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

by Marcie Kagawa

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 ...

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

Feb 18, 2014

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

by Siti Rahil

Japanese fashion brand and retailer Satisfaction Guaranteed has launched the sale of “kawaii,” or cute, merchandise usually associated with Japan, through high-tech digital vending machines in Singapore. “Singapore will . . . be the first country outside of Japan to have this intelligent digital ...