Hello Kitty parking lot opens in Tokyo's Asakusa district

Jan 29, 2016

Hello Kitty parking lot opens in Tokyo's Asakusa district

Character goods maker Sanrio Co. and Mitsui Fudosan Realty Co. have opened a car-parking space featuring Hello Kitty, the beloved kitten character, in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. As Hello Kitty is also popular outside Japan, the car-parking lot near the Kaminarimon entrance gate of Sensoji, ...

Hello Kitty owner Sanrio says site's security fixed

Dec 23, 2015

Hello Kitty owner Sanrio says site's security fixed

The company that owns the Hello Kitty brand said it has fixed a security leak in an online fan site for the character that compromised the personal information of 3.3 million users. Sanrio Co.’s digital arm said Tuesday that it “corrected” a security vulnerability ...

Jul 2, 2015

Sanrio plans to release Hello Kitty movie in 2019

Character goods business Sanrio Co. said Thursday it aims to globally release a film featuring its famed Hello Kitty character as early as 2019 through a wholly owned subsidiary it set up in the United States. With the project cost expected to total ¥20 ...

Family flashbacks to a psychedelic day with Kitty

| Feb 20, 2014

Family flashbacks to a psychedelic day with Kitty

In this column, it has been my sworn duty to share Tokyo’s bounty of kid-friendly activities with interested parents like you. I hope earlier columns indicate that I take this responsibility seriously, striving to showcase only places that add much-needed components of fun, culture ...

Sanrio said to violate children's privacy

Dec 18, 2013

Sanrio said to violate children's privacy

Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man greet visitors to Disney’s MarvelKids.com website, but parents may be surprised to learn that these superheroes may also open the door to tools that track their children’s activities across the Web, according to federal complaints to be filed ...

Firms tap apps that 'augment reality'

Nov 19, 2013

Firms tap apps that 'augment reality'

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Smartphone applications featuring “augmented reality” are being used by an increasing number of companies to promote their products. Ikea Japan K.K., the Japanese arm of the Swedish furnishing giant, launched a service in August that gives customers a virtual preview of how a piece ...

Cute craving a cash cow for Hello Kitty creator

Sep 12, 2013

Cute craving a cash cow for Hello Kitty creator

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Tanya Stanich, a 43-year-old lawyer, clutched a handful of pink and black Hello Kitty notebooks at Sanrio Co.’s store in Manhattan’s Times Square and touched a sequined bag adorned with the face of a cartoon cat. Growing up in Wisconsin, Stanich was introduced to ...