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Tuesday, March 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Japan Web: A New Beginning or the Galapagos

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Japan remains a big question mark. Sometimes qualified as strange, sometimes thought as very innovative, often unknown to many. Can you name one Japanese startup? Can you name one Japanese web service that you use? Do you know Facebook is almost inexistent there? With the recent successes of Twitter (almost 20% of worldwide tweets are in Japanese), the iPhone (shaking a very insular mobile market), is Japan opening up to the US and the world? Similarly, with Rakuten, the Japanese eBay, acquiring Buy.com & opening offices in the US, but also entering China and elsewhere, are we witnessing a new era of Japanese companies' expansion? Japan remains a land of opportunities. A country where innovative models are popping up every day. Let's learn about Japan.

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Naoki Aoyagi

CEOGREE International IncNaoki Aoyagi joined GREE in March 2006 as the company's chief financial officer. Under his leadership, GREE went public with phenomenal success in 2008. He established GREE International in January 2011, and serves as the first CEO. He has nearly 10 years... Read More →
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Michi Kaifu

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Ko Orita

PresidentDigital Media Strategies LLCKo is a Seattle-based analyst and business consultant focusing on online advertising and media. Japan’s top advertising agencies, media companies, and ad networks are among Ko’s clients, for services ranging from industry research, to technology... Read More →
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Paul Papadimitriou

VP, Principal AnalystConstellation ResearchI am an industry analyst focusing on online media, its impact on how corporations and individuals communicate, and the redefinition of social norms through new technologies. I try to understand how technology impacts people, how cultures... Read More →
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Hiroko Tabuchi

Japan Business CorrespondentThe New York Times
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Serkan Toto

Japan CorrespondentTechCrunchPart-time, Dr. Serkan Toto works as the first and only Asia-based writer for the TechCrunch network, mainly covering Japan-related technology and web companies for TechCrunch, CrunchGear and MobileCrunch. Full-time, Serkan is working as an independent... Read More →

Tuesday March 15, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
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