METI plans bilingual app that scans sake labels

Jun 28, 2015

METI plans bilingual app that scans sake labels

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to develop a free smartphone app that scans sake labels to provide information in Japanese and English. The app will display such data as alcohol content, the variety of rice used and recommended drinking temperatures, as ...

'Cool Japan' complex envisioned in Saitama

Jun 5, 2015

'Cool Japan' complex envisioned in Saitama

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Publisher Kadokawa Corp. has unveiled a vision to turn Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, into a hub for the “Cool Japan” movement by creating a cultural complex that it claims Japan has never seen the likes of before. Calling it the “Cool Japan Forest Vision,” the ...

Virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku performs first 'live' show in China

May 21, 2015

Virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku performs first 'live' show in China

Japanese virtual pop sensation Hatsune Miku has toured the world, performing “live” on stages from Singapore to Los Angeles and even opening for Lady Gaga. But despite legions of adoring fans and worldwide recognition, the computer-generated star, who made her first concert appearance overseas ...

Cool Japan academies to open across Asia

Jul 9, 2014

Cool Japan academies to open across Asia

Leading publisher Kadokawa Corp. has announced plans to open a slew of academies across East and Southeast Asia, starting with Taiwan and Singapore, each pushing knowledge of the core design skills at the heart of Japanese pop culture. Kadokawa said recently that it will ...

Doraemon hitting U.S. airwaves this summer

Jun 25, 2014

Doraemon hitting U.S. airwaves this summer

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Japan’s beloved blue robotic cat from the 22nd century is finally making his U.S. debut this summer, promoted as part of the Cool Japan campaign to export the country’s pop culture around the world. The Japan External Trade Organization held a “Doraemon” launch party ...