Amazon snuggling up to Japan’s game developers

JapanTOKYO — Amazon.com will hold a three-day event here starting Tuesday to forge closer ties with Japanese developers of games for smartphones. Some 90 executives from Amazon bases around the world, including the U.S., Europe and China, will mingle with Japanese developers and gain exposure to such unique cultural experiences as the tea ceremony.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Amazon-snuggling-up-to-Japan-s-game-developers

​Pizza Hut Asia to trial SoftBank’s Pepper for MasterCard payments

JapanZDNet — MasterCard has unveiled the first commerce application for Softbank’s Pepper, with the humanoid robot to be trialled by Pizza Hut Restaurants Asia for order taking and payments processing. To use Pepper, a customer will need to pair their MasterPass account either by tapping the Pepper icon within the wallet or by scanning a QR code on the tablet that the robot holds.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/pizza-hut-asia-to-trial-softbanks-pepper-for-mastercard-payments/

Microsoft CEO charts future in the cloud, from Japan

JapanNikkei — TOKYO — Microsoft is transitioning from a device-centric company to an enterprise centered on a unified, cloud-based Windows platform, CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday. The U.S. computing giant will draw on rich experience in corporate information technology solutions to partner with companies in cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence and the “internet of things,” he told The Nikkei during a visit to Japan. Nadella took the wheel at Microsoft in February 2014.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Microsoft-CEO-charts-future-in-the-cloud

Colt expands Asia coverage with more data feeds

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Colt has expanded its Asia coverage by adding three new data feeds to its low-latency MarketPrizm Market Data service. The three feeds are: Osaka Exchange Inc.’s (OSE) newest derivatives feed for the new J-GATE matching engine; additional content for the Nagoya Stock Exchange (NSE) and HKEx’s latest premium feeds, namely Securities Premium (‘SP’) and Derivatives Premium (‘DP’).

Arctic Fibre says takeover by Alaskan company won’t affect plans for Nunavut broadband

APACCBC — The project to bring high-speed internet to Nunavut via a cable running along the Northwest Passage will go ahead as planned despite a recent takeover by an American company, says Michael Cunningham, CEO of Arctic Fibre. The Toronto-based company planned to build a nearly 16,000 kilometre submarine fibre optic cable connecting Asia to Europe.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-fibre-optic-internet-sale-quintillion-1.3591825

Fujitsu develops high-speed forensic technology to assess cyberattack damage

JapanJapan Today — Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd has developed new technology that, in response to targeted cyberattacks on specific organizations, rapidly analyzes damage status after an attack has been detected. In the event of malware attacks, which infect organizations to cause a great deal of damage, including information leaks, it was previously necessary to analyze a range of logs on networks and devices to clarify attack status.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/fujitsu-develops-high-speed-forensic-technology-to-assess-cyberattack-damage

Mitsubishi Electric to Upgrade IMEWE Cable System

JapanBusiness Wire — Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it will upgrade the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable System with 100gigabit per second (Gbps) dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) based on a contract signed on October 4, 2015, thereby increasing the transmission capacity to 5.6Tbps.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160518006643/en/Mitsubishi-Electric-Upgrade-IMEWE-Cable-System

Fujitsu Develops High-Speed Forensic Technology for Cyber Attacks

JapanCE Asia Mag — Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has announced the development of new technology that, in response to targeted cyber attacks on specific organizations, rapidly analyzes damage status after an attack has been detected. In the event of malware attacks, which infect organizations to cause a great deal of damage, including information leaks, it was previously necessary to analyze a range of logs on networks and devices to clarify attack status.

http://www.ceasiamag.com/2016/05/fujitsu-develops-high-speed-forensic-technology-grasp-glance-entirety-cyber-attack/

Hitachi launches new IoT unit and platform

JapanTelecom Asia — Hitachi has formed the Hitachi Insight Group to address the Internet of Things and announced the leadership team for the new companyHitachi Insight Group will address four key market segments: smart city, smart energy, smart healthcare and smart industry. With the initiative Hitachi aims to capture market share in what IDC predicts will be a $1.46 trillion market opportunity by 2020.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/hitachi-launches-new-iot-unit-and-platform

IIJ FY profit grows 21.6% on strong MVNO traction

JapanTelecom Asia — Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) has reported a 21.6% increase in net profit for the financial year ending in March as a result of strong expansion in the MVNO and cloud services sectors. Net income reached 4 billion yen, on the back of a 14.3% increase in revenue to 140.6 billion yen.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/iij-fy-profit-grows-216-strong-mvno-traction

Tech stars at Slush Asia: Now’s the ideal time for startups

JapanNikkei — CHIBA, Japan — For Peter Vesterbacka, the startup convention he helped to create is not just a place to network and pitch ideas. “It’s more like a movement,” he said, dressed in a red hoodie emblazoned with the face of a large and decidedly displeased bird.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Tech-stars-at-Slush-Asia-Now-s-the-ideal-time-for-startups

Cloud computing offer targets Japan with branded Alibaba Cloud

JapanRC Wireless — SoftBank and Chinese online and mobile commerce company Alibaba Group formed a joint venture dubbed SB Cloud Corporation to provide cloud computing services in Japan. The company said it will use technologies and solutions from Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group.

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160518/asia-pacific/softbank-alibaba-create-jv-offer-cloud-computing-services-tag23

Softbank, Alibaba Group form cloud JV

JapanTelecom Asia — Alibaba Group has teamed up with its largest shareholder Softbank Group to provide public cloud computing services in Japan. The two announced on Friday that they have formed a joint venture, called SB Cloud Corp, to deliver Alibaba Cloud’s technology and services for Japanese enterprises, ranging from startups to multinational companies.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/softbank-alibaba-group-form-cloud-jv

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) Teams Up With Softbank for A Cloud Venture in Japan

JapanMarket Exclusive — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) is expanding its cloud-computing footprint into Japan as it continues to pursue new opportunities for growth. The e-commerce giant has teamed up with its largest shareholder Softbank for the formation of a joint venture that will pursue new cloud clients in the country.

http://marketexclusive.com/alibaba-group-holding-ltd-nysebaba-teams-softbank-cloud-venture-japan/6767/

Japan market: Asustek is top SIM-free smartphone vendor in FY2015, says paper

TaiwanDigi Times — Sales of SIM-free smartphones totaled 1.705 million units in Japan in fiscal 2015 (from April 2015 to March 2016) with Taiwan-based Asustek Computer being the top vendor in the segment with a 35.7% share, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report, citing data from Japan-based MM Research Institute.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160516PB201.html

IIJ FY profit grows 21.6% on strong MVNO traction

JapanTelecom Asia — Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) has reported a 21.6% increase in net profit for the financial year ending in March as a result of strong expansion in the MVNO and cloud services sectors. Net income reached 4 billion yen, on the back of a 14.3% increase in revenue to 140.6 billion yen.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/iij-fy-profit-grows-216-strong-mvno-traction

Alibaba and SoftBank form SB Cloud, a cloud-computing joint venture in Japan

JapanVenture Beat — Chinese Internet behemoth Alibaba has teamed up with Japanese telecom giant SoftBank to form a cloud-computing joint venture (JV) in Japan. SoftBank’s parent company, SoftBank Group, is an existing shareholder in Alibaba, so the deal isn’t exactly a bolt out of the blue. SB Cloud Corporation, or “SB Cloud,” as it will be known, will combine the collective smarts from the two technology titans, and the joint venture will lead to a new data center that provides “competitive and enhanced public cloud computing services” from Alibaba Cloud, according to a press release.

http://venturebeat.com/2016/05/13/alibaba-and-softbank-form-sb-cloud-a-cloud-computing-joint-venture-in-japan/

Softbank’s annual profit drops 27% on Sprint woes

JapanJapan Today — Japanese Internet company SoftBank Group Corp, which is struggling to turn around Sprint in the U.S., reported Tuesday a 49% plunge in profit for the January-March quarter to 45.2 billion yen ($415 million), compared to the same period the previous year.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/softbanks-annual-profit-drops-27-on-sprint-woes

Fujitsu builds first maritime big data platform

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Fujitsu has built a maritime big data platform for Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, an international ship classification society also known as ClassNK. The platform collects and accumulates machinery operational data from moving vessels, such as engine data, as well as marine weather information, as big data.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/fujitsu-builds-first-maritime-big-data-platform-787150185

Alibaba and SoftBank launch joint-venture cloud company in Japan

JapanZDNet — Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba and Japanese telecommunications provider SoftBank have formed a joint-venture cloud services company called SB Cloud to bring Alibaba Cloud’s technology and solutions to Japanese businesses. SB Cloud will be headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, and will open a datacentre to offer Alibaba’s cloud security services, data storage, processing solutions, and middleware offerings.

 http://www.zdnet.com/article/alibaba-and-softbank-launch-joint-venture-cloud-company-in-japan/

Alibaba, SoftBank Team Up for Cloud Computing Service in Japan

JapanBloomberg — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. teamed with its largest shareholder SoftBank Group Corp. to form a cloud computing service venture targeting Japanese customers, as the Chinese e-commerce giant expands one of its fastest growing businesses.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-13/alibaba-softbank-team-up-for-cloud-computing-service-in-japan

Japanese users not proactive enough about cybersecurity: survey

JapanJapan Today — SINGAPORE: ESET, a global pioneer in proactive protection for more than two decades, on Wednesday released the ESET Japan Cyber-Savviness Report 2016 showing that while users in Japan are knowledgeable about cybersecurity and take few risks online, they still have some way to go in ensuring that they are adequately protected when they access the Internet.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/japanese-users-not-proactive-enough-about-cybersecurity-survey

‘Digital India augurs well for data centre business’

IndiaFinancial Express — Data centres are an important part of infrastructure and there are several sectors spurring this growth, says Sunil Gupta, executive-director & president of Netmagic, an NTT Communications company and a leading managed hosting and cloud service provider.

http://computer.financialexpress.com/interviews/digital-india-augurs-well-for-data-centre-business/17429/

Rakuten launches drone delivery service on golf courses

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. recently announced the launch of Sora Raku, a drone delivery service for consumers on golf courses. The service will be available starting Monday (9 May). The drones will be used to deliver golf equipment, snacks, beverages and other items to players at pickup points on the golf course.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/rakuten-launches-drone-delivery-service-golf-courses-1617763732

Single deal fills phase one of Digital Realty Osaka data center

JapanDatacenter News — Data center provider Digital Realty has fully leased phase one of its first Japanese data center to a single cloud service provider. A William Stein, Digital Realty chief executive, says the company signed a multi-megawatt lease with a hyper-scale cloud service provider in Osaka, fully leasing phase one of Digital Realty’s first project in Japan.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/single-deal-fills-phase-one-digital-realty-osaka-data-center/

China leaps ahead of Japan, is now second in global iOS app revenue

ChinaTech in Asia — China just beat Japan to take second position for global revenue from iPhone and iPad apps, a new report says. The US is still the king of iOS app revenue generation in Q1 2016, according to App Annie (PDF link). However, China’s snapping at its heels, with a 2.2 times growth year-on-year that made it move up a notch since January.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-is-number-two-for-apple

Hong Kong overtakes Japan as most mature Asia Pacific cloud nation

Hong KongCloud Computing News — Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk.

http://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2016/apr/28/hong-kong-overtakes-japan-most-mature-asia-pacific-cloud-nation/

Yahoo Japan and East Ventures want Code Republic to be the Y Combinator of Japan

JapanTech in Asia —- Yahoo Japan, home to Japan’s most popular web portal, and East Ventures, a pan-Asian venture capital firm, are teaming up to create a new accelerator in Tokyo. Code Republic launched today and is the brainchild of Ryu Hirayama, managing director of YJ Capital, and Batara Eto, co-founder of East Ventures.

https://www.techinasia.com/code-republic-yahoo-japan-east-ventures

Salesforce puts up 2nd Japan datacenter with NEC

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Salesforce has signed an agreement to establish a second datacenter in the Kansai region of Japan, selecting NEC as its service provider. This data center in Japan supports Salesforce’s growing global customer base and expands the company’s datacenter capacity across the entire Asia-Pacific region.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/salesforce-puts-2nd-japan-datacenter-nec-1566510238

HPE, NEC form enterprise SDN alliance

JapanTelecom Asia — Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NEC Corporation have partnered to help companies accelerate the adoption of mobile-first networking to improve workplace productivity. Under the agreement, HPE and Aruba will integrate their enterprise wireless and wired networking portfolio with NEC’s SDN solutions.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/hpe-nec-form-enterprise-sdn-alliance