Nintendo smartphone pivot?!

Nintendo partners with DeNA Taking Nintendo intellectual property and characters to smartphones Nintendo was founded on September 23, 1889 by Fujasiro Yamauchi in Kyoto for the production of handmade “hanafuda” cards. Nintendo Headquarters are still located in Kyoto (you can see the Nintendo headquarters building from the Kyoto railway station). The Chinese characters used to […]

i-Mode was launched February 22, 1999 in Tokyo – birth of mobile internet

The mobile internet was born 16 years ago in Japan Galapagos-Syndrome: NTT Docomo failed to capture global value On February 22, 1999, the mobile internet was born when Mari Matsunaga, Takeshi Natsuno and Keiichi Enoki launched Docomo’s i-Mode to a handful of people who had made the effort to the Press Conference introducing Docomo’s new […]

ApplePay vs Osaifu-Keitai – CNBC interview

ApplePay is expected to start in October 2014 – Docomo’s Osaifu-keitai wallet phones started on July 10, 2004. Mobile payments Japan, e-money and mobile credit (200 pages, pdf file): [buy][subscribe][more info] In business the first-comer does not always win the game Japan’s NTT-Docomo tested two types of wallet phones, manufactured by Panasonic and SONY with […]

Japan iPhone AppStore: 10 out of the 25 top grossing apps in Japan are by companies of foreign origin. Can you guess which?

Japan is No. 1 globally in terms of iOS AppStore + Google Play revenues, bigger and faster growing than USA 10 out of 25 top grossing apps in Japan are of foreign origin Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file): [buy] [subscribe] [information] AppAnnie showed that in terms of combined iOS AppStore + Google Play […]

Flappy bird Angry Birds ultimate Japan game disruption: flappy bird flaps to the top

Flappy bird Angry Birds ultimate disruption: flappy bird effortlessly flaps to to the top of ranks, while Angry Birds are watching angrily from the sidelines Disruption of Japan’s games sector: in a previous blog post we showed that just three newcomers (Gree + DeNA + Gungho) produce more profits than the top 9 traditional game […]

SIM free iPhone Japan: officially on sale by Apple in the online Apple store

SIM free iphone japan finally arrive in Japan – directly sold by Apple. SIM-lock free iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are now officially sold via the Japanese section of the official Apple.com webstore. It has been official policy recommendation (not regulation) by Japan’s General Affairs Ministry (総務省) for Japan’s mobile operators to sell SIM-free mobile […]

Masayoshi Son: “I am a man – and I want to be Number 1”

SoftBank aims for global No. 1 position…acquiring SPRINT on the way to the top SoftBank: towards global No. 1 with a 300 year vision To understand SoftBank, and the planned SPRINT acquisition, you need to understand Masayoshi Son – and Masayoshi Son says: “I am a man – and I want to be Number 1”. […]

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? […]

Today’s APPLE 4th quarter results vs NINTENDO

A few hours ago (Oct 22, 2008, 6am Tokyo Time) APPLE announced 4th Quarter and Full Year results – we are here updating our comparison between APPLE and NINTENDO. With 6.9 million iPhones sold in APPLE’s 4th Quarter (July + August + September 2008), APPLE has achieved 2.76% market share of all mobile phones globally. […]

iPhone in Japan – in the press

Here some articles about the panel discussion at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on the topic “Will The iPhone Trigger A Turning Point In Japan’s Mobile Phone Industry?” Apple iPhone is having success in Japan against local internet mobiles (The Australian) The iPhone’s impact in Japan (BusinessWeek) Copyright·©2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·

Will the iPhone trigger a turning point in Japan’s mobile phone industry?

Tetsuzo Matsumoto (Senior Executive Vice-President and Board Member of SOFTBANK MOBILE Corporation), Gerhard Fasol (CEO, Eurotechnology Japan KK)and Dennis Normile (Japan Correspondent of SCIENCE Magazine, and FCCJ) discuss about the future of Japan’s mobile phone market. “Will the iPhone trigger a turning point in Japan’s mobile phone industry?”(Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Tokyo Wednesday, August […]

How many iPhones were sold in July 2008 in Japan?

How many iPhones did SoftBank sell in Japan during July? Our estimate: between 75,000 – 125,000. Read on about how we arrived at this estimate. Net growth of mobile subscription numbers in Japan (Japan’s mobile market grows by about 5.5 million per year – for more analysis read our JCOMM-Report). How did we arrive at […]

It’s an entirely different story for the iPhone in Japan than anywhere else…

In a terse one-line press announcement “SoftBank today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone to Japan later this year”. (Of course we are talking about the 3G i-Phone, because Japan has almost switched off the 2G networks, and has essentially stopped selling 2G phones for a couple of years […]

iPhone Dials into Japan (CNBC TV interview)

More about SoftBank and SoftBank’s iPhone business in Japan Copyright·©2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·

Market caps of companies in mobile: global vs local

Google, Apple, Nokia, HTC, Vodafone and are winning the driver’s seat of the global internet revolution. DoCoMo, KDDI and SoftBank essentially stay inside Japan for now – limiting their growth prospects and leaving global opportunities to others. GOOGLE with Android and APPLE with iPhone are reaching for the driver’s seat of the global mobile data […]

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