Prank pictures on SNS cause storm

National Oct 1, 2013

Prank pictures on SNS cause storm

by Satoshi Iizuka

In a society where cleanliness is revered, a series of pictures showing unhygienic pranks involving food industry workers and customers has triggered a media storm after going viral on social-networking services. The posts reflect a broader trend among young Japanese Internet users for sharing reckless ...

Mixi's new boss tells ailing SNS time for changes

Business / Corporate May 19, 2013

Mixi's new boss tells ailing SNS time for changes

Mixi Inc. will shore up its faltering earnings by seeking new businesses and doing away with complacency in the face of stiff competition from Facebook, incoming President Yusuke Asakura said Friday. Asakura, who will take the helm of the domestic social-networking site starting in June, ...

National Mar 13, 2013

Trial run of disaster warning system via SNS to start in summer

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency plans this summer to test a disaster warning system using Internet-based social-networking services, drawing lessons from the March 2011 catastrophe when telephone services were cut and the emergency number did not function, agency officials said Tuesday. The system, which ...