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Japan tech this week: Angry Birds are patient, fashion sites ambitious, Docomo slow but...

We’ve had another fun week here at SD, doing our best to bring you interesting tech stories going down in Japan. But in case...
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Japanese prime minister takes on jumping monkey role in new iPhone game

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe bounced back into the public eye this past December when he became the leader of Japan for the second...

Singapore’s Intraix partners with Smart Integration on smarter home energy management in Japan

Singapore-based startup Intraix has just announced a partnership with a Japanese company, Smart Integration, in the hopes of distributing its smart home energy management...
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Google Street View broadens its horizons, crashes a party in Japan

[googlemaps https://maps.google.co.jp/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=ja&geocode=&q=%E5%BE%B3%E5%B3%B6%E5%B8%82%E2%80%8E%E4%B8%A1%E5%9B%BD%E6%9C%AC%E7%94%BA2%E4%B8%81%E7%9B%AE%E2%80%8E&aq=&sll=34.794951,136.015481&sspn=41.68345,79.013672&brcurrent=3,0x35536d5fcf3eb667:0xa6aed8308f7c862d,0&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=%E5%BE%B3%E5%B3%B6%E7%9C%8C%E5%BE%B3%E5%B3%B6%E5%B8%82%E4%B8%A1%E5%9B%BD%E6%9C%AC%E7%94%BA%EF%BC%92%E4%B8%81%E7%9B%AE&t=m&layer=c&cbll=34.069679,134.551506&panoid=AW6v3GWsc0NdJMwOX1F4Qg&cbp=13,29.14,,0,-1.8&ll=34.063272,134.551535&spn=0.038393,0.072184&z=14&output=svembed&w=630&h=350] Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) today has announced that it has expanded its Street View coverage in Japan to a number of new areas, including Kochi...

Japan’s mobile wars intensify: Docomo moves up ultra-high speed data launch to 2015

We noted yesterday that even though NTT Docomo (TSE:9437) had reached 10 million LTE subscribers, it still lags behind its competitors in speed. And...
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Google Hangouts recruits Asian pop stars for new ‘A-Pop’ initiative

Google’s worldwide strategy to make Google+ a competitive social platform is increasingly making use of celebrities in its marketing efforts. All members of the...
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Tower defense game ‘Battle Cats’ now rules the Japanese app store

Battle Cats, the crazy mobile tower defense game from Japanese developer Ponos, has gradually worked its way up to become the top free iOS...
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Softbank to send 100 Japanese students to UC Berkeley to learn civic leadership

Softbank (TSE:9984) has announced the continuation of its Tomodachi program for 2013, an initiative to send Japanese high school students from areas most affected...
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Meet the Japanese company that’s making a sign language keyboard

Here’s a great crowdfunding project that’s currently getting some attention in Japan. An initiative from Fujisawa-based ShuR, the SLinto project aspires to be the...
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Mixi tries again: New photo printing service ‘Nohana’ targets parents in Japan

Japanese social network Mixi (TYO:2121) just launched a new photo service named Nohana (meaning ‘wild flowers’ in Japanese) targeting parents with small children. This...