Google Opens Tokyo Research Center

Google opens Tokyo research centerTOKYO — Search-engine provider Google (Profile, Products, Articles) opened a research and development center at its Tokyo offices this week, the company said Thursday. The center’s role in Google’s global R&D network is yet to be defined….

Is 3yen.com soon to be Japan’s first Web media sellout?

Wired News: Web Media Buyouts Coming? Kinda
….Whitmore, a former editor and chief of PC Week, believes that established media brands will have no choice but to adopt blog strategies — and acquisitions will be a part of it. He predicts that by this time next year, Nick Denton, founder of Gawker and Wonkette, or Jason Calacanis, who co-founded micropublisher Weblogs, will have sold a couple of their blogs.
In fact, it may have begun. Last week, while MarketWatch attracted most of the headlines, one of the first blog acquisitions took place: Military.com, a unit of Monster, bought Defense Tech, a popular weblog operated by freelance writer and Wired News contributor Noah Shachtman.
I’m sure there will be more blog-to-riches stories.

[3yen] ‘blog’ Tops Dictionary’s Words Of The Year

Yahoo! News – ‘Blog’ Tops Dictionary’s Words of the Year

Condom Sales Shrivel As Japan Logs Onto Cyber Porn : Hindustantimes.com

Condom sales shrivel as Japan logs onto cyber porn : HindustanTimes.com
….as a passion for the Internet leads the Japanese to choose unprotected sex, if any sex at all, the nation’s largest condom manufacturer said ahead of World Aids Day on Wednesday.
Domestic shipments have shriveled 43 percent from the peak in 1980 of 737 million to just 419 million condoms in 2003…

Japanese file sharer gets suspended sentence

‘Winny’ file-sharing user gets suspended prison sentenceMainichi Interactive -Nov 30
KYOTO — A man accused of using the Japanese file-sharing software “Winny” to release movies over the Internet without permission from the copyright holder was handed a suspended prison sentence on Tuesday… the Kyoto District Court sentenced him to one year’s imprisonment, suspended for three years.

WiFi Standard specially screwed up for Japan

Mobile Pipeline | 802.11 Standard Modified For Japan
The IEEE has approved an amendment to IEEE 802.11 that will enable WLAN vendors to offer wireless products that adapt to new frequencies, different channel widths, and operating parameters for indoor and outdoor use in Japan.

Second Suspected Group Suicide In Japan In As Many Days

Second suspected group suicide in Japan in as many days
TOKYO A Japanese police official says four people are believed to have killed themselves by carbon monoxide poisoning inside a parked minivan.
It’s the country’s second suspected group suicide in as many days.

Japanese Netcasts Create Ballball Games for One

Netcasts throw ball clubs a curveball
….Rakuten Golden Eagles plan to offer live Internet coverage of games at its Miyagi Stadium in Sendai. It will provide users with multi-angle footage they can choose from, while also making available stats on players involved. Netcasts covering games until they finish also offer an alternative to TV coverage, which frequently ends while play is still in progress… In Japan, there are lots of ideas that have to be tried out, like letting visitors choose to watch only the player they want to see instead of the entire game …