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Apple Shifts Focus to Japan with Launch of iPhone 7Ishikawa Tsutsumu

The recently launched iPhone 7 in Japan supports Sony’s FeliCa contactless technology, allowing users to make payments with their phones via Suica and other mobile payment methods. Apple, looking to raise its profile in Japan, teamed up with JR East to bring Suica to the iPhone, while Sony hopes the move will help turn its technology into a global standard.

Many Ways to Play: A Mobile Game Creator Looks at Global Trends

CEO Sanada Tetsuya of the smartphone game developer KLab offers his take on the direction of the gaming industry in Japan and worldwide.

Shaking Up Japan’s Mobile Phone MarketIshikawa Tsutsumu

As the iPhone sweeps Japan’s smartphone market, NTT Docomo has shifted the competitive focus to calling plans with its new unlimited-talk arrangement. Meanwhile, pending changes in telecommunications regulations promise either to strengthen the position of the former NTT monopoly or to blow the mobile market wide open. Ishikawa Tsutsumu reports.

The Future of the Japanese Smartphone Market Following the Docomo iPhoneIshikawa Tsutsumu

NTT Docomo lagged far behind Softbank Mobile and KDDI in releasing Apple’s popular iPhone. How is this decision likely to affect the broader market?

What the Sharp-Foxconn Tie-up SuggestsSatō Yukihito

A Taiwanese company rescues a renowned Japanese manufacturer? This would have been inconceivable in the past, but it makes perfect sense in today’s electronics industry. It is Foxconn of Taiwan that may step in to bail out Japan’s Sharp Corp. Here Satō Yukihito, a researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, analyzes this development.

Sharp’s Alliance with Foxconn: Escaping the Self-Sufficiency MindsetYasui Takayuki

Sharp’s incoming president, Okuda Takashi, takes questions at a press conference to announce the capital and business alliance with Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industries, a global leader in electronics manufacturing services. (Photo: Jiji Press) Sharp has entered into a capital and business alliance with Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industries (which trades as Foxconn), the world’s largest elect…

Japanese Business Model No Longer Brings ResultsMaruyama Yasuyuki

Household names like Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp are among the major Japanese companies that expect to post losses for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2012. The malaise that has overtaken Japan’s electronics giants in recent years is a vivid demonstration of an uncomfortable fact: the Japanese business model has reached a dead end. On February 1, Sony announced that Howard Stringer, its chai…

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