June 14, 2014
With smartphones and tablets now ubiquitous in Japanese daily life, even toys are being made to simulate the grownup way of communicating in the modern world.
May 26, 2014
Shibuya's iconic Scramble Crossing is one of Tokyo's--and probably the world's--busiest intersections.
May 12, 2014
In English, there are slang expressions such as “idiot’s lantern” and “idiot box,” which mean TV.
April 19, 2014
KITA-KYUSHU--Zenrin Co. said it has started offering its digital map service that shows the names of home owners and individual buildings to users of tablet devices.
March 11, 2014
More than 40 percent of Japanese female high school students use their mobiles or smartphones more than six hours a day, according to a Tokyo information security company...
February 19, 2014
Asian chat services KakaoTalk, LINE and WeChat threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google, Apple, Amazon.com, Facebook and telecoms carriers...
February 15, 2014
“Smoke-free” is an expression that some non-English-speaking Japanese may misunderstand to imply an environment where smokers are free to light up with abandon. But it...
February 14, 2014
NTT Docomo Inc. announced Feb. 13 the launch of a new service to allow dog owners to constantly monitor the health and the whereabouts of their beloved pets through a small...
December 30, 2013
Panasonic Corp. and Japan's other mid-tier camera makers have a battle on their hands to win over a smartphone "selfie" generation to mirrorless cameras that held such promise...
November 06, 2013
SEOUL--Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. vowed to double its dividend yield, invest in new technology and boost marketing as it sought to topple Apple Inc. in the mobile devices...
October 10, 2013
NTT Docomo Inc. on Oct. 10 unveiled its winter-spring lineup of mobile devices, including 10 smartphones, one tablet, two feature phones, one photo panel and two Wi-Fi routers.
July 31, 2013
As the breakneck growth in the global smartphone market eases, the mostly Japanese companies that make the robots that build the phones are looking to automakers to take up the ...
June 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES--Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is banking on its next-generation PlayStation 4 to turn around the fortunes of the Sony Corp. group, pricing it $100 (9,800 yen)...
June 04, 2013
In late May, a 10-year-old boy was walking along the edge of the train platform at Tokyo's JR Yotsuya Station, his rapt attention drawn to his cellphone's screen. According to...
May 04, 2013
Huawei Technologies Co., China’s largest smartphone manufacturer, is focusing on the Japanese market as a testing ground to refine its technologies.
April 15, 2013
Panasonic Corp. is considering entering the smartphone market in India as early as May to gain a foothold in the rapidly expanding Asian market, working with a local mass...
March 22, 2013
NEC Corp. announced March 22 it has developed technology for smart devices that suppresses "tapping" sounds from touch screen operations, helping to ensure clear voice...
January 28, 2013
The Asahi Shimbun AJW site is now optimized for smartphone screens. On a bus, train, busy street or in a coffee shop, you can easily access the latest news on Japan and the...
January 19, 2013
Line, a free-telephone app for smartphones, has won 100 million users worldwide, establishing a dominant lead over rivals hoping to emulate its success.
November 28, 2012
An online photo-processing service operated by Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. is to accept uploads from smartphone and tablet users, the companies said Nov. 28.