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StickerMe: Add your own face to mobile chat stickers, share on Facebook, Line, or...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep3fDhvk5BM] Adding to our growing list of fun Japanese photo apps, here’s one for all your guys who have joined the mobile chat app...
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This hard drive will self-destruct: New HDD case from Japan takes security seriously!

Whether it’s a Facebook post, a tweet, or a photo, the general understanding of web and digital content used to be that it lives...
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Line’s hockey stick moment: Japanese chat app hits 150 million users worldwide

(Read this article in Japanese) We knew this milestone wasn’t far off after Line Corporation CEO Akira Morikawa noted at the recent Japan New Economy...
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Japanese finance app Zaim rolls out slick web version, updates Android app with OCR

Read our Japanese article on Zaim's new web interface Last week we mentioned that Japanese personal finance application Zaim had added OCR to its repertoire,...
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Puzzle & Dragons still killing it, tops 13 million downloads

Japan’s hit mobile game Puzzle & Dragons has surpassed the 13 million downloads milestone as of yesterday, just 19 days after it passed the...

‘Kame Camera’ takes Japanese schoolgirl Dragon Ball meme a step further

About a month ago, an internet meme called Makankosappo (literally translated as “Magic Penetrating Killing Ray”) spread around the world pretty fast. It all...

Relux: A satisfaction-guaranteed online marketplace for Japanese inns

Many Japanese traditional-style inns, or ‘ryokan’, are known for their fine hospitality. And with the goal of helping you find the best ones, Relux,...
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Line tries to hook kids early, launching toy smartphone with Takaratomy

Last week we had a chance to hear Line Corporation’s Akira Morikawa talk about his company’s fast and furious global strategy to promote their...
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Japan tech this week: Origami, funding, and fun in Fukuoka

It was a pretty busy week for us here at SD Japan. In addition to all the regular news that we typically cover, we...

Moneytree gives Japanese consumers smarter access to their finances

See the original story in Japanese. Our readers may recall when we recently featured Japanese personal finance app Zaim. It finally has OCR functionality which...