Tech In Asia


Myojo Waraku: Startups Converge on Fukuoka for Japan’s Rendition of South By Southwest

This weekend in Fukuoka, Japan’s answer to South by South West, Myojo Waraku, took place, spotlighting artists, music, and up-and-coming startups as well. As a part of the ‘startup showcase’ on day two of the event, ten startups from Japan and around Asia took to the stage to pitch ...

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How Rakuten’s Global Expansion Began With Baby Steps in Taiwan

An interview that I had with with the CEO of Rakuten Taiwan Yuichi Ejiri, who explains a little about how the Japanese internet giant executed its first venture abroad.

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Average Global Internet Connection Improves, Still Dwarfed by Asian Speed Demons [Map]

I dove into an Akamai dataset of broadband internet speeds for each country, by quarter, going all the way back to 2007. Using a combo of Google Fusion Tables and the Google Charts API, I whipped up this map (see below), which features bar charts showing quarterly internet speeds (in ...

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After European Acquisition, 99Designs CEO Talks About Asia Plans

Earlier this week design marketplace 99designs acquired European rival 12designer for an undisclosed sum. For 99designs, this marks an important step in its expansion in Europe, of course, but what about the company’s plans for Asia? We got in touch with CEO Patrick Llewellyn to find out how 99designs ...

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Chinese Gaming Giant The9 Making Mobile Moves, Thinking More Global

Having already established itself as a powerhouse in the PC online gaming space, Chinese gaming company The9 (NASDAQ:NCTY) is now looking to change with the times and already has a decent foothold in the newer game spaces of mobile, social, and web. Its social gaming platform, The9 Game Zone ...

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Japan’s Docomo Hits 60 Million Mobile Subscribers

As Japan’s NTT Docomo reached 60 million subscribers, I jumped into a fairly large data set of the country’s mobile subscribers since 1996 to see how things progressed over time.

I wrote about this in two blog posts (here and here, with the data visualized first as a ...

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Tokyo Game Show: Interview with Taisei Yoshida of GREE

We had a chance to sit down and talk with GREE’s senior vice president of media business development, Taisei Yoshida at the Tokyo Game Show. He elaborated a little more on the company’s rapid rise so far, as well as its lofty aspirations for the future.

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