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Japan’s Softbank Mobile to acquire majority shares of game developer Gungho Online Entertainment

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank Mobile announced today it would tender an offer of social gaming giant Gungho Online Entertainment. Softbank (TSE:9984) was founded by...
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Japan tech this week: Apps for finance, photos, and fair skin

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...

So you’re the new Japanese prime minister, eh? There’s an app for that!

On Friday the Japanese prime minister's office unveiled smartphone apps for Android and iOS, with aim of giving the country's leader more reach to...
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Google Maps adds spectacular 45-degree aerial view to select Japanese cities

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has announced that it has added Tokyo, Kawasaki, Chiba, and Sendai to the list of cities worldwide that have the slick 45-degree...
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Japan’s members-only discount site LUXA raises $5.32M

Tokyo-based e-commerce website LUXA has announced today that it has raised 500 million yen in series B funding from the JAFCO Super V3 Fund....
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With 4 million downloads for iPhone, popular Japanese collage app hits Android [Video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pPNd-aSUJg&w=560&h=315] Japanese photo application Papelook has just announced that it has surpassed 4 million downloads on iOS. The application, which very much falls in...

Fabless printing startup Raksul partners with Stores.jp, fulfills printing needs for e-store owners

See the original story in Japanese. Raksul, a Tokyo-based startup providing online printing services, announced today it has partnered with Stores.jp, the e-commerce platform that...

Tomy’s dog-to-human communication toy introduces tots to mobile translation

For Japanese parents looking for a toy for their baby girl’s next birthday, Tomy’s Ketai Wanko (roughly translated as “mobile dog”) might be a...
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Alpaca bashing game inexplicably popular in Japan with 1 million downloads

We’ve featured some strange Japanese mobile games here on SD Japan in the past, but this one ranks way up there among the strangest....

Language Cloud gets investment boost from CyberAgent Ventures

CyberAgent Ventures, the venture capital arm of CyberAgent (TSE:4751), has announced its investment in language education platform Language Cloud. The startup is a graduate...