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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.

  • http://www.tokidoki.splinder.com/ Tokidoki

    Confirmed. I received an invitation from a friend few weeks ago, but is seems that in order to complete a new registration you need a Japanese keitai address. I was not able to fulfill my reg.
    Read here too
    http://hq.andrewshuttleworth.com/hq/2007/09/mix
    「尊王攘夷」みたいね?

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    Wow, what a party pooper. I wonder if Mixi will do a run through on existing accounts that registered w/o Japanese mobile emails? Hopefully they wont think of sending a notification asking registered users to update with a Japanese mobile email address. Anyways, I’ve done some searching, but haven’t turned up anything yet.

  • http://mukokuseki.org papajohn

    Wow, that’s nicely retarded. What about all the Japanese living outside of Japan that are on Mixi?

  • http://caitlinomara.com Caitlin

    I have a Mixi account but I refuse to log in again. A short time ago they changed their policy so that they now own your content (in more words but the meaning is there).

    http://altjapan.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/03/m

    This is just one more thing that Mixi’s doing to alienate users. I’ll be searching for alternatives to practice my Japanese.

  • http://www.tokidoki.splinder.com/ Tokidoki

    I love Japan and most of Japanese friends I have, but -shit- this is too damned Japanese!

  • http://dailyinthelife.blogspot.com/ Monzika

    Asked a few of my friends in Osaka that are tech-smart but so far….nada.

  • http://www.goddesscarlie.com GoddessCarlie

    Damn, what a pain! Only because I hadn’t signed up yet – I was waiting for university holidays so I wouldn’t get too distracted there. :P :P What a poo. Why, I ask!!! Theoretically, I would think that Gaijin who know Japanese would be a great addition to a community like this. I guess I’m just thinking too diversely.

  • JohtoKen

    Crap. I guess this explains why Ikuna-chan hasn’t sent me a single message ever since last month. =O

    Looks like I’m gonna have to wait until I actually MOVE to Japan to join again. =3

    EDIT: Well, since I’m already registered (with a fake birthdate, no less), seems like I’m safe…for now. =O

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    link is also in the article, as well

  • Chimiko

    Mixi’s being a turd.

  • http://www.neilduckett.com Neil Duckett

    Good point ….. most i know have a Japanese cell aswell though … but i’m sure many don’t.

    Still, i live in Japan so no biggie for me.

  • http://www.neilduckett.com Neil Duckett

    Is it really a big problem??

  • http://www.michaelburnner.com oo0speed0oo

    I don’t see the sense in this unless they really do hate Americans. I still don’t do much on the page because i’m learning Kanji now, but it still sucks to know your not wanted in there…

  • sarindipity

    Americans aren’t the only non-Japanese who try to get mixi accounts…

  • mmnessa

    Why would they do that? I can’t see how this is going to help…if anything people will hate mixi from now on…

  • mmnessa

    I’ve never really paid attention to mixi to be honest, I’m just wondering, is there really that many foreigners that they feel like they have to do something like this?

  • bia

    dam they wont hide how xenofobic they are….come ON! its not like the foreigners are turning mixi upside down

  • xeli

    ya, they love to exclude non-japanese pple

  • Sougen02

    Wow thats very disappointing . I was hoping to make an account soon =_=

  • Sougen02

    I guess I can kind of understand. I mean, look at Myspace. Its msotly used by Americans, and just look at the repuattion! (I understand not just americans have a myspace, just by majority)

    I applaud the fact that it makes mixi safer, however, I do beleive their could have been a better method of doing so,other than this.

    =P

  • http://www.tokidoki.splinder.com/ Tokidoki

    UPDATE: it seems that from now on Mixi will require also a PICTURE of your FACE and your FINGERTIPS in order to subscribe a new account… curious, just like new measures from Japanese Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, started on Nov. 2007!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/world/asia/18

    ;-)

    Don’t laugh, it could be true…

  • http://www.tokidoki.splinder.com/ Tokidoki

    OK, I replied to an older post somewhere on this site some time ago and just copy/paste the my old reply containing the link. Sorry for repeating.
    But Latins said: “Repetita iuvant”.

  • JohtoKen

    When I hear that English is not being taught in Japanese schools and that Eikaiwa programs are completely wiped off the Japanese agenda, THEN I’ll know that Japan has become Xenophobic.

  • SimonVaillancourt

    I tried to get an email address from those companies and there is no way to get one so far. I’m still trying !

  • http://caitlinomara.com Caitlin

    Not for some but I feel this business practice is potentially dangerous. What if Facebook started using people’s pictures, notes, and other entries for their own whim? Even if their security settings don’t allow that information to otherwise be normally available? With this new policy of Mixi’s, I wouldn’t post 1 personal detail at all.

  • http://caitlinomara.com Caitlin

    About 15 others and I were…our Japanese teacher signed us up for this. I never stopped my account afterwards because I found it useful during college.

  • http://www.youtube.com/tkyosam Tkyosam

    lol, come on man, they don’t “Hate” all foreigners. Just foreigners not living in Japan :P

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  • http://sevententotokyo.com billywest

    Lots of socially retarded people here blowing out a lot of hot air on mixi. Do you really want to practice Japanese with them? I mean, there are entire friend groups on mixi dedicated to discrediting businesses, other individuals,… it’s gone way too far. Do you know that people teaching English in eikaiwa schools have trash talked about them all the time on mixi? It’s just another reason for otakus to stay in their apartments even more.

  • mmnessa

    It sucks, I’m sure Mixi is very resourceful when it comes to learning Japanese and a lot of people will be missing out on that (- _ -)(_ _)

  • mmnessa

    it’s true that myspace is used mostly by Americans, but I know for a fact that a lot of British/Australian/Canadian also use it. Can you imagine what would happen if myspace required American cell phone numbers for signing up? or Facebook???

  • mmnessa

    I think u meant Hikikomori…hopefully they dont use mixi…

  • SimonVaillancourt

    I have friends that are in japan to teach french.

  • http://www.tofugu.com Viet

    I say their service, their rules. Look elsewhere if you don’t like their practices.

  • Liban

    i really dont care about mixi if you are learning japanese there is an alternative site called

    http://www.lang-8.com

  • kevinnwhat

    this is totally not sugoi!~~~Yack!!!

  • JohtoKen

    Sold. (signed up)

  • http://simaldeff.wordpress.com Simaldeff

    reminds me of the Korean’s MMO’s that require a KSSN to sign up … *sigh* so many good games I couldn’t play.

  • Hataki

    Wow, I really glad that I signed up before this took place. This really sucks though. I invited my friend, but I guess she can’t get this service anymore.

  • JohtoKen

    What, MapleStory?

  • bakayarou

    pangya right?

    i love playing it at korean servers, updates every day ^_^

  • http://www.tokidoki.splinder.com/ Tokidoki

    “Internazists”! I love this word! It depicts them precisely.

  • http://www.myspace.com/heatlessangel heartlessangel

    just observing on this one

  • WatashiBlah

    LMAO MapleStory.

  • kevinnwhat

    dont hate on the maple story

  • http://hanbaox2.blogspot.com hanbaobaoozers

    Yeah I read about this too! That’s pretty strange. Mixi is becoming super exclusive now.

  • http://hanbaox2.blogspot.com hanbaobaoozers

    Very true. There are a lot of Polish people on mixi!

  • WatashiBlah

    This sucks. I kinda wanted to make an account but whatever.. Im sure somebody will find a way around this.Someone always does.

  • SimonVaillancourt

    no use they wont give me an email address !

  • SimonVaillancourt

    I didn’t find a way around yet :(

  • http://www.tokidoki.splinder.com/ Tokidoki

    Just wait for the next Commodore Perry ship and keep cool.

  • Twinkie

    I love teh site but….why is there barely ever any new content here? Or atleast a forum.

  • Sougen02

    Oooo-ahhhhh =D The site looks good!
    Lol alil maintenence i see. Good job Tofugu team =P

  • http://google.com hhh

    ah..this completely sucks.

  • slimjim

    Hi Koichi!
    Have you finished you thesis? I certainly hope so.
    Anyways, is it possible that i could get a mixi invitation from you?
    thanks.

    my email is kashin.jim(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Schwaligan

    Hi,
    I just received a Mixi invitation, but I don’t have a Japanese cell phone account. I searched around and came across this blog.
    Here is what I found about getting a Mixi account without having a Japanese cell phone.
    http://mixiura.omegumi.com/
    Does this work?
    It seems you still might need to have a Japanese paid Interent provider account.
    Can anybody comment on this please?
    I want to join the Mixi network too.

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    it would make sense that you have to have a japanese paid internet provider. I tried with my own internet provider address koichi(at)tofugu(dot)com and it did not work, probably because it’s non Japanese. Those Mixi people really have our numbers, haha.

    If you get something to work, though, let us know!

  • http://www.cruxay.com Cruxay

    I don’t know if anyone commented on this already or not…. but what about those that already have a mixi account? Do they still get to keep it?

    I’m just curious, as I’ve never had an account but have known some people that do.

  • http://www.youtube.com Alexis

    What? The big part makes me mad. I mean they may call us big, but to us they are small!

    And I believe noisy depends on the person . . .
    How do I sign up for this website? Haha, sorry I’m what you would call a tofugu n00b.

  • http://www.youtube.com Alexis

    And by this website I mean tofugu, not Mixi

  • dean

    just ask a j friend with a keitai if u can punch their phone email in for the sake of it. worked for me!

  • fazz012

    its really tight .. idont know much japanese poeple buhh i wanna be one tho XD .. . .. . hmm.. . i only have some friends that international students from japan and they game me interest on this .. . . need more info bout it ..

    fZ ( Australia )

  • 1guy0cups

    Heyhey, taking that as a reason to say mixi hates foreigners is not quite the best thing i guess…
    1. it doesnt matter whether you are a foreigner or not but if you have a keitai… any foreigner in japan can get a keitai (even though it might only be rented).

    2. In other countries there are communities which try to validity true existence of a person etc. by this method… for ex. collegehumor.

  • Kasu

    Just felt that I needed to give you a little heads up on facebook: Even though facebook’s policy says they don’t hand out users personal information to any third party without your permission (you probably already know this), but facebook is pretty much ruled by it’s applications: Applications monitored by third party. Meaning that if you allow the application to use your information, it’s already outside of facebooks policy.

  • andrewfx51

    I can see the validity of wanting to establish the true identity of a person, but as it is there are a lot of sus accounts on mixi.
    Besides, if you want to improve your japanese, getting a nico-doga account, looking at ameblo blogs, reading the newspaper sites, or even (don’t recommend this btw) tracking down japanese on facebook – are all valid alternatives – most of the stuff people write on mixi is crap anyway.

  • DBoy00

    Can I get an invite =/

  • David

    “鎖国政策”, sounds familiar?

  • Annette

    Hey, could anybody send me an invite, please?
    cycobella@gmail.com

  • Andrew

    I’d like an invite. I am living in Japan with a docomo cell phone.

  • http://www.lang-8.com Jay

    Mixi is what I would like to think of as the new “sakoku”. That word is what they used to call Japan when it was closed to foreigners. I complained to Mixi support in Japanese about the new policy. They said it was for the “safety” of the community, to keep bad people out. Like foreigners are so bad and Japanese people with Japanese cell phones are so good.

    If you are interested in learning Japanese, might I recommend Lang-8.com instead? It is a Mixi-like site with cool language learning tools, a large base of Japanese users, and tons of people using it. Sorry for the ad, but I think it is a great alternative to Mixi.

  • http://www.tofugu.com Viet

    Thanks for the suggestion! We actually did cover lang-8.com about two months ago. Here is the link to the article:

    http://www.tofugu.com/2008/05/14/the-best-way-t

  • http://myspace.com/onmyouji Anna

    I’m disappointed too, as I was asked to sign up by various Japanese friends.

    But I can kind of understand mixi’s concern with misbehaving foreigners. I mean, everywhere where there’s Japanese gathering, a bunch of rabid foreign anime-, manga-, game- or visual kei rock star fan(girl)s come crawling all over the place like cockroaches, harrassing good-looking Japanese people with their Japan-fangirl-ness and extremely annoying otaku-level Japanese language “skills” and even physically fighting over the right to talk to that divine Japanese being. I’ve been to Japan several times, as well as to anime- and J-Rock related events and it’s the same everywhere. A Japanese person has to take alot of harrassment from foreign Japan-fanatics who think that Japan really is like their anime phantasy world (in which characters tend to hug strangers, but the real Japanese won’t appreciate you clinging to them – nobody will).
    And about signing up to practice your Japanese: has it ever occurred to you that not everyone wants to volunteer as a language tutor, listening to horrible, hardly understandable sentences and being expected to reply and to correct all errors? I wouldn’t, that’s for sure. I get lots of help requests over the internet on various things and like, NO? I have a life for chrissake! Sign up for language courses but leave me the fuck alone.
    Sometimes it seems to me like with all the Japanese products such as anime, music, games, sushi etc. becoming accessible and affordable to the outside world, some people seem to think that they can “buy” or at least “claim” Japanese PEOPLE as well as their PRODUCTS. “ZOMG ur Japanese, u must be mah friend!”
    Japan’s xenophobia is a pain to me, too sometimes although I can adapt to their manners and speak their language instead of being an otaku and thinking that’s enough to fit in. But hell, looking at my own country, Belgium, I can understand countries that try to exclude foreigners as much as possible.

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Omg. Yes. The hugging. I never thought about before, but the weaboos
    do try to hug me, and I’m only part Japanese. I hate being touched so
    much…

    Sent from my phone

  • TofuJoe

    Invite me please! hehe, thanks you! (^-^)v
    dhon@softbank.ne.jp

  • matchan

    I’d like an invitation, too. Thanks a lot, greatly appreciated :)
    lang-8 is from the same author as this site? Looks interesting !

  • Lara

    i dunno if this works with other providers, but if you do have a friend in japan who’s with docomo, they’re allowed to change their email address up to 3 times a day. so you could ask them to change it for like 5 minutes, register, get them to answer the confirm mail, and then they can change their address back.

    haven’t actually tried this but i think it would work.

  • Scurvydom

    Hullo there, I was wondering if I could also have an invite, pretty please~
    My address is dominiclmorris AT googlemail.com
    I’m renting a phone while I’m out here, and it comes with an email address, so hopefuly this will work!
    Thanks loads,
    Dom

  • Adairia Okami

    The only way I know to get a Japanese phone e-mail without getting full on service is to get a prepaid Japanese phone. Other than that… you can’t.
    That’s not very nice though…
    I suppose I’ll request an invite though and check out mixi.
    I’m MidoriOkami7j AT gmail dot com
    Thanks
    Okami

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  • George

    Is it possible to ask you for an invite to mixi? thanks!!!!

    georgefost@gmail.com

  • Ant

    Hey could you give send me an invite: WedoJaG@hotmail.com
    Thanks,
    Ant

  • Reina-chan

    Konbanwa ^_^
    It would be greatly appreciated if you could send me an invite at my email sky.architect@gmail.com nya ^_^
    Domo arigatou nya ^_^

  • Maruan

    Hello,
    If you have a Japanese Cell Phone Address but don't have access to its contents, would you still be able to sign up? Is the phone email address just used to show you have Japanese Cell or do they send anything to it?

    If you could please send an invite to maruan1013(at)gmail.com I would really appriciate it. Thanks!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Yeah, they send you something

  • Jessica

    I want a mixi in order to get in touch with my friends in Japan. Do I need the mobile phone number just for the registration? If yes I could ask my friends whether they'd use their mobile phone.

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    You do need a japanese mobile phone. You should just ask them to
    register it all for you, it will cut out a lot of steps. Then they can
    just change the pass and email, and tell you what it is.

  • Krystal

    Yeah I heard about this a while ago and I'm glad I made my account before they began enforcing this. I still have my account and have for months so it doesn't look like they're going to get rid of the people who already have accounts, at least the ones that are being used the way they should be.

  • valerie

    mannn, i used to live in japan about 9 years ago and im trying to reconnect with some of my friends. and because of this stupid policy, i can't keep in touch with anyone of them cuz they've all moved…. and I KNOW they're on this site.

    and i'm not even really a foreigner…I was born and raised there and i'm even half and I SPEAK it fluently. This is bunch of bull.

  • chris

    hi i'd like to get an invite as well. it seems like they're against american people from registering but maybe not if I'm from another country?
    willxhunting at gmail.com

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    anyone not in japan. Do you have a Japanese cell phone email?

  • Elliott

    What a pain Mixi is!
    (Sorry tech talk is in this post)
    I managed to get an account using a pay-as-you-go Japanese mobile phone when I was in Japan on holiday.
    You get an email sent to your mobile phone and you have to access a URL in the email (from a mobile phone) to verify you have received it! My mobile couldn’t access the internet so I attempted to access the URL via Internet Explorer but it didn’t work.
    I even tried to change the User-Agent: details in the HTTP request header using FireFox to attempt to spoof the request, but didn’t work. (I may have used the incorrect User-agent)
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/967

    I forwarded the email it to another Japanese friend’s mobile and he accessed it to confirm and that worked OK.

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Yeah, that's pretty much what you have to do. Find a friend, or get a
    pay-for email account that's hosted in Japan. It's lame-o.

  • TheNoel

    I think I'm going to look into phone solutions for Japanese people living in America.
    As long I'm with a major provider like SoftBank or DoCoMo, it shouldn't matter whether I'm 海外, right?

  • edt

    hello, can I get an invite please? i have a jp mobile phone and would like to try mixi.
    edt at daikon.it

    thank you very much!

  • http://stshores24.com stshores24

    I originally had some potential solutions in my post on the topic, but it looks like those don't work now. I suspect that Mixi requires a cell phone for all email addresses now, including those in Japan, but of course I have no way of verifying that. Big raspberries to Mixi for this.

  • Billy Chan

    Sorry but it would be illegal to find a loop hole in this, the only way you can register to MIXI out of Japan is by asking one of your Japanese friends in Japan that arnt interested in using Mixi and use there Japanese cell phone address ie. Docomo, Softbank etc. This is the only way around it.. There would be the option of purchasing a phone in Japan and leaving it there but they don't have handy pre pay things like we do, only plan type set ups.. Bad luck on Gaijins! Although i think this is good because theres MANY seedy guys who wunnu 'practice' their kimoi nihongo with poor Japanese girls who can say no.

  • http://mixi.jp/show_friend.pl?id=2448339 Sato

    http://mixi.jp/show_friend.pl?id=2448339
    FRIEND MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • ratedr

    Sucks for those otaku Japanese. Except for Japanese people who stray into western sites / going abroad, average people, (not into fashion-gei, anime, whatever,) they have no idea about this problem. But it's pretty ironic how avg people want to get foreigners to come hang out with them and what not, but the otaku kids, (at least most I've known,) would rather have nothing to do with the outside of japan world.

  • bigbilo

    hi

    could someone invite me ?

    still_jono@hotmail.com

    cheers

    bit off a pain this whole mixi thing trying to contact sum old school mates

  • TheToad

    id also like an invite if possible…

    bredo_00@hotmail.com

    (is it possible to change ur e-mail once you have become a member?)

    - and yes, I do have a japanese cell phone

  • Tong

    I need an invite and myabe i can figure out how to bypass the mobile email account requirment.
    please, my email is iirrss@hotmail.com

    thank you, hate that policy

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Just sent it. let me know if you figure out a way past that doesn't
    involve finding a japanese person to give you their cell email /
    paying for japan hosted mail.

  • TaKe

    Hi! I would like to request for an invitation too!
    pikasato@gmail.com

    Try my best to figure it out…

  • TaKe

    やあ!招待状が届いた!!
    Will try to go through the registration process later…
    With low expectation…. (So bad I have to…)

  • Susannie

    Could you invite also me to mixi? So I first have to register Japanese e-mail?

    Here is my normal e-mail:
    susku@lycos.com

  • TaKe

    やっぱり無理です…
    Looks like I won't be able to register as a mixi member if I don't have a Japanese mobile email address…
    Anyway, I saw your profile…
    But wow, long list of Hobbies…

  • Mavs

    anyone can invite me pls
    chococoatedmarshmallow@ymail.com

    im also using 2 CP's right now softbank and au

  • Oscar

    If you are willing to learn Japanese, I recommend you http://www.lang-8.com, a community created exclusively for people interested in learning foreign languages. It is actually used by a LOT of Japanese. Its interface is very similar to Mixi's, so most users would get used to it quickly.

  • http://www.vietamins.com Viet

    Hi Oscar

    Thanks for the suggestion! We actually have been recommending lang-8 for some time. Koichi has even made an article for the lang-8 service itself (which I might add has been referenced many times). You can check it out by clicking the link below

    http://www.tofugu.com/2008/05/14/the-best-way-t

  • Chrissy

    That sucks! I've been a member since 2002 or 2003 and was invited. But recently alot of Japanese social networks have been requiring cells. Sorry to say but their are foreigners who misuse mixi. And if your going to invite ppl becareful because if your guest misbehaves, the blame gets but on you and whoever invited you. I've only invited 3 and that was in late 2006.

  • lullemans72

    it actually is not that difficult to get a mixi account even if you dont have a japanese cellphone or you're living outside japan. if you know any japanese people/friends or whatever who have a japanese cellphone (most likely), and they're not registered to mixi, then just ask them if you could use their cellphone to register.

  • TAMMY

    teresa.tkchan AT gmail.com
    invite please!

  • ジャック

    Please can you send me an invite?
    torukun@hotmail.co.uk

    本当にありがとうーっ

  • TAMMY

    haha, i'm a japanese living in europe but now i realise i cant register. so how can i get a keitai?
    in fact, how do some americans get a ketai (or bypass) if they don't live in japan? hm…

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    They don't, or, they call on their friends living in Japan :(

  • kiko

    日本人の好きなやり方らしいですね。
    Lots of Japanese sites are not open to foreigners. Or maybe “can see, but cannot say”.

  • alexandra

    could you please send me an invite? i have keitai so ill be fine….

    zandra-feig@uiowa.edu

    I'd appreciate it! THANKS!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    According to Mixi, you already got an account?

  • anime

    could u invite anime232 @ live.jp
    just remove the space between at sign

    ty in advance ≧∇≦

  • http://michaeldowney.net Mike

    Wow! I only just found out about this! Luckily I've been a member for several years, and our Japanese teacher signed us all up last year to use Mixi for lessons. What an extraordinarily wonderful thing for Mixi to do.

  • japolak

    Hey, can someone send me an invite please. I would greatly appreciate it.Thanks.

    rpartyka56@msn.com or hotboi33@hotmail.com

  • Shadowz

    Can i get invitation? my email shadowz_d2000@yahoo.com

    Thanks alotttt….

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Where are all the invite-wanting people coming from all of a sudden?

  • http://www.hoolan.wordpress.com Rob_Hoolan

    Maybe you could just guess a Keitai email address and hope the person owning that email is stupid enough to confirm it.

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  • http://myspace.com/jirukochan Lady_Jess

    LOL Koichi XD

    Anyway, most of the Japanese people on that site signed up for mixi with their regular emails before this keitai thing was implemented, so just tell one of your friends to register your email address and their keitai address. Simple solutions.

  • vxxwer

    Well I can understand why mixi did this

    It is probably thanks to stupid young american. european kids that thought it would be fun just to register without even speaking japanese. because oh so anime is so popular and everybody thinks japanese is cool ne??

    and thanks to this people like me [japanese philology2nd year , have a lots of japanese friends there and classmates who registered before the restrictions] cant sign up.

    thanks stupid people

  • Waka

    send me an invitantion pls.
    azri_jack@hotmail.com
    ty

  • Kei

    Hi I just signed up for a paid mail service from japan. I m gonna try this and see if this work.

    I need a invitation first hope somebody can send it!

    I'll comment on how it goes!
    spiralpierce@gmail.com

  • Mabel

    hi koichi
    could you please send me a Mixi invitation?
    daidaisg@yahoo.com
    thx in advance. ^o^

  • Orange Juice

    vxxwer:

    Wow. what a douche some people can be. You think you are any better than stupid young american, european kids? Just because you are now in your 2nd year and because you have Japanese friends? Wow, you are soo cool and so much more entitled to enter a cost-free SNS than any other people… how unfair of those yound american and european kids to intentionally prevent you from coming on mixi.

    Truth be told, yeah…deep inside of me… I am also annoyed by those young american and european kids, BUT I know, that IN FACT I have absolutely no right to do so, especially not to blame them for stuff like this.

    I don't think that this was the reason AT all… there are so many Japanese idiots (no offense, but iditos exist everywhere) stalking, sending annoying messages to other members and so on… believe me they outweigh any amount of cool european or american kids.
    Furthermore… why would mixi care about foreign european or american kids who will immediately leave the site because they can't fucking speak japanese.

    The real reason is… scams, spam and that stuff… they want to reduce the amount of fake accounts.

    @kiko: name some of these sites…. I wanna check that out :)
    btw, there are american sites as well… it changed now, but collegehumor.com required an american cellphone to be able to post comments not too long ago.

    In general, I think mixi.jp just doesn't consider people in foreign countries as target customers, that's all… if a big enough amount of people weote a petition and asked mixi to introduce some kidn of globally available identity verification… oh well… but I guess it's too expensive to implement.

    Just to avoid misunderstanding: I am also annoyed by this move, as I annoyed with pandora.com's inavailability in europe or video playback restrictions on various sites for countries other than the US… it goes so much AGAINST what the internet stands for.

  • wramesh

    TO ANYBODY WHO HAD A PROBLEM WITH MOBILE EMAIL, PUT:

    ex:
    2569@docomo.ne.jp

    ****(any for numbers)

    A aqueles que desejam um convite me mandem um email.

  • Djinnie

    Ola!
    Eu gostaria de um convite sim!
    O meu email e' o ceriduen@yahoo.com
    Thanks!!

  • Cheza

    Please send me an invite.
    Cheza19@gmail.com

  • sam

    Mixi or no Mixi life goes on.

  • samme

    kindly invite me please…thank you^^

  • Anon

    mixi will not even accept the softbank Iphone email address,this is a really xenophobic site.

  • Ku

    I have a question but I'm not really sure if anyone can answer it.
    I do indeed have a keitai and a softbank.ne.jp address, but I'm not currently in Japan, which means no service for my cell. Is there any way I could set my keitai address up to forward to a regular email account, or would even that require being able to access the network?
    I was invited to join by a friend a month or so ago and haven't been able to get past the keitai thing yet. Sucks.

  • aldog

    could you please send me an invite? mr.ayoung19@live.com

  • http://cbardsley.blogspot.com/ Cheyanne

    Yea, I mean I like some anime, and listen to japanese music – but I have a very “real” view of japan. So many japan fan's think Japan is like some heaven on earth, I just think It has a great culture and a beautiful language. I hate people who chop up the language in their “Anime talk” and ESSPECIALLY adding “kawaii” and “desu” randomly into english sentances….
    Sucks because as soon as I mention anywere that I like a few anime, i'm classified as that type of person….
    Guess in short, I have respect for the country and the people, where most just obsses over it and think they can take it for themselves.

    *sigh*
    I really wanted to join mixi, I am studying to be an ESL teacher and it would have been great to meet some friends BEFORE I travel there. Guess I'll have to wait till I get there and meet friends the old fashion way – non-electronic ^^

  • Lucas

    eu tambem gostaria de um convite por favor… para lucasmezalira@hotmail.com, tnks !

  • nelly

    It's unfair that foreigner can't use Mixi. But you can use other site like Mixi :-)

    For example I found a great site where you can learn and speak with japanese people by mail and online ! It's lingueo : http://www.lingueo.com/

    You can teach your mother tongue on Lingueo and earn money. You can learn Japanese with native speaker:-) And you can speak with many people!!

    Let's learn languages, teach Japanese and meet friend all around the world !

  • Jack

    Can someone send invite to sho_21@hotmail.com?

  • Kazuyama

    HI

    Can you send me an invite to deathslinger91@gmail.com.
    Much appreciated ^^

  • Tim

    Once someone has joined mixi can the cellphone email address be removed and account stays active?

    tim637@hotmail.com

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    I think so

  • ben

    Hi all! I would appreciate a lot if someone could invite me too!
    Thanks a lot!

    mail: benjovie@gmail.com

  • K Saito

    Aloha,

    I would appreciate an invite as well!

    Mahalo!

  • http://myspace.com/nitsuazack zack

    i want to check this out

    if anyone can invite me, that would be awesome

    i have some fans from here, and i want to know what they are saying about me.

    thank you!

  • http://myspace.com/nitsuazack zack

    i want to check this out

    if anyone can invite me, that would be awesome

    i have some fans from here, and i want to know what they are saying about me.

    thank you!

    mail: zackiaustin@yahoo.com

  • http://myspace.com/nitsuazack zack

    by the way, do i absolutely need a japanese cell phone?

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Pretty much

  • http://myspace.com/nitsuazack zack

    darn, oh well. thanks anyway koichi. i really appreciate it

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Yep, sorry :(
    Best way to do it is to find someone in Japan willing to let you use their
    cell phone temporarily to create an account, if you can find someone.

  • http://myspace.com/nitsuazack zack

    i might have to do that haha
    thank you again! =D

  • jason

    I jsut recieved and invite from a friend.
    I'm living in japan and have a phone but my phone is an old banger that cant access the internet.
    So i have the link right there waiting to be clicked but i cant click it!
    I just get ''cannot connect to network''
    So not only does it require you to have a japanese phone in japan, but it requires you to have one capable of using the net (ok so 99% of them can but I've settled with a hand me down – beggars cant be choosers)

    I wonder if smeone else can input the link from there phone?
    http://m.mixi.jp/confirm.pl?c=fedbc07c8e23c4274
    if anyone is willing to try :p

  • miss anon

    ^ EVERYONE READ THE ABOVE POST AGAIN, THIS PERSON IS VERY CORRECT.
    first learn the language in lang-8, its just the same journal writing thing as mixi and people are much nicer..

  • FuguPop373

    I went to high school in Japan, but moved back to the US for college. All of my high school friends have since changed their keitai addresses, so I can't find any of them unless I have mixi. I have an invitation, but I will have no way of contacting my family and friends until I'm in Japan again.
    I'm not just some gaikokujin looking to hound strangers for Japanese practice. I just want to find my friends. It took me so long to find someone who would invite me, and now…

    This so defeats the purpose of social networking.

  • Reign

    can someboady send me a mixi account invite. i have a softbank email you can send the invite to lostsouls198@msn.com

  • ADD ME… =)

    please invite me
    kukooinside@gmail.com , got softbank and also japanese.

    yoroshiku!

  • http://aleekinjapan.wordpress.com Nila

    Hi, I'm studying in Japan right now and have a Japanese cell phone and email. Could you send me an invite to mixi? Thanks.

  • Jay

    Hi Koichi, wondering if I can get an invite. I am living here in Yokohama, Japan now. Thanks alot!

  • B.G.

    Ooh, me too me too please. =) I have someone with a keitai address. My e-mail is persephony@gmail.com Thanks =)

  • sas

    Hi, do you still got invites left? I just could use one right now. I live in Japan so that part is ok for me, just need an invite. Thanks in any case!

  • Blizzard

    Hey I would love it if you could send me an invite. I live in Japan own a Japanese cell phone.

    My email is blizzard60893@hotmail.com

    You can also send it to my American account from when I used to live in New York. I'll be able to receive from this account also

    blizzard60893@aim.com

  • Johii

    I am going to Japan soon, and i intend to buy a cellphone and everything there :D So please if anyone would be willing to send me an invite I would gladly accept it :)

    My email is joeh89@hotmail.com
    or send to yohans89@gmail.com :) onegai shimasu

    よろしく。
    ありがとう。

  • Lisa

    hello im going to japan for two months this summer and im going to get a softbank cellphone. so would i still be able to join mixi?

  • http://www.zoebabie.blogspot.com/ Zoe

    Hi Andrew,
    Would i borrow your cell phone email address to access my mixi? I got invited but i dun have jp cell phone email:(

    If you willing to help that's really sweet of you. Thanks

    xoxo
    Zoe

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    nooope. Kinda tough luck if you don't have one

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    nooope. Kinda tough luck if you don't have one

  • jo

    hello,
    do you still send invites to others, than i would be happy if you could also do it for me.
    yodakksu@yahoo.co.jp
    thanks in advance
    jo

  • Anon

    i don't understand the point of this post saying that mixi hates foreigners, does that also mean that hulu.com hates foreigners too because their videos can only be watched in the US?

  • Kenji Saito

    Aloha,

    Please send me an invite as well!

    Thanks,

  • Kenji Saito

    Hi,

    Can you please send me an invite too?

    Thanks!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    The reason Hulu doesn't broadcast outside the US is because of legal issues,
    barring them from broadcasting shows to other audiences. That's the fault of
    the studios, not to mention the people who want to make money off of ads
    (gotta get targeted ads for other locations in the world). Hulu's actually
    going to start broadcasting in England soon, though, as they've finally
    gotten a deal to make it legally possible.

    Mixi on the other hand… I haven't found any legal reason for them to do
    this. If I've missed something then definitely someone let me know, though.

  • Anon

    yeah, there is no legal grounds for mixi to prevent foreigners from signing up yet, but it is possible to follow your arguments for hulu on mixi too, that Mixi wants to make money off of ads that are targeted at specific audiences. I'm not too sure about the legal issues that hulu faces that prevents it from broadcasting content overseas since I'm not from the States.

    but in my opinion, legality doesn't mask the fact that many people outside of the US are unable to watch the videos on hulu.com. Certain music videos on youtube are also not accessible to people outside the US too. I think most US firms are smart enough to put this as a legal issue instead of a discriminatory issue. just my 2 cents worth

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Yeah, I agree with you in some respects – I still think a lot of the
    'outside-of-japan-ban' is cultural rather than legal. I know there was a lot
    of talk at the time about how Mixi wanted to protect its Japanese users from
    creepy gaijin (totally valid, by the way… definitely a lot of super creepy
    asian chasers out there).

    On the other hand, the studios blocking hulu from showing vids everywhere
    else in the world need to suck it up and let hulu be open. I could rant
    about them longer than I can rant about Mixi… and I live in the U.S.,
    haha.

    One day both of these sites will be open to people of all countries, and
    we'll know we've attained world peace ;)

  • audrey

    i really want to joint mixi badly but i dunt have jap mobile phone e mail address
    how come…
    could you help me??

  • http://luckydays.iobloggo.com/ Maja

    I heard about this, but…it might seem a crazy question…I have a japanese cellphone+cellphone number but i have no idea if i do have an email cellphone address or not! I bought one of those prepaid phone, so i might not have one…could someone help me to figure this out?

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    If you have a prepaid you prolly don't have one. You should just ask someone
    over there for an invite / to use their email!

  • http://www.zuco.org/ Zuco

    I don't think they hate foreigners. They just want a Japanese social network community. That's all and a simple way to filter it is using mobile phones.
    There are many other social networking, like facebook or Orkut that do not have that kind of restriction.

    Anyway call this racism is a little bit excessive. It's just a japan-only social network.

  • arisa

    i just went to mixi to register, but couldn't. i guess this is why.

    i have some friends in japan that change their cell phone address quite frequently. i wonder if we could use their old ones to register…?? …highly doubtful….but maybe?

    can you send me an invite, so i could try?

  • Dave

    I got the message on my cell phone but cant go to the link since my cell doesnt have internet! I tried going to the link on the computer but it says it needs to be visited by the cell phone. Does anyone know if it HAS to be the cell phone that got the message or just any old cell phone? I wouldnt want to endanger my friend's accounts, but I doubt the web

    Please reply to post and Ill write back!

  • Imai

    Hello,

    I would be happy if someone could send me an invite too… onegaishimasu ^_^
    imai_ayu@yahoo.com

    Yoroshiku ne
    Thanks!

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  • Michelle

    Does that mean they're going to check to see if the user is Japanese or something? That's totally whacked!

  • lyly

    yoroshiku onegaishimasu

  • lyly

    hello kenji!
    im people new, nice to meet you!
    lylyvn79@yahoo.co.jp

  • antisocialist87

    I actually understand why they do it. And TBH, I feel as though it is a good thing.

    There are a lot of non-Japanese who go onto mixi and use it as a means to hit on the people and try to bring up their Japanese cool points.There are a lot of very creepy and very disgusting characters on Mixi that are foreign, and when you get higher rates of this sort of behavior, the Japanese are going to crack down. If you're going to use Mixi, use it as a means of social networking, not a way to fap off to HAWT JAPANESE BABES and e-stalk them. You have just as many annoying and utterly creepy anime fanboys that come on there and harass. It's not fair, but a lot of them have ruined it for the rest of us – and the person above me is a good example of Mixi is excluding foreigners.

    Also consider – Japan is a very xenophobic country. This is no secret, nor should it be a surprise. It is a Japan-Only social network, which, quite simply, means that Westerners ARE NOT WANTED and are excluded. That's how life is.

  • Juan

    hi ive seen some posts on the net suggesting that u can activate a mixi account without a cell phone email, as long as the address proves u live in Japan. do u know anything about this?
    my internet provider threw in an email account with the package (i actually logged on to it for the first time today) so as u can see from the address it might just do the trick?

  • Sina

    omg…u should like send me an invite 2 mixi. ^_^

    my email iz: skittlez09@rocketmail.com

    oki..thank u 0.o

  • klobnon

    Connichiwa!

    I've been studying at Japanese school for several years, but then I returned home.. That was already 10 years ago. When I left Japan, there was no social networks, at least none of my friends used them.. Most of them didn't even have E-mails. I was trying to communicate via standard postal service, but that was expansive fore me (as I was just a kid) and took for ages to get a response.. My family changed the address several times, so finally, I just lost all contacts.
    But I had very good friends in Japan. I was trying to find them so many times on the web… But you know, everything is so much closed! And they don't use facebook/Myspace almost at all!
    I will probably have a chance to make a ketai conformation this week I hope, so could anyone please (PLEASE!!!) send me an invite? I need it sooo bad… I need it that much!!!
    I will so much appreciate it… Here is my address:
    klobnon@gmail.com

    Thank you in advance..
    Sorry, for being just a guest here..
    Natalia.

  • klobnon

    aa… not a guest anymore, by the way :)

  • James

    Hey, great site! Lots of very useful information, and language reasources!

    I would love an invite to mixi, if your still offering them? Thank you! :)

  • denkikoiji

    hey can i get an invite ^^ my email: denkikoiji@gmail.com thank you ^^

  • Sam

    an anyone send me an invete to mixi ? ;-;
    theninha_@hotmail.com hum'

  • Name

    I know there are countless Japanese living outside of Japan who have a Mixi account to network with others outside of Japan, as well as in Japan. They have a non-Japanese cell phone (e.g., AT&T, Sprint, etc.). I wonder what might happen to them, as well as others who currently do not have an account, but want to get one.

  • Natasha

    anoo..
    can u please send me an invite??
    to himitsu.akuma@gmail.com
    thx before..

  • tachinko

    invite tachinko@gmail.com thankyou!

  • Lizz

    uhg…. why do you have to be so harsh, I understand that they should learn the customs and culture some more but I don't think the otaku foreigners are really that bad. I was in Tokyo and I stumbled upon a convention and went inside to check it out. The only people in there were JAPANESE OTAKU GUYS. I was the only white person and the only girl there. And about the whole touching thing that these “otaku foreign girls” apparently do, I never once saw a white girl latch onto a Japanese boy, rather some creepers grabbed my ass on the monorail, a young business guy decided to sleep on me (monorail) and a few drunk older business men tried to pick me up and pay me to go somewhere with them. Might I also add they are all Japanese. So while a few Americans may hug a Japanese acquaintance, Japanese men will grope your butt.

  • Huang

    If you still have that account, can you please give me the login details?
    I want to have a Mixi account but I don't have a Japanese cell phone number so it's impossible.

    My email: hj63767565 @yahoo. com
    Do let me know!

  • vheck

    hello! if u're reading this, can you send me an invite? I have a keitai..
    haoren (at)) rocketmail.com
    thanks!

  • Ranzess

    Can somebody invite me? Plz.
    My e-mail is ranzess2@gmail.com

    Thanks. :) (y)

  • angie345

    hello my name is angie one day i will go to japan because i think it is a beatiful country ^^V i know non of you know me and its ok but there a website called Mixi if anyone can could you please send me an invite there i would be realy greatful to you ^-^V

  • Name

    Could you send me an invite? (I have a keitai):

    swimminginqualia at gmail dot com.

    doomo!
    Paul

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003820645 facebook-100000003820645

    Did the policy change? My friend was invited by an international student of ours (because he asked to be invited). Our Japanese friend invited him and he was able to register and confirm and even log into his mixi profile! He does not have a Japanese mobile, nonetheless a Japanese mobile email address. And he don't know about any restricted policy about mixi. He got invited and registered and got in. Hmmmm.

  • Paul

    Hi, Great website!
    Would love an invite if possible please.
    paul.edmands@gmail.com
    Thanks!!

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  • Luvi

    Could someone please send an invite to pineapplesamba@gmail.com?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Nakachan

    Hi Koichi! はじめまして
    Woah!! I'm so glad I found this page!! I'll put it on my “speed dial” japanese section ^_^ I found a lot of interesting articles and youtube videos around.
    Would you mind sending an invitation to me? abf_nakachan at yahoo.co.jp
    Thanks a lot!!

  • Steve

    could I have an invite?

    cristalix@yahoo.com

  • Steve

    can I have an invite? cristalix@yahoo.com

  • cheriee

    Koichi, i am currently learning japanese in my home country here (Malaysia) and would like to practice my poor Japanese in Mixi, would you able to send me an invite to cherieemon@yahoo.com Thank you.

  • monica

    Hi, would you be able to please give me an invite as well? I have a friend who has a keitai address, so hopefully registering won't be a problem. Using mixi would greatly help me in practicing my Japanese. My e-mail is: momomocha@livedoor.com Thank you so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/csosborn Colton

    Hey man! I just wanted to know if you could send me an invite to Mixi? I would really appreciate it. I need to practice my Japanese and this would really help me out.

    E-mail is csosborn@live.com

  • Haddie

    Hi Koichi ,

    Can i have an invite? just email it to bulld0g_pup@hotmail.com

    thanks!!! :]

  • Marques

    i got the phone thing worked out – can i have an invite?

    marquesconner@gmail.com

  • Anuwat

    I live in Yokohama now. And yes , I have my own cellphone(au) here.
    Could I get an invitation : anuwat_boy_lucky[AT]yahoo.co.jp

  • levi

    is it possible to use the same mobile phone email more then once then use ur own email
    eg. if u have a japanese friend who is on mixi, and they send you an invite then u try and use there phone email……???????

  • Julianne

    http://aznaddict.com/blog/japanese-social-netwo

    This person says that they got rid of that rule.
    Could I get an invite to try this out?
    punkcustard@gmail.com

  • ghfjghk

    I tried and I still have to enter a mobile email.

  • dan

    i just tried it with my university email (.edu) and it didn't ask me for a mobile phone email address! that's after a long time of trying with my gmail address. of course, after i successfully signed up i just switched emails back to my gmail and now its exactly how i want it.

    so in short, it matters what kind of email address you use. seems it asks for confirmation on free addresses…

  • Ar

    Hello

    Can you please send me an invite??

    My e-mail: bolekcode@gmail.com

    Thank you in advance stranger.

  • http://twitter.com/rariimnida Lauren Lisante

    Hey! Can I get an invite? I'm going to be in Japan for a year and I want to get a mixi~ but since I haven't made friends yet, I would like to be prepared for when I do. ^______^ I would appreciate it very much.

    My email is rarisante@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much.

  • Vanessa Lin

    Hey there, could I also get a Mixi invite? I am studying abroad in Japan soon (and maybe i'll figure out a way to get a cellphone while I am there :/ ). Thanks so much!

    linv37@gmail.com

  • Ervina

    :o Hello !

    Could i get an invite too??

    michailova@hotmail.com

  • Nguon

    Hey can I nkow you

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  • Rebecca

    “Lang-8″ is a great SNS for practicing languages. It was made specifically for that purpose, and anyone from anywhere can join freely.

    Is mixi still requiring the cell number? I can't believe this! I have been getting quite a few spam mails lately from people that want a “special friend”, but ironically they are all Japanese. And Japanese people message me wanting to practice English. So this whole “Japanese cell phone” thing isn't going to accomplish anything. I hope they don't become like cyworld in Korean and make you put in your Japanese passport number or something.

  • kanjo

    the obvious work around is to get a friend to lend you their address but the obvious block is that they already joined with their address.
    have I a solution?
    you bet ;)
    (you don't have to read this paragraph) It doesn't *require* a keitai to join, having a keitai is optional, but you need a “secure” email address to join. These include most paid emails as well as keitai addresses. One day I thought, “well, if I can't use hotmail, or gmail, what other address could I try?” and my thoughts wondered to my college email address when it hit me, *THEIR* college email addresses. I have lots of close Japanese friends who are college students, so why not try ask one of them to invite themselves and let me change the email to mine. It worked :)
    I don't know about all colleges, but it worked with a kansai gaidai (関西が国語大学) address
    good luck

    you can add 掛林 安生 on mixi if you like

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  • Kay

    May I have an invitation? (kayhaskins [at] gmail)

    I have a keitai and, of course, an e-mail address. (I don't have nearly as many awesome hats as you do, though.)

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  • Mike

    Wow.. That's a great reason to ban ALL foreigners from the site. Very egalitarian. Even though Japanese Otaku are all welcome. Come on Anna… Ces't clair que ce n'est pas juste.

    What if I just decided to ban Belgians from my site because they always talk about beer, waffles and “le foot?” I don't think that would be fair either.

  • Mike

    Great attitude antisocialist! Now if only Martin Luther King had realized the same facts about white America in the 1960's we would all be so much better off. You are a true man of culture.

  • Mike

    Yes, but that would be because the US has laws against discrimination, unlike Japan.

  • ishika

    Please sned me an invite

    reqmap@yahoo.com

    I am half Japanese girl. reqmap@yahoo.com

  • amyquach

    Hey !, can you please send me an invite for mixi please! cutieangelz@hotmail.co.uk
    I wanted to make one whilst i was back in Jap but i needed an invite >_<”
    Hmm, does it still require cell phone number? o.0″ If so ill use my cousins one then!
    Thnxx!!!!

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  • webad

    Perhaps here:
    http://japanized.webs.com/

    “My friends here can be my friends on mixi also. “

  • E-vitamin

    Hi,

    Could I have an invite? I have a keitai e-mail so everything should be fine there. talifeather_87@hotmail.com.

    Thank you.

  • http://tokyobling.wordpress.com/ Robert

    Hi, Tokyobling here. I live in Japan and I have been an on/off Mixi user for years. There is an incredibly simple work around to this problem (not having a Japanese cell phone address), it's just a matter of knowing the right people. Foreigners and Japanese (as well) use this method all the time both in country and abroad.

  • Momo

    I'm going to Japan for a year and i'd be glad if I could join mixi to make some friends and practise the language. I'd be nice if you could tell us the trick of joining without having a japanese mobile phone! thanks

  • Nate

    I have lived in Japan for 5 years and just tried to sign up with Mixi today. It asked for my email address, hotmail, and my cell phone email address, softbank. I figured I would be in the clear, but it doesn't accept Softbank address for iPhones because the address ends in @i.softbank.jp, I just got a message saying its not a keitai address. But considering I have been a softbank person for over 4 years I am pretty sure its legit. pain in the ass

  • Stephen

    could someone send me a mixi invite please
    stephen.roberson@gmail.com

  • Matt

    Hello there, could I please have a Mixi invite?
    netfan3000 @yahoo.com
    I will use my old college .edu email to join, I'll let you know if it worked!

    Cheers /Matt

  • gina

    Please let us know what the solution is! :)

  • A Guest

    I guess all you folks will have to find another way to pretend that you're a Japanese. Poor, poor. If you read the original press releases about the change, you'll see there's a very clear, simple, and obvious way to get an account without a Japanese cell phone. Oh, but wait — you can't read Japanese, can you? Then why do you want to join mixi again?

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  • salomé

    hello!
    if it's not too much trouble would you mind sending me an invite?
    salome.jego@gmail.com
    thanks a lot!

  • Wraya

    Could you please send me an invite! ^__^

  • Wraya

    Could you please send me an invite! ^__^

    lifeispinkislife@hotmail.com

  • Wraya

    Could you please send me an invite! ^__^

  • Wraya

    Could you please send me an invite! ^__^

    lifeispinkislife@hotmail.com

  • michael

    please send me an invite i currently live in Japan.
    cool_man_624@yahoo.com

  • michael

    nevermind.. lol delete my last post lol.

  • blackbarbee

    labdi@student.monroecc.edu please invite me….thank you

  • http://www.handbags-club.com/ Designer handbags

    Confirmed. I received an invitation from a friend few weeks ago, but is seems that in order to complete a new registration you need a Japanese keitai address. I was not able to fulfill my reg.

  • トム

    Link? Where's the press release? I have no desire to pretend that I'm Japanese, I just want to network with my Japanese friends. 外人も日本語を読める。

  • G8g8g2

    Last time in Japan I bought a prepaid simcard and cheap phone (from softbank). would it be possible to activate a mixi account with that? I heard softbank prepaid phones have a wrong mail url…

    Are there any other cheap providers which allow you to buy a simcard for about a month which allows you to activate the account?

  • G8g8g2

    Last time in Japan I bought a prepaid simcard and cheap phone (from softbank). would it be possible to activate a mixi account with that? I heard softbank prepaid phones have a wrong mail url…

    Are there any other cheap providers which allow you to buy a simcard for about a month which allows you to activate the account?

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  • yoko

    Honestly i think its a good thing but more importantly their right. besides it might be popular over there for that reason?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GQK5IPNBUWMEUDKNSG6UY2O2SM niel

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  • Axo Non Roadkill

    It would be your right to do so. Also keep in mind that the Japanese may not be as open-minded toward foreigners as most western countries are. The Japanese tend to be more sceptical. Also, Japanese otaku are still Japanese. They don’t annoy their peers with unreadable messages due to language barrier etc.
    I think it’s perfectly okay for a race, a country, a gender, a religion, an age group etc., to have an exclusive community. First off, it’s legal, and second, it’s got benefits. Like when I sign up at a dating site, I don’t want false hope or meaningless contacts with people from the other side of the globe. I want accessible people, accessible as in “real life”.
    So while I understand it’s frustrating, let’s just accept that the Japanese want this “safe haven” kind of community. There are international communities out there and if you have real friends in Japan, they will sign up there for you.

  • Ayase

    Ano Koichi san, I moved up to the states a few years back and originally i was from kyoto. I don’t have a ketta address or phone that works anymore and one of my friends asked me to join mixi a few months back but the thing is even if you register it still needs a kettai address but I’m not entirely sure on this. it’s only a guess but if someone has a kettai address and you use theirs to confirm your account, will it work? or fail?

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    yep, that should work

  • Lewie

    thank you, you´re so right!
    by the way, it´s still possible to get an account as a foreigner! i did last month. if you have friends in japan, just ask them to registrate you with their keitai mail adress.

  • Lewie

    may i ask you something? when i met my japanese friends this summer, they talked about mixi and that you can only use every cellphone mail adresse once…and the reason, mixi is doing this is to prevent ,that people own several accounts….probably thats just an stupid rumor…

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    That makes sense, actually

  • T_sin999

    Hi!
    the reason i came to this forum was actually mixi related!
    isn’t just possible to protest using internet acusing the social network of discrimination and try to make them change this? all social networks i know can be used by anyone anywhere!! mixi has the luinguistic barrier, wich we’ll be by itself enough to restrain access to foreigners!!! so, why create this rule? even if this has to do with a protocol with cell companies it’s just not fair!! besides, the internet shouldn’t be restrained by countries and national rules and laws!!!!
    after all mixi is not chinese..-. :(

  • Jac2294

    hi wanna tell you that im american but the reason i want a mixi is not because i wanna be japanese!! ITS because i know people who live in japan and i left them sooo long ago … for years ive been trying to find a way to contact them.

  • Mike

    I think this decision had more to do with preventing spamming than preventing foreigners from joining.

  • ichiban

    I am wondering something,,, is it possible to find someone on mixi when you already know his/her keitai address?

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Pretty sure that’s one of the only good ways to find someone, you’re in
    luck! :)

  • truth

    Someone said:
    “I think this decision had more to do with preventing spamming than preventing foreigners from joining. ”

    I don’t think so, because all other social network people from all the world can JOIN (even if there’s the spam) so why we can’t do the same with mixi?

  • Marthin

    Hi! I live in Kyoto and have so far used Facebook as the source to chat with my japanese friends except the keitai denwa. But a lot of people just uses Mixi here so I’m trying to get an Mixi account but I can’t get past the mobile registration part since I have a pre-paid phone from Softbank. Do you know how to solve that problem ? Sounds weird that you need to have a phone with a subsrcription to join Mixi…thx a lot!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    If you’re in Japan you could get a friend to receive the keitai email –
    that’s the only really good way to make it work, I think :(

  • 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

  • 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