Brazil narrowly edges out USA in three close sets

Kyoto, Japan, November 20, 2013 - Both Brazil and the USA were winners on day one of the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup in Kyoto, with victories over Iran and Japan respectively. Going into this match, the two teams had faced each other 64 times in international ...

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Mousavi and Iran block Italy in Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan, November 20, 2013 - The Italians, who picked up an impressive game one win against Russia to open the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup, faced a determined Iran team who were coming off a loss against Brazil. These teams had played five times before, with ...

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Interview with Kei Kajitani, VCNC Japan president

I conducted an interview with Kei Kajitani, the president of VCNC Japan, who operate couples app Between in the country. Here is a short video that I shot with him giving a brief overview of his company. It's in Japanese and I added English subtitles. Shot outside, on the ...

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Interview with Takako Kansai, founder of Zaim

It has been a while since we checked in on Japanese personal finance app Zaim. So I was surprised and delighted to bump into the service’s creator Takako Kansai at an event in Osaka last week. In addition to being a mainstay app on my mobile, letting me scan ...

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Say Hi to beautiful location-based experiences

I like content presented on maps. And I’ve been a big fan of Hitotoki, developed by Craig Mod and the folks at Tokyo-based AQ, since a few years back. It was a great collection of geo-tagged stories, wrapped in the kind of beautiful design that great stories deserve. But ...

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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 expect would be easy to monetize, and that’s weather information. But a company in Japan called Weathernews has done pretty well for itself in ...

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A new crop of smartphones for spring

As spring descends on Japan, we’ll all be welcoming warmer temperatures and cherry blossoms in the coming weeks. But spring in Japan typically means new smartphone lineups from Japan’s major mobile carriers, too. And while consumers’ love for Apple’s iPhone is still in full bloom, there are ...

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The announcement I wish Nintendo would make

This morning I stumbled across M.G. Siegler’s post on the death of Nintendo, which he says has been “greatly under-exaggerated.” Like Siegler, I’m a fan of Nintendo. But I don’t think they’re completely dead. There is one final Hail Mary pass that I think Nintendo ...

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