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According to industry sources, Samsung is considering abandoning the Japanese phone market altogether after its Note Edge handset failed to garner interest and marketshare plummeted.
Apple's new, larger iPhones have proven to be a major hit in Asian markets and have propelled the company both in terms of sales and marketshare. Meanwhile Samsung has seen its share sliced.
Sony's currently unreleased future flagship, the Xperia Z4, has been recently certified by Japan's wireless authority, meaning the device may be coming soon.
The Mozilla and KDDI Firefox OS Fx0 smartphone has appeared in a hands-on video showing off its design and capabilities. It was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka and is currently exclusive to Japan.
After eight years at the helm as Head of Xbox Japan, Takashi Sensui is resigning from his post which according to most analysts is due to Xbox's poor performance in Japan.
Partnering with a robotics subsidary of Softbank, Nestlé Japan is rolling out a humanoid robot named Pepper in Japanese home appliance stores to sell Nestlé's coffee machines.
Ever since we made the move into 2014, Microsoft has been playing from behind when comparing the sales of the Xbox One versus the PlayStation 4. Could September mark a momentum shift?
As companies strive to improve 4G technology in the United States, Japan has already looked ahead and started development of its 5G network. Japan is aiming to launch 5G by 2020.
Toshiba and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone have both developed software that will be able to aid in the broadcast of 8K-resolution media. They are developing this tech to showcase at the 2020 Olympics
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will launch in Japan on September 4th, with the console selling without the Kinect add-on for 9,980 yen ($392) or with the sensor for 49,980 yen ($490).
Police in Japan have arrested a man that was in possesion of five 3D-printed handguns. The arrest is the first ever of its kind for Japanese police. The man did not know printing guns was illegal.
Microsoft's Xbox One console will launch in Japan on Sept. 25, though pricing information has not been released. The Xbox One is also slated to launch in 25 other markets in September.
As promised, Sony has now launched its PlayStation 4 console in its home country of Japan, bringing the total number of markets for the next-gen gaming machine to 54 countries and territories.
An iPhone 5c clone stocked with Android will be available to Japanese consumers on Friday. While the ioPhone 5 doesn't match the original in specs , the 15490 yen ($US150) price sure is unbeatable.
Keeping in mind the Japanese love for vending machines, Google Japan has just announced that it is launching dedicated Google Play machines to sell various types of games to Android users conveniently.
According to a report by Nikkei Research, Japanese retailers and consumers view Apple as far superior compared to the likes of Google and Microsoft. This comes as Apple places first in the survey.
Sony has announced it will launch the PlayStation 4 console on February 22nd, 2014, three months after its U.S. launch. Japan will also get a lighter PS Vita model, the PS Vita 2000, on October 10th.
Microsoft is promoting its Surface tablet in Japan by sponsoring a new short Ghost in the Shell: Arise anime film where the tablet is being used extensively by its characters.
Microsoft has announced that the Surface Pro will go on-sale in Japan on June 7th, bringing a 256 GB localized model that includes a full copy of Office 2013, while new Touch Covers are also available
An elderly Japanese man has spent the last ten years of his life creating absolutely beautiful artwork in Microsoft Excel, saying that the spreadsheet tool is easy to use and perfectly capable.
Microsoft will launch a new program in Japan later this week that's designed to give Xbox 360 players some free Microsoft Points, but only if they reach certain goals for online gameplay.
Microsoft has started selling the Surface RT tablet in New Zealand and Japan and in the latter country it will make a product placement appearance in the Ghost in the Shell anime Arise.
A new report claims that Microsoft will expand the sales of its Surface RT tablet, running on Windows RT, to Japan starting sometime in March. Meanwhile the 128 GB Surface Pro tablet is still scarce.
Japanese game developer Hiroyuki Maruyama has complained about the method Microsoft uses for developer payouts through XBLA, claiming it's unfair and off-putting to Japanese Xbox 360 developers
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The retail boxes for Windows 8 in Japan have been revealed, with two anime-like mascots on the front and a Wedge Mouse included inside. Some Japanese retailers will hold Windows 8 launch events.
Japan's government has agreed to new legislation against criminals caught downloading illegally, bringing in a maximum fine of two million yen or a potential two year stay in a prison cell.
Over $100,000 worth of iPhone 5 devices have been stolen from stores in Japan this morning. The robberies occurred in the early hours before the official launch of the device.
First Apple wins in the US court, forcing Samsung to pay over $1 billion in damages to Apple. Now the Japanese legal system has favoured Samsung, saying that they didn't infringe Apple patents.
Almost two months after its official launch, IPv6 adoption is growing steadily, according to new research. The US currently leads the field by users, with over 3.3m users adopting the new protocol.
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Fujitsu has announced that Japanese residents will be able to use a new service that will teach them how to assemble a desktop or notebook PC, with 19 different models to choose from.
In the wake of the capture of one of the terrorists responsible for the Tokyo sarin gas attacks of 1995, Japan's government has quietly amended one of their laws which could theoretically ban YouTube.
Wait, your SSD wasn't fast enough? You'll be pleased to know a group of Japanese researchers agree, so they've managed to find a way to squeeze some more performance from available technologies.
A Japanese court has ordered Google to remove some terms from its search autocomplete feature, after a man claimed to have lost his job because the feature linked his name to criminal acts.
Apple announces that Siri will soon support the Japanese language, and will be deployed to Japan over the next few weeks as part of the company's latest iOS 5.1 update.
Some of the coolest vending machines you've ever seen are rolling out in cities across Japan, filled not only with delicious beverages, but what amounts to all the free Wi-Fi you can eat.
Sony has now officially launched its next generation portable game console, the PS Vita, in Japan with an event in Shibuya where company execs helped to sell the first units of the console.
A new report claims that just 114,000 units of Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360 console have been sold in Japan during the device's first year, far less than in the rest of the world.
Sony announced today that the PS Vita portable game console will be released in its native Japan on December 17. It also announced plans to let users pre-pay for its wireless 3G service.
Apple will include built-in earthquake warning notifications in iOS 5 for Japanese users, following the devastating Tohoku earthquake that devastated parts of Japan in March.
The Roomba robot has a new competitor. Meet the Smarbo, made by Toshiba Japan. Those not in Japan are out of luck.
The first Windows Phone Mango device is now on sale in Japan. If you have been waiting to get your hands on new hardware and the Mango update, the entire process just took one giant step forward.
Microsoft says it will continue to sell and market the Xbox 360 console in Japan even as some retailers in that country are removing the console and Xbox 360 games from their shelves.
Reports from Japan indicate that a number of the countries retailers are cutting back on their sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console.
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