High school dancer puts a skip in Toyama's step

Nov 6, 2014

High school dancer puts a skip in Toyama's step

A high school girl whose dance videos have found an avid following on the Internet is bringing some cool cred to her hometown, the economically depressed but perky city of Toyama. Aika Miyajima, 18, started posting video clips of her dancing online in June ...

Nico Nico moves into Ikebukuro

Oct 24, 2014

Nico Nico moves into Ikebukuro

by Patrick ST. Michel

Since launching in 2006, online video-sharing service Nico Nico (originally Nico Nico Douga) has become one of Japan’s central hubs for aspiring artists and entertainers to share their talents with users across the country. They’ve fostered a millions-strong community capable of influencing mainstream Japanese ...

Opposition slams ruling bloc on jobs deregulation

Jun 29, 2013

Opposition slams ruling bloc on jobs deregulation

by Reiji Yoshida

Major party leaders held their first online debate Friday ahead of the July 21 Upper House election, with opposition chiefs voicing concern that ruling bloc-proposed employment deregulation may further worsen the working conditions of younger generations. Opposition leaders also raised concerns over Japan’s planned ...

Politicians roll up sleeves at Net event

Apr 29, 2013

Politicians roll up sleeves at Net event

by Ayako Mie

Political parties over the weekend competed for the support of heavy Internet users at an event hosted by an online video-sharing site in the runup to the House of Councilors election in July, the first election to allow politicians unfettered access to the Web ...

Nico Nico Douga becomes reality for two days

Apr 28, 2013

Nico Nico Douga becomes reality for two days

by Kazuaki Nagata

Dwango Co. kicked off a two-day event Saturday that aims to turn the online world of video-sharing site Nico Nico Douga into physical reality. The first day of the annual Nico Nico Chokaigi event hosted by the video-sharing giant drew a variety of people ...