Yahoo! Japan to make disaster relief donation for every person who searches for 3.11 on March 11

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Four years on, the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis that befell Japan’s Tohoku region on March 11, 2011 have very little effect on the day-to-day lives of most people in the country. The rolling blackouts have stopped. Batteries and bottled water are once again readily available. Trains are running, and whole cities aren’t spending hours walking home from work or school.

But while a return to normalcy is a desirable, and ultimately necessary, part of recovery, it’s also important to remember what happened. To stem the forgetfulness that often accompanies the later stages of coping with tragedy, on March 11 Yahoo! Japan will be making a donation to the Tohoku recovery efforts for every person that searches for “3.11” through the company’s search engine.

The Internet provider and portal conducted an identical initiative last year, supplying a total of 25,683,250 yen (approximately US $216,00) to charitable organizations. This year, Yahoo! will be making its donation to the Tohoku Recovery Support Organization (Toholu Fukkou Shien Dantai in Japanese).

A 10-yen donation will be made for each user who searches for “3.11” between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on March 11. To reiterate, the donation is made per user, not per search. Once you’ve searched once, you’ve done your job, so there’s nothing to be gained by repeating the search over and over again.

Instead, Yahoo! would prefer you took the time to read through some of the results that come up, in keeping with the program’s aim of creating a moment in which to think about the places and people’s lives which were so abruptly changed in 2011. The company also plans to release a video with interviews of people from the disaster-struck towns of Ishinomaki, Yamadamachi, and Soma, which are located in Miyazaki, Iwate, and Fukushima Prefectures, respectively. Yahoo! will also be creating a visualization of 3.11-releated searches, similar to the one from 2014

▼ Aside from jishin/地震 (“earthquake”), dengonban/伝言板 (“message board”), yoshin/余震 (aftershock), gienkin/義援金 (“donation”), and gasorin/ガソリン (“gasoline”) are all prominently featured.

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Yahoo! Japan’s search box can be found here.

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Unable to compete with chat apps, Yahoo Messenger Japan is shutting down on March 26


Yahoo Japan, the Japanese subsidiary that is independent to Yahoo Inc, has announced that it will close its domestic Yahoo Messenger service on March 26. The Japanese service is not linked to the global version.

The announcement explains that the move reflects the dwindling number of Messenger users in Japan, which is mainly due to the dominance of Line’s mobile messaging app, which has 50 million registered users there. Yahoo is directing users to Kakao Talk, the Korean messaging app it helps run in Japan, and its Yahoo Mail (Japan) service and accompanying email app.

Yahoo exited the Korean market last year, but the situation is quite different in Japan.

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Yahoo Messenger Japan is shutting down


Yahoo! Japan Creates Interactive “GAGADOLL” Lady Gaga Fanpage


It is not uncommon for artists to pair an album release with corresponding promotional merchandise, but in classic Lady Gaga fashion, the songstress kicked things up a notch for the recent release of ARTPOP, and recently linked up with Japanese toy manufacturers to release a life-sized humanoid GAGADOLL silicon figure.

Now, Gaga and Yahoo! Japan have released an interactive portal page that lets fans click through links and icons featured upon an image of GAGADOLL’s outfit to reach the latest Gaga news, tweets, her Universal Music Japan homepage and other relevant Yahoo! Japan sites.

Head here to check out the fanpage for yourself, which will be live until December 8.

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Yahoo! Japan Creates Interactive “GAGADOLL” Lady Gaga Fanpage