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Could the next wave in mobile messaging be video? 500 Startups’ Unda hopes so.

Mobile video has always been a somewhat perilous space for startups. I was a big fan of Seesmic back in 2008, which at the...
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Designing for Women: 10 of the Cutest Color Palettes from Japan

Over the past few months, we have written about what we see as a trend coming from Japanese mobile developers: The country is exceptionally...
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GotchaWarriors: Is this Japan’s answer to Plants vs Zombies? [Video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1QFZMgj-tM]GotchaWarriors is a fun new Japanese tower defense game, first published on iOS a little less than a month ago. It’s very similar...
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Japan’s Weathernews hopes to take the US market by storm

Japanese companies have been very good at monetizing the mobile space, most notably gaming companies. But there’s one sector that you would likely not...
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Japan finds a new way to work: In conversation with Crowdworks’ Koichiro Yoshida

See the original article in Japanese Tokyo-based Crowdworks, the startup behind the crowdsourcing platform of the same name, announced on December 2nd that it has...
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What’s in a name? For Japanese startups, sometimes alphabet soup

Over the past few years we are seeing more Japanese startups than ever before looking beyond domestic borders to markets abroad. This is undeniably...
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With 230M registered users, LINE reveals 3 new services, global expansion plans

For Japanese coverage of Line's event, see here and here. Line Corporation held a press conference today in Tokyo where it revealed some information about...
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As the race for high-skilled immigrants begins, does Japan want to compete?

If you have spent any time reading tech blogs today, you’ve likely stumbled across Mary Meeker’s/KPCB’s annual report on internet trends. It’s packed with...
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Kobito for Mac lets you share bits of code with Japanese programming community [Video]

In the past we have featured Japanese code/knowledge sharing service Qiita. With over 20,000 domestic users (and over 220,000 monthly unique visitors ) the...

How Puzzle & Dragons connects with Japan’s commuters

People often look at GungHo Online Entertainment’s hit game Puzzle & Dragons and wonder why it’s such a strong mobile title. I’ve already written...