Thoughts on Tokyo.JapanTimes

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Next week on the 25th in Tokyo we will have the official launch party
for Tokyo.JapanTimes http://tokyo.japantimes.co.jp

You can find out more about the launch party on its ever changing Facebook events page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=362274829656

I won’t talk about how earth shattering or game changing the
Tokyo.JapanTimes platform will be. I’ve learned my lessons from trying
to innovate within the music industry.

I think the beauty of Tokyo.JapanTimes is its simplicity. Its about
Tokyo for people who love Tokyo. Much of the content is consumer
generated content, but this is in no way a attempt to shift the
business strategy of a media company. The Japan Times benefits from
Tokyo.JapanTimes by being a part of the conversation.

Already several Japan Times reporters have voluntarily joined the
community and become a part of the discussion. The great thing is that
Japan Times reporters and members of Tokyo.JapanTimes all have the
same mutual interest, Tokyo and to a larger extent Japan.

The party guest list for the 25th is a virtual who’s who of the Tokyo
young professional and creative scene. So I think this could become
something meaningful if its allowed to grow.

We provide a platform and a venue for Tokyo lovers and in exchange,
The Japan Times gets a pulse on what people are thinking, talking
about and interested in. This type of real time information is
invaluable.

If when people around the world think of Tokyo they think of The Japan Times. The
platform will have been a huge success.

One thing you may notice immediately on the site, besides the beautiful photographs is the
absence of banner advertising. The greatest challenge at this stage is
to nurture the community. That will be our immediate focus.

In my opinion there wasn’t a English language user portal on Tokyo
that was well done, if anyone should build one, why not The Japan
Times? And here we are.

See, no major pronouncements about changing the world.

  5 comments for “Thoughts on Tokyo.JapanTimes

  1. Ady さん
    February 16, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Way to go Mr Ejovi!Just curious about the moderation process though. I mean people could post all kinds of stuff. I’d like to see this as a clean site in the future. Not one more otaku site ^^;And yeah, I didn’t notice it was an English language portal, do u plan to keep it that way?

  2. Ejovi Nuwere
    February 16, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Ady, we need to perfect moderation. Right now we have three people moderating and I guess it will take some time for everyone to get on the same page.We are focusing on English since we only have so many resources.Anyway, if we did add another language it might likely be Chinese or Korean. 😉

  3. 1rick
    February 16, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Any plans for map integration?Or maybe a location-based category/tagging system?Both?Looks very promising though, and I’m glad to finally see an effort to create a quality English site on Tokyo.

  4. Takara Swoopes Bullock
    February 16, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Great job Ejovi, it looks excellent and I agree simplicity is key. This is certainly long overdue. See you at the launch party 🙂

  5. Ejovi Nuwere
    February 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

    @1rick we are working on that, their are some system limitations but hopefully we an overcome as the site grows@takara see you soon!

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