Yahoo Japan Corp. revealed on Friday of last week that it suspected as many as 22 million user IDs had been stolen as part of a malicious attempt to access the web portal's administrative system. The company stated that the information that was taken did not include users' passwords or the verification information needed to reset passwords, however they are urging their roughly 200 million customers to change their passwords right away.
An announcement from Yahoo Japan last week revealed that the company was planning a system that will allow employees to take a sabbatical of up to one year. President Manabu Miyasaka said the purpose is to allow employees to explore and pursue any interests they may have, and that the company will begin offering the time away from work, which will be unpaid, before the end of the 2013 fiscal year.
To help U.S. startup companies who want to make it into the Japanese market, Yahoo Japan has pumped in US$20 million worth of investments via a partnership with SoftBank Capital. Both companies are looking to bring savvy U.S. tech startups to add more diversity while also expanding the investment portfolio of both companies.
Japanese mobile games outfit GREE and Yahoo Japan signed a wide-ranging deal in November 2012, and today the two companies have announced that they will be opening a joint-venture focused on developing social games for smartphones next month. The new entity will be tentatively named “GxYz” and will open business on March 15.
Yahoo! Japan Capital hosted its own event on the day of the Setsubun, a bean-throwing festival held annually on February 3rd. While the festival itself is celebrated in many different ways depending on the region, Yahoo! Japan Capital opted to hold theirs at the Tokyo Tower, where some 800 people wearing goggles and carrying 2 kilograms of soybeans were in attendance. During the 2-hour event, the participants threw roasted soybeans, a ritual called Mamemaki, aimed at Oni, a sort of Japanese ogre, which symbolizes bad luck.
The country’s pioneer web portal, Yahoo! Japan Corporation and convenience store franchise Lawson, Inc. are set to enter into a joint venture aimed at providing home delivery service of food and daily necessities via online order placements beginning January 2013, according to sources on Tuesday. This development comes at a time when convenience store chains are getting more and more competitive, and are thus finding ways to get ahead in the industry where new stores are continually opening.
Softbank, a Japanese Internet and telecommunications company, together with its subsidiary, Yahoo! Japan, has just launched a social networking site that caters to otaku not only from Japan but from the rest of the world as well. "Wonder!" joins the fray of social networking services that cater to the growing number of anime, manga, and video game fans all over the world.
It has been less than a day that GREE agreed to significant deal with Yahoo Japan, that a new announcement by DeNA has come up to fuel the Japanese mobile gaming war. DeNA has announced that it is expanding its existing partnership with Yahoo Japan onto mobile devices. The deal is significant to the PC-based gaming service Yahoo Mobage, and takes the flight to smartphones, tablets and other devices.
In an odd twist of entering new business markets, internet search engine giant Yahoo Japan has stated it will begin selling medical test kits to the general public that will allow individuals learn their genetic risks to different diseases. Yahoo defends itself from the criticism of selling such a product online to the public with the explanation that it is Japan's largest company for conducting analyses.