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Japanese app ‘Poica’ wants to carry all your point cards

Most people probably carry around a few point cards from some of their favorite retailers in their wallets. Although if you live in Japan,...
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Japanese mobile game ‘Battle Cats’ hits 2 million downloads [Gameplay Video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBAXsAwFmDE?rel=0&w=560&h=315] I’ve made no secret that I’m a big fan of Ponos’s ‘Battle Cats’. It’s a ridiculously fun tower defense game with an incredible...

Lang-8: The language learning startup that’s playing the long game

Lang–8, launched in 2007, is a language-learning platform in which users from different language backgrounds can socially correct each other’s writings. The CEO YangYang Xi...

How Japan’s SnapDish app catered to foreign foodies

Many mobile applications from Japan aspire to reach a global audience. The food photo and recipe-sharing mobile app SnapDish is an example of such...

Japanese fashion coordination site iQON raises $3.2M, will boost marketing efforts

See original story in Japanese Vasily, a Tokyo-based startup which runs online fashion coordination service iQON, announced today that it has fundraised a total...

In Japan, there is no escaping Rakuten’s reach

Rakuten-Ichiba, Japan's biggest online mall, celebrated its 15th anniversary last May. Rakuten (JSD:4755) originally launched back in May of 1997, with just thirteen...
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Slimmed down and refreshed: Sleipnir 4 Browser for Mac, from Japan’s Fenrir Inc [Video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-H48Qtr-sM&w=560&h=315] I’m a Google Chrome user, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon due. But I’m always eager to see the alternatives that...
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With 100 million users, LINE is the Japanese Facebook

Line, one of the most popular smartphone apps in Japan, recently reached the 100 million user milestone. The free chat application was made by...
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Tokyo Otaku Mode has 10 million Facebook fans — But now what?

When I first heard of Japan-based startup Tokyo Otaku Mode it was little more than a Facebook page sharing content about Japanese Otaku subculture....

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