Telecom firms push to spread Wi-Fi to mountains, trails, huts

Aug 11, 2016

Telecom firms push to spread Wi-Fi to mountains, trails, huts

As Japan ushered the new Mountain Day public holiday on Thursday, telecommunications carriers vowed to expand Wi-Fi availability in cottages and on the trails winding through its numerous peaks. The wireless connections are expected to be useful in dealing with natural disasters or lost ...

Aug 4, 2016

Line, Shibuya Ward sign deal for online services

Line Corp. said it has signed an agreement with Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward to use its technology to improve online services provided by the municipality. It is the first municipal deal for the popular Japanese messaging application provider, which is owned by South Korea’s Naver ...

Aug 3, 2016

Mercari mulls additional funding after clinching U.S. foothold

Japan’s first startup unicorn is considering a new fundraising round to maintain momentum after a spike in U.S. downloads for e-commerce company Mercari Inc. The company’s free mobile app, which matches individual buyers and sellers, jumped to No. 3 in the U.S. download rankings ...

Line shares soar 50% as IPO takes Tokyo by storm

Jul 15, 2016

Line shares soar 50% as IPO takes Tokyo by storm

Shares in messaging app Line soared as the company listed in Tokyo on Friday, rocketing 50 percent in the biggest technology IPO this year. The shares reached ¥5,000 in early trading, up from the ¥3,300 set at launch, and valuing the firm at nearly ...

Cosmetics firm Shiseido rolls out smile-rating app

Jun 23, 2016

Cosmetics firm Shiseido rolls out smile-rating app

How do you know if you’ve got that winning smile? There’s an app for that. Japanese cosmetics firm Shiseido says it has come up with a system to rate a person’s smile by measuring facial movements. Users look into a tablet device with the ...

N.Y. senator urges probe into ad firm's 'spying billboards'

May 2, 2016

N.Y. senator urges probe into ad firm's 'spying billboards'

A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company’s latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers. New York Sen. Charles Schumer has dubbed Clear Channel Outdoor Americas’ so-called RADAR program “spying billboards,” warning the service may violate ...