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  • Tom 8:49 pm on September 23, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Akihabara, Akihabara Entamatsuri, , anime, Asakusa, , CoFesta, comic books, electronics, , , , , , , game, Games, Ginza, historical sites, International Drama Festival, , Japan Fashion Week, , Kyodo, , , otaku, pop culture, , Shibuya, showcase, , , Tokyo Asia Music Market, Tokyo Game Show, Tokyo International Film Festival, , , ,   

    1-month festival to start this week, showcasing Japanese pop culture now 



    Japan will showcase the full lineup of its creative powers ranging from games, animation and ”manga” comic books to films, music and fashion through a series of events starting this week to highlight their attractiveness and seek more international business opportunities.

    The events, to be held under the banner of the Japan International Contents Festival, or CoFesta, until late October, will begin with the Sept. 24-27 Tokyo Game Show 2009, the world’s largest computer entertainment show, at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba on the outskirts of Tokyo. (More …)

  • Tom 8:34 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Asian social networking, avatar, , , , Cyworld, DeNA, , , Facebook gifts, Games, GREE fishing game, Habbo, Meanwhile, , MySpace, networking sites, , New York Times, online game, online games, pet, Pet Society, play games, Playfish, playing, playing games, PopCap, purchasing, QQ, Qzone, social games, social network, , social networking sites, , , Tsuri Star 2, Tudou, , virtual, virtual money, virtual pets   

    Asian social networking sites profit from virtual money 

    The Australia-based uSocial is selling friends and fans to Facebook members. Reuters photo.

    The Australia-based uSocial is selling friends and fans to Facebook members. Reuters photo.

    By selling an array of virtual products from avatar clothes to e-furniture, Asia’s social networking sites appear to have solved the conundrum of how to leverage big profits from their extensive user bases.

    It’s simple, they say, the money might be virtual but the profits are all too real.

    Chinese university student Tan Shengrong spends about 20 yuan ($2.90) per month purchasing outfits for her pet penguin avatar or playing games on QQ, an instant message portal on Qzone, China’s most popular social networking site.

    It might not seem like a hefty sum, but every fen, or cent, is money in the bank for Tencent Holdings, which owns Qzone and saw an 85 percent increase in its second quarter net profit this year compared to 2008 despite the economic downturn.

    “They keep growing even though the economy’s bad because they keep making millions from cents from millions and millions of people,” said Benjamin Joffe, head of Internet consulting firm Plus Eight Star. (More …)

  • Tom 6:14 pm on September 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , Asian Games 2010, Asian Games 2010 Guang Zhou, athletics, badminton, , , , , clay shooting, Games, , Guang Zhou, hina, , , long jump, , Olympic Games, Olympic Games 2010, Olympic Games 2014, , shooting, , , taekwando, targets, , , , weightlifting, womens boxing, wrestling,   

    Thailand cuts gold medal targets in Olympic Games 

    gold medal Olympic Games

    Thailand cut gold medal targets from the Olympic Games 2010 to 7 medals and the Olympic Games 2014 to 15 medals, while expecting to get 19 medals from Asian Games 2010 and 190 medals from 25th SEA Games.

    Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sport Dr. Sasithara Pichaicharnnarong today chaired the strategic plan meeting for promoting sports. After the meeting she revealed that the Minister of Tourism and Sport Mr. Chumpol Silpa-archa had ordered the postponement of the plan implementation from this year to next year in order to match with the budget. (More …)

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