Supercell Japan advertises to improve today’s top-ten rank in Japan’s i-Phone/iOS App-Store

softbank acquires supercell

Supercell Japan is not satisfied with 10th rank for Clash of Clans in the Japanese iPhone app store…

Report on Japan’s game makers and game markets

Japan is the world’s No. 1 top grossing app market both for iOS apps and for Android apps, as we discussed before.

Supercell Japan: investments by SoftBank and GungHo

Supercell recently opened operations in Japan, and attracted major investment by SoftBank and SoftBank affiliate Gung-Ho.

Supercell advertising Clash of Clans in Tokyo Shibuya - one of the world's busiest rail stations
Supercell advertising Clash of Clans in Tokyo Shibuya – one of the world’s busiest rail stations

Supercell currently advertises with large scale posters on the platforms of one of the busiest rail stations globally, Tokyo-Shibuya. Currently Supercell’s “Clash of Clans” is ranked on No. 10 position of top grossing iPhone Apps for all categories combined, while GungHo’s “Puzzle & Dragons” is on No. 1 (Gung-Ho is investor in SuperCell).

Supercell Japan on rank 10 in the top grossing ranking of the iPhone app store:

“Top Grossing” ranking in the iPhone AppStore for all categories combined:

  1. Puzzle & Dragon by GungHo Online Entertainment
  2. Monsterstrike by mixi
  3. LINE Pokopang by Naver Japan
  4. Brave Frontier by Alim
  5. PyuoPuyo!! Quest by Sega
  6. Dragon Poker by Asobism
  7. Disney Tsumu Tsumu by Naver Japan
  8. Pro Yakyu Pride 2014 by Colopl
  9. LINE by Naver Japan
  10. Clash of Clans by Supercell
Clash of Clans advertising on the platform of one of the world's busiest rail stations - Tokyo/Shibuya
Clash of Clans advertising on the platform of one of the world’s busiest rail stations – Tokyo/Shibuya

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Docomo financial report for FY2013: operating income of YEN 819 billion (US$ 8.2 billion)

Docomo financial report: Kaoru Kato, CEO of NTT-Docomo

Docomo financial report for FY2013: US$8.2 billion operating profits but withdraws from India

Docomo financial report: Kaoru Kato, CEO of NTT-Docomo explaining NTT-Docomo's annual results in Tokyo on April 25, 2014
Kaoru Kato, CEO of NTT-Docomo explaining NTT-Docomo’s annual results in Tokyo on April 25, 2014

On April 25, 2014 NTT-Docomo announced annual results for FY2013 (April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014) and explained the way forward.

Annual revenues are YEN 4461.2 billion (US$ 33.6 billion),
operating income is YEN 819.2 billion (US$ 8.19 billion),
net income is YEN 464.7 billion (US$ 4.6 billion).

These figures are of course amazing results, and Docomo remains one of the most important mobile operators globally.

Docomo financial report – technology roadmap:

Docomo is now planning to:

  • introduce VoLTE in summer 2014,
  • quad-band LTE with 150Mbps in FY2014,
  • LTE-Advanced with 225Mbps in FY2014/2015,
  • and aim for 10Gbps bandwidth beyond FY2015,

ensuring that Docomo will remain a leading edge mobile operator for the foreseeable future.

Docomo financial report – announces failure in India:

Still, there are some shadows on Docomo’s amazing success story:

  • Docomo announced withdrawal from the joint-venture with TATA-Teleservices in India, thus another of Docomo’s ventures to create growth outside Japan has failed. This is the last in a very long string of failures of NTT-Docomo outside Japan, after having lost about US$ 10 billion on investments in KPN-mobile, AT&T-Wireless, and Hutchinson, and the attempt to develop i-Mode mobile internet services in many countries.
  • NTT-Docomo has now been overtaken by SoftBank on most key performance indicators (KPIs). SoftBank has achieved higher overall subscriber numbers, higher revenues, higher operating income and higher net income than NTT-Docomo.
Docomo financial report: Kaoru Kato, CEO of NTT-Docomo, bathing the crowd and answering questions at the annual results meeting on April 25, 2014 in Tokyo
Kaoru Kato, CEO of NTT-Docomo, bathing the crowd and answering questions at the annual results meeting on April 25, 2014 in Tokyo

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Japan energy mix: Keeping the lights on in Japan – deregulation, new and renewable energy

Japan's energy sector

Japan energy mix, smart grid, electricity deregulation – briefing by The Economist Corporate Network

Economist Corporate Network held a breakfast briefing today April 24, 2014 for about 50 Japan-CEOs and executives.

Shigeki (Sean) Miwa, General Manager of SoftBank’s CEO Office, and Representative Director & CEO of Bloom Energy Japan KK, and EVP of SB Energy Corporation

Mr Shigeki (Sean) Miwa, General Manager of SoftBank’s CEO Office, and Representative Director & CEO of Bloom Energy Japan KK, and EVP of SB Energy Corporation, explained SoftBank’s and Masayoshi Son’s reasons for entering the energy business, and he explained Bloom Energy’s offering of energy sources based on very efficient fuel cells in Japan.

Gerhard Fasol, CEO of Eurotechnology-Japan

Gerhard Fasol, CEO of Eurotechnology-Japan, gave an overview of Japan’s energy situation, and an outlook into the future. Here is an interview by The Economist after the breakfast briefing:

Keynote and the interview are based on our reports:

View a shortened form of the presentation here on SlideShare:

You can find detailed data and analysis in our report on Japan’s energy sector, and on Japan’s renewable energy sector.

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EU Horizon 2020 Japan participation: research and innovation program and Japan-EU Science and Technology cooperation

Horizon 2020 Japan participation conference at the EU Delegation in Tokyo

Horizon2020 is the world’s largest research program, undertaken by the European Union, and it is open to cooperation with researchers from all countries including Japan.

EU encourages Japan participation in Horizon 2020

Actually, the EU strongly encourages participation from Japan: Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, pointed out that currently Japan is on 12th rank in the number of joint research programs with the EU – behind Mexico, and Marocco, but one place above Argentina and Egypt.

To encourage more participation by Japanese organizations in EU Horizon-2020 projects, the EU held a conference at the EU Delegation in Tokyo on April 14, 2014.

Read a report of the Horizon-2020 Tokyo conference here.

Horizon 2020 Japan presentations

  • Yoichiro Matsumoto, Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo: Japan’s research needs to go global
  • Anders Karlsson, Vice President for Global Academic Relations, Elsevier, Tokyo: EU-Japan Science collaboration – a “bird’s eye view” on publication patterns & opportunities for collaboration
  • Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission: Horizon2020 – the chance to go global
  • Kazushi Watanabe, General Manager, Business Development, Sumitomo Precision Products, Aerospace & Defense: Experience of international collaboration. FP7 project: Surface heat exchangers for aero-engines
  • Naoto Kobayashi, Center for Research Strategy, Waseda University: FP7 project and internationalization of research at Waseda University
  • Yoichi Iida, Director, Aerospace and Defense Industry Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI: Japan-EU cooperation in civil aeronautics industry
  • Satoru Ohtake, Senior Executive Director, Science and Technology Agency: closing remarks

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