sharp AQUOS SH-06D arrives from Japan, we go hands-on (video)

Sony outs Lightning-friendly speaker dock in Japan, alarm clock and radio features in tow

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Sony may have unveiled a slew of new audio products back at CES 2013, but the company has been relatively quiet when it comes to launching ones that are compatible with Apple's novel Lightning connector. That being said, it looks as if folks in the Land of the Rising...
Sony outs Lightning-friendly speaker dock in Japan, alarm clock and radio features in tow

Fujitsu outs Lifebook U772/E Ultrabook with Ivy Bridge in Japan, aimed at the business crowd

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In case you didn't have enough Ivy Bridge-loaded machines to choose from, now you'll have one more to add to the pile of options -- at least if you live in the Land of the Rising Sun. Keeping the momentum going, Fujitsu has unveiled a fresh business-oriented Lifebook, the...
Fujitsu outs Lifebook U772/E Ultrabook with Ivy Bridge in Japan, aimed at the business crowd

A tour of some of Japan's coolest tech innovations, by Dentsu's Kei Shimada

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Think Japan’s not quite as innovative as it used to be? Kei Shimada, director of business development at advertising and PR firm Dentsu disagrees. At The Next Web Conference Europe 2013, he took to the stage to talk us through some of the innovations being worked on by his team...
A tour of some of Japan's coolest tech innovations, by Dentsu's Kei Shimada

LG's 5-inch Optimus G Pro launches in Japan

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South Korea gave the Optimus G Pro a reasonably warm reception after debuting, and now LG's hoping to pull off a similar victory in Japan. Those in the Land of the Rising Sun can now pick up the smartphone from NTT DoCoMo. Though the handset bears the same name...
LG's 5-inch Optimus G Pro launches in Japan

Mobile messaging app Kakao Talk hits 10m downloads in Japan, but still lags behind local rival Line

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Kakao Talk has revealed today that its Internet-based mobile messaging app has hit 10 million downloads in Japan, putting additional pressure on rivals Line and WeChat. The Korean mobile messaging giant published a blog post earlier today – spotted by  SD Japan - to celebrate the milestone with its renowned cast...
Mobile messaging app Kakao Talk hits 10m downloads in Japan, but still lags behind local rival Line
Japanese Tape Dispenser Cuts Tape To Desired Length

Kobo eReader Touch up for pre-order in Japan, hitting market with 'localized experience' July 19th

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Ever since Rakuten revealed its intentions to scoop up Kobo, the e-reader maker was clearly destined to hit the Japanese market. As noted a week or so back, the company's eReader Touch will be arriving the Land of the Rising Sun in July -- July 19th, to be exact....
Kobo eReader Touch up for pre-order in Japan, hitting market with 'localized experience' July 19th

Sony slashes the price of both the 3G and WiFi PlayStation Vita to 19,980 yen in Japan

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The president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ) has announced a price drop for the PlayStation Vita starting on February 28th, following relatively poor sales and a lack of exclusive or compelling titles. As noted by Engadget, the premium version of Sony’s handheld console – which supports both WiFi and 3G...
Sony slashes the price of both the 3G and WiFi PlayStation Vita to 19,980 yen in Japan

Kyocera announces Dingo S smartphone for Japan, promises over 18 hours of talk time in three colors

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Its no Droid RAZR Maxx HD, but Kyocera's Dingo S just might be the trick longevity lovers in the land of the rising sun are looking for. This 4.7-inch Android 4.0 handset's 2,520mAh battery claims to have the largest capacity of any sub 5-inch device in Japan, promising more...
Kyocera announces Dingo S smartphone for Japan, promises over 18 hours of talk time in three colors

Softbank unveils Disney-themed Android handset in pink and white

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Softbank unveiled a bevy of new phones for its winter and spring lineup, and among the raft of new hardware is a Disney Mobile Android handset. Clad with a white or pink back, the smartphone's rear is emblazoned with the smooching likenesses of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, who also...
Softbank unveils Disney-themed Android handset in pink and white

Fear and loathing in Japan

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Sharp is only the latest Japanese tech giant to experience shocking declines. Something seems to be rotten in the land of the rising sun. By Michael Fitzpatrick, contributor FORTUNE -- A much diminished electronics sector in Japan is buckling further still. How much more retrenchment and pain is needed to...
Fear and loathing in Japan

Star Wars-themed GPS steers Japanese geeks away from the dark side

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As if George Lucas wasn't already milking his money-printing franchise for all it's worth, comes this GPS gem out of Japan. To the (presumed) delight of fanboys everywhere, navigation maker Dinos has inked a licensing deal with Lucasfilm that conjures up an all-out, Star Wars-themed car nav system. From...
Star Wars-themed GPS steers Japanese geeks away from the dark side

Nintendo Slide Pad for 3DS review

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First impressions stay with you. Take our first look at the Nintendo 3DS, for example. Our first thought? "Hey, where's the second analog stick?" Given all the gaming genres that benefit from it, it's almost unthinkable for a major portable console to launch without an extra analog stick. It's...
Nintendo Slide Pad for 3DS review

Nexus 7 arrives in Japan, better late than never

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Well, it took a while, but Google has finally launched the Nexus 7 in Japan. The tablet made its state-side debut in July, but it took almost three months for it to cross the Pacific and land in the east Asian nation. Pricing is a little higher than what...
Nexus 7 arrives in Japan, better late than never
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