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Emoji began as 176 primitive characters developed by telecommunications giant Docomo. They are now used all over the world as a fun way of enhancing electronic communication.

The Trouble with Smartphones: Headaches for Sony, Nintendo, and NTT Docomo

Sony, NTT Docomo, and Nintendo are three of Japan’s best-known companies. But with all three struggling to come to terms with the lucrative smartphone market, the consolidated financial results for the first half of fiscal 2014 (April to September) have left them in the doldrums.

Sony Under Pressure from Chinese-Manufactured Smartphones

For years, the Sony brand dominated t…

Staying Connected When Visiting Japan: Wi-Fi Access, Prepaid SIM Cards, and Rental Devices

Getting up-to-date information requires reliable Internet access, and travelers to Japan will find a growing number of convenient free and fee-based wi-fi services available for their computer, smartphone, or tablet. Recently, a number of companies have also begun to offer prepaid SIM cards and rental devices for foreign visitors.

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