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Think in verticals not niches and a new website

28 October 2007

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Over about the past year or so, since I started creating multiple websites the advice has always been to create a website based on a particular niche. The theory goes that it is difficult for new players to break into highly competitive markets. I think niches are still a good way to make money, but […]

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Horie convicted

16 March 2007

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Former Livedoor President and entrepreneur, Takafumi Horie was convicted and sentenced to two and a half years jail today. I have been writing a blog on his trial and pretty surprised with the decision. I had it in my mind that he would be released and would go on to bigger and better things. I […]

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First .mobi advertisement seen

18 December 2006

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While travelling on Tokyo’s circular loop train, the ‘Yamanote Line’ I saw an advertisement which featured a .mobi URL. It was interesting because I didn’t think that Japanese companies would use the .mobi extension. The site was norikae.mobi which means to change trains in Japanese. I just checked the site on my mobile and they […]

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Cleaning up

18 December 2006

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I have just one more day here in Japan. It has been an extremely busy couple of of weeks. I can’t wait to get my place cleaned up, of course though it is going to be very sad leaving. I have done very little on my sites. It is very difficult working on the floor!

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Japanese Viral Video

24 November 2006

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I just couldn’t help not posting this. Japanese businesses are just starting to discover how they can use “viral videos” to promote their products. This is a pretty good example: http://www.nanokakan.com/

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Tsunami to hit Japan

15 November 2006

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I just turned on the news and it looks like a tsunami is going to hit Japan. Goodbye everyone! To be honest though, it doesn’t look too bad now, at least in Tokyo. Fortunately I am living on the tenth floor. Japan has some excellent systems in place, unlike the countries that got hit in […]

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Annual medical checkup

12 September 2006

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I had my medical checkup today, which most companies in Japan make their staff do. It is a pretty thorough examination, including drinking barium. It is anything like a milkshare as described in the above site. I didn’t even realize their could be some risks. In Japan, it is easier just go with the flow. […]

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Why I came to Japan

21 June 2006

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Reflection time. Someone left a comment on my yesterday, asking why I first came to Japan. It is something I get asked almost everyday, but here goes… I first visited Japan on a Lions Exchange trip after I had completed my first year of university. I spent a fantastic 6 weeks in Fukuoka and traveling […]

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Saving costs of living in Japan

16 June 2006

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I know Tokyo is a relatively expensive place to live in and I pay a lot for rent, but compared to the costs I would have if I lived in Australia, in some ways it is fairly cheap. – No car needed. Trains are so good here and parking is so expensive that there just […]

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Japanese apprentice fails to get off the ground

25 April 2006

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A Japanese version of the television program, ‘The Apprentice’ has failed to eventuate. One of the features of the US and UK version of the program sees contestants ending their run on the show with their boss, Donald Trump in the US version, yelling ‘You’re fired!’. Especially after the trouble of high profile Livedoor president, […]

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