Business / Corporate Feb 25, 2014

SoftBank reportedly has sights on Line

SoftBank Corp. is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp., the mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea's Naver Corp., sources said. Line has received at least one other offer for all or some of the company, prompting it to slow preparations for an initial ...

Line censoring messages in China

National Nov 28, 2013

Line censoring messages in China

by Tomoko Otake

In another example of the dilemmas facing Internet companies operating in China, Japan-based instant messaging app provider Line Corp. has been censoring chats among users there, blocking the transmission of politically sensitive words and phrases. Line, which announced Monday that the number of people using ...

Business / Tech Nov 26, 2013

Line app users top 300 million

Smartphone messaging company Line Corp. said Monday that the number of its global users has topped the 300 million mark, partly because it is offering the services in various languages. "The next goal is to top 500 million (users worldwide) next year," Line CEO Akira ...

Experts say SNS let girl hide sinister side

National / Crime & Legal Jul 18, 2013

Experts say SNS let girl hide sinister side

Communicating via the Internet allowed the 16-year-old girl arrested Sunday after confessing to the slaying of a former classmate in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, to present herself in a positive light and mask her violent side, experts speculated. The suspect is currently being held on an ...

Line app lined up for DoCoMo smartphones

Business / Corporate May 16, 2013

Line app lined up for DoCoMo smartphones

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT DoCoMo said Wednesday it will team up with the popular social network provider Line to offer a special app for DoCoMo users, aiming to deepen its relationship with the operator of the growing communication tool. "Line's growth has been incredible. . . . We'd ...

National May 6, 2013

Abe asks kids to text him questions

Kyodo To celebrate the Children's Day national holiday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday invited kids to ask him questions using LINE, a popular smartphone application that provides free calls and messaging. "Working as prime minister, I usually have few chances to talk with children," Abe ...

Already a huge hit, Line aims for SNS market

Business / Corporate Feb 22, 2013

Already a huge hit, Line aims for SNS market

by Hiroko Nakata

The instant messaging app Line is already dominating the lives of young smartphone users in Japan and has spread rapidly elsewhere in the world, but its developer is eyeing even more aggressive growth. Unlike global giants like Facebook and Twitter, the nascent social networking service ...