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Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Economist

Eurotechnology Japan KK in the press: Bloomberg: Vodafone K.K.’s Tsuda Seeks Growth in Japan, Not Sale BusinessWeek: How Sharp Stays On The Cutting Edge. More on SHARP in our report on Japan’s electronics industries BusinessWeek: Lasers Are About to Enter Their Blue Period BusinessWeek: Vodafone’s Bad Connection In Japan The Economist: Vodafone – not so […]

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Livedoor and Fuji-TV

New economy (Livedoor) is knocking at the door of old economy (Fuji-TV) (for details see our “Japan’s Media” report): Below is an outline of the take-over battle raging right now. The complex cross-shareholding is puzzling, and the reason for it is surprising to the uninitiated: a long time ago there was no radio and no […]

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Telecommunications

Financials: DoCoMo, KDDI, Vodafone

The following figure compares Sales (Financial year ending March 31, 2004), Net profits after taxes(Financial year ending March 31, 2004), and market capitalization (as of February 17, 2005) for DoCoMo, KDDI and Vodafone (in each case consolidated for the global company): Copyright·©1997-2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·

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PENCK (KDDI-AU Designer Series)

Today, February 18, KDDI-AU introduced PENCK – the latest model in the Designer Series, designed by Makoto Saito Design Office Inc.: Designer: Makoto Saito Design Office Inc. Data rate = 2.4 Mbps Music = Chaku-Uta-Full, stereo speakers Camera = 1.24 Megapixel, incl QR barcode reader GPS = incl. Naviwalk navigation and more… When I was […]

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mobile payment Telecommunications

QR-codes everywhere…

QR-codes (QR =Quick Response) seem to be everywhere. Amazon.co.jp has an i-Appli, which reads the ISBN from the barcode on the back of a book and takes you directly to the Amazon.co.jp i-mode site to order the book instead of buying it in the bookshop. People in the mobile industry have QR-codes on their business […]

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KDDI announces Talby mobile phone designed by Marc Newson

KDDI – au Design Series mobile phones (today: iida brand) Marc Newson designed Talby phone and user interface for KDDI / au On 13 October 2004, KDDI/AU announced “talby”, the third phone in their “AU design series”. Volume sales start in December 2004. We expect that “talby” will be similarly successful as “infobar” one year […]

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Telecommunications

NTT to invest US$ 45 Billion over 6 years

NTT investments to defend NTT against challengers KDDI and Softbank KDDI and SoftBank challenging NTT’s dominating position in Japan’s telecom sector Softbank is rapidly becoming the third universal telco in Japan, targeting NTT’s most important income streams. KDDI of course is also targeting NTT’s fixed line income. NTT plans to intensify its defensive battle On […]

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Update on Prepaid Phones in Japan

Prepaid mobile phones are a huge business in Europe. In Japan prepaid mobile phone numbers are tiny, and NTT’s new CEO just announced that NTT-DoCoMo is planning to stop offering prepaid mobile phones altogether. Find detailed statistics and market shares per operator for Japan’s prepaid market in our report on Japan’s telecommunications sector. Copyright·©1997-2013 ·Eurotechnology […]

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Prepaid phones to be outlawed in Japan (see update below!)

The government coalition in Japan is preparing a law to outlaw prepaid mobile phones. The reason given is that too many prepaid phones are used for crimes, e.g. the “ore ore” fraud. The number of prepaid phones in Japan is very small, but it’s not equally distributed. DoCoMo has almost no prepaid users, and has […]

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SonyEricsson design team presentation & discussion

The SonyEricsson mobile phone design team gave a very impressive presentation of their work at the Swedish Embassy yesterday. Here is Art Director Mr Kawagoi, who created the famous SonyEricsson logo, explaining the messages contained in his creation: Here Swedish Managers of the SonyEricsson Creative Design Center from Lund/Sweden: My conclusion: expect a lot more […]