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Wii U hits Japan Dec. 8, starting at about $337

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Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console will launch in its native Japan in two configurations starting at ¥26,250 (about $337) on December 8, the company has announced. In a pre-recorded video streamed to the Internet, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed a "basic" white version of the system at that price...
Wii U hits Japan Dec. 8, starting at about $337

DeNA partners with Japanese Facebook-rival Mixi to create joint games development platform

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Social gaming giant DeNA has added to its list of strategic partners in its native Japan after announcing a mobile games development tie-in with Mixi, the country’s top local social network, aimed at wooing developers. Earlier this month DeNA — which recently posted record quarterly revenues of $627 million — pushed...
DeNA partners with Japanese Facebook-rival Mixi to create joint games development platform

Bamboo-Clad ADzero Android Phone Goes From Concept To Real Product

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Ever since I saw this mesmerizing commercial for the wood-clad (and unfortunately named) Touch Wood, I’ve been a sucker for phones of a more organic persuasion. While the Touch Wood ultimately never saw the light of day outside of its native Japan, another wooden smartphone is preparing to take the...
Bamboo-Clad ADzero Android Phone Goes From Concept To Real Product

Japanese food app Snapdish cooks up funding from early Twitter investor Digital Garage

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Snapdish, a mobile app for food lovers from Japan, just landed a tasty take-out after its development company Vuzz secured investment from prolific domestic tech firm Digital Garage. The service allows iOS and Android device owners to post photos and descriptions of food and drinks, which can then be shared and...
Japanese food app Snapdish cooks up funding from early Twitter investor Digital Garage

DoCoMo expands its retail business into fashion with $22 million deal for Magaseek

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NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest operator, has expanded its e-commerce business after announcing the acquisition of fashion-focused online retailer Magaseek for 2.04 billion yen (around $22 million). The operator — which has around 50 percent market share in the country — announced a public tender offer for the startup back in January,...
DoCoMo expands its retail business into fashion with $22 million deal for Magaseek

Rakuten re-introduces Kobo Android app in Japan after four month rebuild

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Rakuten has boosted the Kobo brand in its native Japan after it re-introduced the Kobo for Android app in the country, four months after shutting it down to rebuilt it. E-commerce juggernaut Rakuten bought the Canadian business in November 2011 for $315 million, as part of its strategy to increase...
Rakuten re-introduces Kobo Android app in Japan after four month rebuild

Japanese mobile gaming firm DeNA strengthens China presence with Sina Weibo deal

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Japanese mobile social gaming firm DeNA has taken another step to increase its presence in China with the announcement that it is linking up with microblogging giant Sina Weibo in the country. The tie-up will see DeNA’s Mobage gaming platform made “even more accessible” to the microblog service’s 300 million...
Japanese mobile gaming firm DeNA strengthens China presence with Sina Weibo deal

Mobile games giant GREE inks carrier billing deal with SingTel, its first outside of Japan

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Mobile gaming giant GREE’s plans to ramp up revenues outside of its native Japan have advanced today after it announced a deal that brings carrier billing to user of its games on Singapore-based operator SingTel’s network. The deal is the first of its kind for the company outside of Japan,...
Mobile games giant GREE inks carrier billing deal with SingTel, its first outside of Japan

Sony ends 8 years of resistance, finally brings its music to Apple's iTunes in its native Japan

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In what is a clear sign of the times, struggling entertainment giant Sony has finally given in to Apple and opened its catalogue of music to users of the US company’s iTunes service in its native Japan, ending an 8-year long shutout. The Nikkei reports that the service began yesterday...
Sony ends 8 years of resistance, finally brings its music to Apple's iTunes in its native Japan

Kobo launches the Aura HD, a limited edition ereader for 'the passionate book lover'

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Amazon’s Kindle may be the poster child of the ereader world, but Barnes & Noble (Nook), Sony and Kobo also have their fingers firmly in the ebook pie. With that in mind, at an event in London today, Canadian company Kobo announced the Kobo Aura HD, a new ereader device which...
Kobo launches the Aura HD, a limited edition ereader for 'the passionate book lover'
Meet Feel UX: Sharp’s Answer To HTC’s Sense And Samsung’s TouchWiz

Sharp Aquos SH930W reviewed early in Russia, mates Sharp's 1080p screen with a mid-tier phone

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Lest you think HTC has a complete lock on Sharp's supply of extra-dense 5-inch, 1080p screens for the Droid DNA and J Butterfly, Sharp itself is building a phone around the giant LCD. The Aquos Phone SH930W slightly rethinks the internals of HTC's new Android 4.1 flagship to make...
Sharp Aquos SH930W reviewed early in Russia, mates Sharp's 1080p screen with a mid-tier phone
Big Tech: How an Art Historian Helped Bring the Internet to Japan

Fujitsu smartphones venture outside Japan, with elderly Europeans in mind

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Fujitsu is known for many things outside its native Japan, but not for its smartphones. To a small degree, this is now about to change – in June, the company will launch an Android device for senior citizens, the Stylistic S01, on the Orange network in France. The device fits...
Fujitsu smartphones venture outside Japan, with elderly Europeans in mind

Japan’s top social network Mixi is reportedly set for new ownership

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Japan’s ground breaking social network Mixi is reportedly set to be sold with its founder looking to offload his 55 percent majority stake in the company, according to tech blog Asiajin. Japanese business site Nikkei reports that Mixi founder and CEO Kenji Kasahara is ready to call time on the site that...
Japan’s top social network Mixi is reportedly set for new ownership

Mobile messaging apps are gaining on Facebook in Asia, as Line hits 10m users in Thailand

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It’s been more than a week since Facebook was linked with the possible acquisition of WhatsApp. While the industry has moved on quickly — such is life when rumor and news break aplenty — the speculation has raised awareness of the significance of mobile chat apps and the steam that...
Mobile messaging apps are gaining on Facebook in Asia, as Line hits 10m users in Thailand

Fujitsu set to enter Europe with a “wide range” of smartphones and tablets

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Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu is planning to enter Europe’s smartphone and tablet markets this year with the release of a number Android and Windows Phone 7-based devices, according to a report from the Financial Times. Fujitsu has confirmed that it is already in talks with operators about partnering to release...
Fujitsu set to enter Europe with a “wide range” of smartphones and tablets

Rakuten posts record year-end revenue of $4.7b, but $305m restructuring loss drags down net income

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Japanese ecommerce titan Rakuten has just posted solid results for fiscal 2012 with record highs in net sales, operating profit and ordinary profit, but its overall performance was dragged down by a $305 million loss (28.6 billion yen) related to restructuring charges for Play.com in the UK and Buy.com in...
Rakuten posts record year-end revenue of $4.7b, but $305m restructuring loss drags down net income

Asian mobile messaging firm Line’s first integrated app passes 2m downloads within 24 hours

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Earlier this week, I penned some thoughts about how messaging apps are challenging social networks for attention on mobile devices — particularly in Asia — and that threat has been illustrated after the first Line-hosted app drew 2 million downloads within a day of launch. Line, the Japan-born app with...
Asian mobile messaging firm Line’s first integrated app passes 2m downloads within 24 hours

GREE takes its mobile social games network global in open beta

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Japanese giant hopes to take its domestic success to the WestWith revenues of around £348m in the first quarter of 2012 alone, GREE may be the biggest social games company in the world. What about Zynga? Its revenues were around £204m for the same period.All of GREE's revenues came from...
GREE takes its mobile social games network global in open beta

Mobile gaming giant DeNA launches Groovy, a Japan-only music-streaming app for Android

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Mobile gaming firm DeNA has launched a new social music-streaming app in its native Japan, almost three months after it first intimated it would following the acquisition of another local ‘start-app’. Just to recap, back in January DeNA launched a full corporate rebrand as it strove to unite its global...
Mobile gaming giant DeNA launches Groovy, a Japan-only music-streaming app for Android

Sony Xperia UL announced for Japan: 5-inch 1080p display and 15-frame burst photography skills (video)

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The FCC might have spoiled the surprise, but Sony's now gone official with yet another smartphone and this one's for its native Japan. The Xperia UL appears to be a slightly thicker riff on the Xperia Z, matching the display of the company's early-2013 flagship, while adding a Snapdragon...
Sony Xperia UL announced for Japan: 5-inch 1080p display and 15-frame burst photography skills (video)

Rakuten takes on PayPal in Japan with Square-like Smartpay mobile payment system

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Global ecommerce giant Rakuten has taken the significant step of launching its own mobile payments system — Smartpay — in its native Japan, where PayPal is among the companies already active. Rakuten has confirmed that there’s no official press release launching the service but, according to a Techwave article (spotted by Tech...
Rakuten takes on PayPal in Japan with Square-like Smartpay mobile payment system

Hands on with Line, the 60 million user strong mobile-social network from Japan

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Line is a fast-growing new mobile-social network and platform from NHN Japan. It’s available now as a free download for iOS and Android devices, with additional in-app purchases for custom content such as virtual stickers. Although still relatively unknown outside of its native Japan, where it launched back in June...
Hands on with Line, the 60 million user strong mobile-social network from Japan

Japan's DoCoMo bids to acquire online fashion retailer MagaSeek for upwards of $13.1 million

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Eager to expand its e-commerce business into new segments, Japanese operator DoCoMo has tabled an offer to acquire local fashion shopping site MagaSeek for upwards of $13.1 million (1.19 billion yen), Tech In Asia reports. In a note on its website, DoCoMo says it is aiming to buy a minimum 41.67...
Japan's DoCoMo bids to acquire online fashion retailer MagaSeek for upwards of $13.1 million

Troubled Sharp is reportedly looking to offload $1.2 billion in assets

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Troubled Japanese tech giant Sharp is reportedly looking to sell more than $1.2 billion in assets, including a key solar panel plant in its native Japan. A report from the Daily Yomiuri [via Reuters] claims that the company is already in negotiations with an overseas bidder as it looks to...
Troubled Sharp is reportedly looking to offload $1.2 billion in assets

Rakuten boosts its European presence with undisclosed deal for French logistics firm ADS

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Japanese giant Rakuten has made another European acquisition after it bought up French e-commerce logistics firm Alpha Direct Services (ADS) in an undisclosed deal that it says will bolster its global business, which includes PriceMinister in France. The deal, which represents its first investment in a logistics firm outside of its...
Rakuten boosts its European presence with undisclosed deal for French logistics firm ADS
HTC's Chief Product Officer on Nokia, design, and Android versus Windows Phone

DeNA countersues GREE as the Japanese gaming firms’ feud escalates

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Japan’s two largest mobile gaming social networks have taken their rivalry to the courtroon, for the second time in less than three months. The Mainichi Daily News has details of a legal suit that DeNA has taken out against GREE in response to comments regarding allegations of “business interference”. The events...
DeNA countersues GREE as the Japanese gaming firms’ feud escalates
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