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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...

Despite slower speeds, NTT Docomo quick to surpass 10 million LTE subscribers

Japanese carrier NTT Docomo (NYSE:DCM) has just announced that it has surpassed 10 million LTE subscriber milestone. This comes after the company topped the...
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GREE and Yahoo Japan set up joint venture for mobile social game development

See our Japanese report on this story Japanese social gaming giant GREE (TYO:3632) and Yahoo Japan (TYO:4689) are announcing today that they will...
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Japan tech this week: Bahamut, business cards, and YouTube’s Valentine for Tokyo

In our second week live we enjoyed bringing you a wide range of stories. In case you missed any of them, here they are...
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YouTube opens its third global space for video creators in Tokyo

Read our Japanese report on this event Located a few floors below Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) high-rise Tokyo office, the internet giant today announced a brand new...