Future of Video Game Sector (CNBC Airtime: Thurs. Jul. 30 2009)

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When did qr-codes start on mobile phones? (in August 2002)

qr-codes were developed by Toyota subsidiary denso-wave When did qr-codes start on mobile phones: First mobile phone with qr-code reader was the J-SH09 by SHARP for Japanese mobile operator J-Phone When did qr-codes for mobile phones start in Japan? Here is the answer: the first mobile phone with qr-code reader was the J-SH09 produced by […]

Solar eclipse on July 22, 2009 seen in Tokyo

The total solar eclipse could be seen clearly today around 11:13am in Tokyo – however in Tokyo the coverage was not total. Here is a picture taken with a standard Canon digital camera: Copyright·©2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·

Do mobile app-stores and online games disrupt Nintendo’s blue ocean?

Japan introduced the mobile internet with i-Mode in 1999, while i-Phone and friends are now getting the rest of the world hooked onto the mobile internet. Games used to be played in game parlors, and some of Japan’s game giants were originally and still are game parlor machine makers – a round of Dance-Dance-Revolution anyone? […]

M-payments and e-money grow exponentially

1 Billion e-money transactions/month around 2014 Exponential growth: The number of e-cash payments per month increases by a factor of 10 about every 4 years E-money transactions (including mobile e-cash) grow exponentially in Japan, and we expect to see 1 Billion e-money transactions/month around 2014 (this figure would be much bigger if contactless train travel […]

Japan’s games sector overtakes electrical sector in income

Japan’s games sector is booming – and net annual income of Japan’s top 9 game companies combined has now overtaken the combined net income of all Japan’s top 19 electronics giants (including Hitachi, Panasonic, SONY, Fujitsu, Toshiba, SHARP… at the top, and ROHM, Omron… further down the ranking list). Why does it make sense to […]

10 years e-cash and mobile payments

Mobile phone payments with RFID start in Japan in 2003 i-Mode mobile payments started in Japan in 1999 10 years ago – 1999 – the global mobile payment revolution started in Japan: with i-mode introducing an essentially Japan-only highly successful micropayment system for online content and brick-and-mortar based m-commerce, and SONY’s Edy starting e-cash experiments […]

Japan electronics groups: global benchmarking

Japan electronics groups have far lower income/profits than EU or US comparable corporations Ripe for drastic reform and transformation: 18 years no growth and almost no profits Lets look at global benchmarking of Japan’s top electrical groups Panasonic and Hitachi (representative of Japan’s top ten electrical giants) – in our previous blog we suggested that […]

Japan’s electronics companies & the crisis

Japan’s top 20 electronics companies combined are about as large as The Netherlands economically, and have big impact on the world economy. Our analysis shows how dramatically Japan’s electronics companies have been hit by the current crisis (except for Nintendo). We suggest that full recovery to 2008 (FY2007) levels may take until 2016 – about […]

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