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Akky Akimoto

Akky Akimoto writes for Asiajin.com, an English/Spanish blog on the Japanese web scene. He is also an in-house blogger for Cybozu Labs, which helped him get over 120,000 tech-loving Twitter followers. He has worked as a localization engineer in the U.K., the U.S. and Vietnam as well as in Japan.

For Akky Akimoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Using imported mobile devices may be illegal

| Mar 7, 2015

Using imported mobile devices may be illegal

Residents of Japan may be shocked to learn they are technically violating the country’s Radio Law by connecting computers, smartphones and tablets that have been purchased outside of Japan to domestic WiFi sites. Although legislation says such violations are punishable by up to a ...

Digital manga giving print a run for it money

| Oct 11, 2014

Digital manga giving print a run for it money

Manga is a central part of Japanese pop culture, appealing not only to kids but also to salarymen and women on their daily commute. Even former Prime Minister Taro Aso declared his love for the medium. If you think smartphones have replaced these comics ...

Internet fraud takes a turn for the strange

| Sep 13, 2014

Internet fraud takes a turn for the strange

Two widely reported Web stories this year have been related to online-services fraud. One concerns online banking, the other account-hacking on a smartphone messenger service. If you use the online services of Japanese banks, you may have noticed that their websites have become decorated ...

The pros and cons of kids owning smartphones

| Jul 12, 2014

The pros and cons of kids owning smartphones

Smartphones are everywhere now, and their diffusion has spread from adults to students in high school, then junior high and now even elementary school. The trend has led to the question: When and how should kids use smartphones? Parents, of course, are battling with ...