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Terrie's Take: Predictions for 2015 in Japan, the Kids got no Romance, Line Taxi, and More!
Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:
Japanese Social Networking: Can mixi survive Line, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.? [REISSUE]
Long under siege from Facebook, Twitter, and more recently, the semi-social Line, and confronted by a shift toward more open and international social networking options, Japan’s native mixi has signaled what looks a lot like retreat...
Japanese Technology from the Future SATURDAY Because of Friday Night Corporate Hobnobbing!

This week it’s Japan moving to subsidize the purchase of fuel cell-powered automobiles made by Toyota but hopefully some other players, too, Japan is sharing its earthquake proofing/resistance tech with Bangladesh, and the world's biggest messaging service that no one outside of Asia knows about is investing in America!

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Takara Tomy announced the release of a toy smartphone for kids - My Touch Smart "Line Friends".  With it, kids can pretend like sending and receiving messages and stamps on the popular communication application LINE.  It will be out for sale on August 7.

As if it is a real smartphone, it has a LED display, camera function, music reply ability, and more than 30 kinds of playable applications.