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Used-phone niche Smama launches in Japan

Used-phone niche Smama launches in Japan

Tokyo-based internet service Jiraffe Inc. introduced Smama.jp last month to facilitate the buying and selling of second-hand mobile phones.

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Mercari appoints young founder Hiroyuki Tsuruta

Mercari appoints young founder Hiroyuki Tsuruta

Japan’s used-goods marketplace Mercari appointed serial entrepreneur Hiroyuki Tsuruta (photo), who co-founded internet business Labit Inc. and a peer-to-peer books marketplace at its app-development subsidiary Souzoh.com, according to media reports.

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Japan’s flea market Fril sets up idols corner

Japan’s flea market Fril sets up idols corner

Fril, Japan’s leading online flea market mainly supported by female fashion enthusiasts, added a dedicated section called Live Goods Mall, where it lists items used as props in entertainment shows, and which are associated with celebrities.


Stuff site Jimoty adds muscle to top management

Stuff site Jimoty adds muscle to top management

Jimoty (Jmty.jp), a leading stuff site in Japan, added the position of chief operating officer (COO) to its top management level. The new COO will also join the board as a representative director focused on rolling out a new business for Jmty.jp. No appointment has been made. 

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Mercari moves into cycle-sharing with partners

Mercari moves into cycle-sharing with partners

Earlier this month, Japan’s stuff site Mercari said it will diversify its sharing economy business by launching a section for bicycle-sharing early next year. The service will be offered with partners (such as local authorities). The bikes will be stationed near public transport points, and pedestrians (tourists) will be able to search for the nearest bike point on a mobile app.  


Stuff app Fril adds payment system Rakuten Pay

Stuff app Fril adds payment system Rakuten Pay

Fril, the c-to-c marketplace app in Japan owned by e-commerce titan Rakuten Inc., built the payment gateway Rakuten Pay into its app, to enable users to pay online (and in-app) for their purchases on Fril.jp. 


Mercari denies that a decision had been taken to list

Mercari denies that a decision had been taken to list

Mercari, Japan’s peer-to-peer marketplace, is hoping to raise 100 billion yen ($899 million U.S.) with a listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday. Expected before the end of 2017, the IPO may well end up the biggest of the year on the TSE, according to Nikkei.

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EBay results: uninspiring, once again

EBay results: uninspiring, once again

It’s not a nice thing to say of one of the big players in the classifieds and marketplaces industry, but EBay Inc.’s classifieds and marketplace are simply not going anywhere fast. Low, single-digit revenue growth rates simply can’t be called exciting. Not in the “new” world of the internet.


At Mercari, the hashtag bundles similar listings

At Mercari, the hashtag bundles similar listings

Mercari, Japan’s app-first, used-goods marketplace, now uses the power of the hashtag (#) to help its users browse products of particular brand or/and description, in the same way, Twitter and Facebook use it to bundle topics together.

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