Mixi.jp now hates foreigners. Requires a (Japanese) mobile email address to join.

Wow Mixi, way to put a damper on things. About two months ago, I put up a tutorial on how to get started with Mixi so that you could use it to practice your Japanese. Now it seems like Mixi is pretty much off limits (for now) to foreigners without a Japanese cell phone email addresses. This theoretically means you have to be living in Japan, and own a cell phone if you want to be able to join Mixi now.

Here are the new rules:

  1. You have to confirm a Japanese cell phone email address (docomo, AU, softbank, etc).
  2. You also have to confirm a normal email address (hotmail, gmail, whatever).

If you don’t have both of these, you don’t get into Mixi, simple as that. I’ll still be happy to send folks invites, just know that you won’t be able to complete the registration process unless you have a Japanese cell phone.

Anyways, now the important thing is to try and figure out a way around this. Anyone know of a way to get a Japanese cell phone email without actually owning a cell phone? Anyone know a way to circumvent this? I invited myself to Mixi, but I couldn’t figure anything out. I looked around online as well. Still nothing. If any of you know, please let me know in the comments and I’ll make a post about it so we can get this Mixi train rolling again.

UPDATE: Just because some of you seemed worried, if you are already registered with Mixi, you’re okay (for now). I can’t see them shutting down already created accounts just because you don’t have a Japanese mobile email…though, perhaps I wouldn’t put it past them as well. Mixi has done some other crazy stuff that makes me think they are internazis (Thanks for the link, Caitlin).

Update 2: If you want a Mixi invite

If you want a Mixi invite, head on over to this article on “How to get a Mixi invite” and request one over there.

  • Klite1987

    hi! i’m from italy and i love japan very much
    i’d really appreciate if someone having a japan mobile phone help me to register to mixi i made an account but i need to confirm mobile mail.

    Fabio

  • Aphons01

    Ouuu can you invite me
    Aphons01@gmail.com

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    hey there, no more invites are needed to attempt to join mixi, though you will need a japanese cell phone email address (see big bolded link at the bottom of article for more info)

  • Anonymous

    Not sure if anyone still is looking to get into Mixi.jp, but I just got an account with an edu email and it was just fine … didn’t have to use a Japanese mobile number.  I’m guess that if an edu has been used to much, then they’ll look into that and then remove it from being approved.

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  • Peter

    Just tried signing up, currently on a year abroad in Japan so I figured I’d try using mixi during that time. Unfortunately, while I have a phone, I can’t use the internet on a prepaid model!
    If anyone would be so kind as to send an invite to peter_j_grant @ yahoo.co.uk I would really appreciate it!

  • Confikama

    hi dear 
    can you conform  https://mixi.jp/register.pl?m=mei&c=3ecf1838af6a014f9d1cdf4bc7f66c06&i=0

  • Ti

    hiya can you send me an invite please? thanks in advance^^ tianamoua@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous

    i am a girl from a small island from the northern mariana islands and i know a little japanese but i need an invite but it’s okay if u dnt.

  • lance

    i need invite mixi email is falkowski71@msn.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chantella-Jackson/100000490066575 Chantella Jackson

    I know this is old, but Japan doesn’t hate foreigners like everyone thinks! Granted, they “fear” us because they hear horror stories and have stereotypes, just like we hear them about them and do to them as well. I know that they had a VERY good reason for doing it this way. Maybe it helps keep track of users better. Maybe if Americans got a phone they could. For example, I have a mixi. I signed with a phone address, and they gave options to enter my residence. Now, if the intention was to “shut out” Americans, why did they have “在外” as an option, which means “Overseas”? and when I clicked it, they gave me “アメリカ合衆国” which means “The United States of America” Maybe they forgot…yeah right. They like us. They hear stuff and sometimes they don’t like the way we do things here in America but they like us. And it’s the same with us: Sometimes they do things we don’t particularly approve of, but we like them because it’s two different cultures and usually once we get eachother’s perspective on things, we feel better. :3

  • Diamon_hearted

    I need an invite …. i live in chiba plzzzzzzzz

  • Diamon_hearted

    My email is ………….  diamon_hearted @yahoo.com