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Vanquish: in-store manga camera

See how one Japanese fashion company has mastered digital marketing

As far as digital efforts in the fashion industry goes, there is an unfortunate lack of innovation in Japan. Even the more enthusiastic brands...
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Japanese curation site Naver Matome boasts 41 million users, cures information overload

This is part of our ‘Japanese internet in-depth’ series (RSS). Stay tuned for more features that aim to explain what makes the internet unique...

Looking for a job in Japan? Dragon Gate lets you pitch your skills to...

Dragon Gate is a job matching site that connects foreign students to Japanese companies. It was recently launched by Future Design Lab, a...
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Japan’s Pocket Concierge fills cancelled restaurant reservations with eager customers

Read this story in Japanese. When you go for a night out on the town, how do you find the best restaurant? In Japan, most...
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Laying the foundation for Google Glass: Japanese projects that pushed the space forward

There’s much anticipation over the very futuristic Google Glass, which promises to deliver smartphone-like capabilities in a pair of wearable glasses. But the idea...
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Japan’s DeployGate aspires to be a standard tool for Android development

Japanese social network Mixi (TYO:2121) doesn’t often do business beyond its home market, so I was pretty intrigued recently to get a preview of...

Smapo: Can Japan’s answer to Shopkick fend off new competition?

Many of our readers are likely familiar with Shopkick, a popular smartphone app that rewards customers as they enter a store. Well, Japan has...

Wind Runner: The latest Line game to hit number 1 in Japan’s App Store

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmmpN2Xke98&w=560&h=315] NHN Japan has been releasing a number of casual games via its popular Line chat platform in recent months, all of them relatively...
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Niconico Douga: Japanese online video site puts discussion front and center

Youtube is the most popular online video site in the world, and it’s certainly big here in Japan too. But Japan also has a...

Tokyo Otaku Mode keeps improving its manga photo app [Video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCliEeWWIps&w=560&h=315] Just last week we reported that the up-and-coming Japanese startup Tokyo Otaku Mode had raised a new round of funding from three VC...