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Born from Japan disasters, Line app sets sights on U.S., China : In a market dominated by Zynga and other US companies, Japan seems to have a tough time breaking into app scene; but now, it seems that Japan has a hope. A free social messaging app called Line, created after the 3/11 disaster, has exploded in popularity and is now eyeing foreign markets. Armed with the allure of free messaging and cute characters only Japan could create, it’s worth keeping an eye on Line. [via News On Japan]
Japan’s ‘Galapagos’ Mobile Dilemma: For years, Japan’s cell phones were known around the world as being more technically capable than phones elsewhere around the globe. Now that smart phones have taken off, people are beginning to realize that the unique traits that made Japan’s cell phones so popular domestically make them virtually unmarketable in foreign markets. So does this make Steve Jobs the Charles Darwin in this Galapagos analogy? I’m confused. [via News On Japan]
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Ride a Real Sushi Train! The Newest Attraction at the Hamanako PalPal Amusement Park: Recently, one Japanese theme park added in a new attraction — what is essentially a sushi-themed bumper cart course. The catch? You have to be between the ages of 2 and 12. I’m sure though, that it’s only a matter of time before another company realizes that the adult sushi-themed amusement park ride market is incredibly lucrative.
Guinness names 106-year-old oldest to circle globe : The Japanese are known for their longevity and, as this 106-year-old man shows why. Saburo Shochi, a professor at Fukuoka university, completed a round trip of the world using public transportation making him, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest person to ever do so. All I can say is that I hope I’m as spry as a centenarian. [via News On Japan]
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