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On My Mobile: Kayac’s Kayo Matsubara

This is part of our ‘On My Mobile’ series (RSS), a modest attempt to better understand how folks in Japan use their smartphones. We...
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KakaoTalk passes 10 million downloads in Japan

While NHN Japan’s Line is winning the chat application war in Japan by a large margin with over 45 million users , KakaoTalk is...

Japan’s Quan invests in Thailand’s mobile game startup Magic Box Asia

Tokyo-based Quan, the Japanese startup behind mobile apps like MyStickerShop and Lounge, announced today that it has invested in Bangkok-based game startup Magic Box...

Line passes 400M users, but is there room to further innovate in mobile messaging?

Japan’s Line Corporation announced today that its total registered users for its Line messaging app have surpassed the 400 million mark. The company has...

Is Tetris Monsters the next Puzzle & Dragons? [Video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzysmjvEflM&w=620&h=420] Many games have tried to replicate the success of Japan’s mobile smash hit Puzzle & Dragons, but there aren’t many that have really...

Celulo: Wizcorp connects the dots on a great puzzle game for iPhone

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myC9mUdgoWI&w=480&h=360] Last week Tokyo-based development studio Wizcorp unveiled a fun mobile game for iOS called Celulo. You’re presented with a grid of cells or...
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Japan-based Wantedly brings its social job platform to Android

Back in February we told you about the release of a new iOS application from Japan-based Wantedly, allows you to access the startup’s online...
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Kamcord raises $7M in funding, now lets users share game videos to Line, WeChat

San Francisco-based Kamcord announced this morning that it has raised $7.1 million in series A funding, in a round led by Silicon Valley-based TransLink...
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Survey yields surprising insights into smartphone use in Japan

Japanese software development company Just sytems has conducted a survey of 1,100 respondents ages 15 to 69 about about their usage of mobile and...

Meet 5 new mobile startups from KDDI’s tech accelerator

KDDI Mugen Labo, a startup incubator run by Japan’s second largest telco, recently held a conference called “4th Meeting” where we heard from five...