Digicon Salon: Maneo’s Presentation

Now I’m on my way to Las Vegas and writing this post at San Francisco International Airport.   Heavy traffic at the airport makes my flight delayed definitely.

By the way, last Friday Maneo’s CEO Mr. Seno-o was invited to the  monthly meet-up of Digicon Salon, and he brought us almost one and half hour presentation about his company that I’ve feature on this blog.

Seno-o Presents Maneo at Digicon Salon

I’ve been worried that the number of attendees could be extremely smaller than expected because the usual layer of attendees is a group of creator-like in my understanding, but actually the venue was filled with capacity of many attendees.

I appreciate the business of Mr. Seno-o who presented, the Graduate School of Digital Hollywood University which provided the venue and the organizers for Digicon Salon.

I covered many interesting stories he had told us, wrapped them in an article, and posted it for Asiajin.   Enjoy reading it.


My flight has not come by yet.

Fake Democracy

Taking a late lunch at Mansei, a popular beef restaurant in Akihabara with a good view. Now is the time of year-end, I’m very busy for greeting to our clients, which is one of Japanese seasonal business custom.

The view from here is changing. What happend here this year — Laox’s “The Computer Kan” was closed, Sofmap (PC chain store) was acquired by Bic Camera (electric appliances chain stores), Tsukumo Denki (Akihabara’s first PC chain store in the area’s history) bankrupted, and terrible and awful murder case happened on Chuo-Odori St. running in the area.

I heard that Kazuhiko Nishi would found a new university here jointly with Bill Gates.

View from Mansei

Well, after the sun set, as usual every yearend, Dr. Yasuki Hamano, Professor at Tokyo University Graduate School sum up this year’s events in this industry, which is this year’s final edition of Digicon Salon event at Digital Hollywood University Graduate School here in Akihabara.

He authored a book titled “Fake Democracy” recently, and it has been released by Kadokawa Publishing.

Cover of Fake Democracy 


Hamano's Autograph on His Book

Should we call it a reflection of Pax Americana? Has Japanese entertainment business been made up by the United States after the World War II?

He unveiled some interesting but awful stories at Digicon Salon, which were not written in the book due to various reasons.

Every fact in the history is sometimes made up intentionally by someone who rules the country at that time.

He authored this in order to record every fact correctly for future generations.

I will enjoy reading it in the year-end holidays.

iPhone App Billionaire to come?

Mr. Toshihiro TAKAGI, formerly known as the Editor-in-Chief of MacLIFE Magazine(Japan), Mr. Eiichi MATSUKI, known as the manager of MAUG-J or Macintosh Apple User Group Japan, and freelance Macintosh programmer Mr. Hiroyuki FUJIMOTO had a joint lecture on recently released iPhone 3G and its beyond.   Usually one person is in charge of presentation at the Digicon Salon monthly session, but this time three experts jointly did.   A number of attendees were coming down to the venue, which describes iPhone’s popularity and the world’s high expections and inrerests in the future that iPhone makes.

I was late for the meeting, and I couldn’t hear many inside stories on the brand new product.   However Mr. Takagi explained, unlike Japan’s cellphone application developers’ industry until now, iPhone apps developers need not to test the application repeatedly for many cellphone models for many cellphone operators before its release, which costs a lot.  If a developer makes a great iPhone apps, all they have to do is one single test for one single cellphone model – iPhone.   Then, that iPhone apps they made can be available for iPhoners all around the planet.   Not only corporates but also individuals have potentials to be a developer of popular iPhone apps.

Mr. Matsuki pointed out Google gazes at iPhone apps market to be grown, because Google has interest in building up an application distribution network hub for Andoroid-based cellphone users, yes, it would be a very “iPhone App Store” like.