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A new iPhone app from Japan brings fun stamps to Facebook messaging [Video]

What is the major difference between Japan's wildly popular Line chat app and Facebook Messenger? It’s stamps. But not anymore, thanks to a Tokyo-based...
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Growing well in Southeast Asia, Nijibox launches ‘JKT48 Card Battle’ in Indonesia

Following up on its Fantasia games series, Japanese game publisher Nijibox launched a new card battle game on the Southeast Asian feature phone games...
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Watch out WeChat! Japan’s Line becomes the top social app in China

Japanese chat application Line pulled off a pretty impressive feat this week, achieving the top spot in Apple’s Chinese App Store in the social...

Japanese online dating site Qrunch raises funds from Mitsubishi UFJ Capital

Tokyo-based startup Qrunch, the company behind online dating site MatchAlarm, announced today it has raised an unspecified amount of funds from Mitsubishi UFJ Capital....

Japanese gadget maker King Jim to sell 360° video meeting recorder

Japanese novelty gadget vendor King Jim has created a device for recording video of your company meetings. Intended to be a solution to taking...

Yahoo Japan to launch online ticket sales service, poised to shake up $10B market

Japan’s Nikkei reports that Yahoo Japan (TYO:4689) will launch an online ticket sales service that will allow users to join live events by presenting...
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Japan’s Line Corporation gets into the e-book business with ‘Line Manga’

I wrote a few weeks back about how with 100 million users, Line is the Japanese Facebook. The popular mobile application is far more...

UI Scope teams up with DeployGate to create a one-stop app testing solution

    See the original story in Japanese. We frequently hear words like ‘usability’ or ’user experience", but still very few developers have conducted user tests for...

KDDI to migrate its music service to Kkbox, joining Asia’s largest music network

Japan’s second largest telco KDDI (TYO:9433) announced today that it would rebrand Lismo, its subscription mobile music service, to the ‘Kkbox’ effective in June....
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Japan tech this week: Crowdsourcing, chat apps, and a SNS for seniors

We’ve had another fun week here at SD, doing our best to bring you interesting tech stories going down in Japan. But in...