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Japanese microblogging websites and decentralized platforms

If you think that Japanese people put extra work hours and work long hours you will be completely surprised by the reality.

Japanese workers typically put in around 2,000 hours of work per year, which is about 40 hours per week.

It seems they don't work more, just work well organized and have a great work ethic.

With all that free time, they must have interesting hobbies and activities.

Then again... the most popular form of entertainment in Japan is manga and anime and the most popular physical activity for the average person in Japan is walking.

🔷How many hours Japanese people spend online?

According to various studies, the average Japanese person spends about 5 hours per day online.

This time is spent on various activities such as browsing the web, using social media, shopping online, and watching videos.

The use of smartphones and mobile internet has been a major factor in the increase in online usage in Japan.

According to data from the Japanese government and various surveys, the average Japanese person spends about only 30-60 minutes per day exercising.

This time is spent on activities such as walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, and playing sports. The level of physical activity varies greatly depending on the individual's age, occupation, and personal interests.

However, in general, it is considered that Japanese people have a relatively low level of physical activity compared to other countries.

🔷The most used web browsers in Japan

According to Statcounter, as of 2021 the most used web browser in Japan was Google Chrome, followed by Safari, and Internet Explorer (! what).

Google Chrome has a dominant market share in Japan, with over 60% of users accessing the web through the browser.

The use of Safari is also popular in Japan, particularly on Apple devices, while Internet Explorer still has a significant user base due to its long history and widespread use in Japanese corporations and government organizations.

🔷The most used mobile platform in Japan

According to various reports, as of 2021 the most used mobile platform in Japan is Android, so the high usage of Google Chrome and Google products in general comes as a no surprise.

Android has a large market share in Japan, with a majority of Japanese smartphone users accessing the internet and using apps on Android devices.

iOS, the operating system used by Apple devices, is also popular in Japan, particularly among those who use iPhones. However, the market share of iOS is lower than that of Android in Japan.


I expected a little bit more variety but it seems that Japan is still largely disinterested to develop a large international social media website. Signing up for Ameba was a pain.

List of the websites:

  • Twitter (available in Japanese)
  • Ameba
  • FC2 Blog
  • Hatena
  • LiveJournal Japan
  • Tumblr (available in Japanese)
  • Yahoo! Blog
  • Tumblr Japan
  • Excite Blog
  • Seesaa Blog
  • Niconico


The most popular microblogging website in Japan is Twitter. Twitter has been widely adopted in Japan, and has become a popular platform for both personal and business use. In addition to Twitter, Japanese people also use a number of local microblogging websites.



Hatena is a Japanese web services company that provides a variety of online tools and services, including a blogging platform called Hatena Blog. Hatena Blog is a free, easy-to-use platform that allows users to create and manage their own personal blogs. It offers a variety of customization options, including templates and themes, as well as features such as comment sections and social media integration.


FC2 Blog

FC2 Blog is another blogging platform that allows users to create and manage their own personal blogs for free. It is operated by the Japanese company FC2, Inc. and is popular in Japan and other countries in Asia. Like Hatena Blog, FC2 Blog offers a variety of customization options and features, including templates, themes, and social media integration. Additionally, it provides tools for monetizing a blog through advertising and other revenue-generating activities.

FC2 Blog

🔷Social networks made in Japan

It is difficult to determine the exact number of social networks created in Japan, but there are many Japanese social networking services, such as LINE, Mixi, and Ameba.

List of the websites:

  • LINE
  • Mixi
  • Mobage
  • GREE
  • CYZO
  • Fril
  • Tabetop
  • With
  • Atnd
  • Connpass


LINE is a freeware instant messaging app and platform for smartphones, tablets and personal computers. It was developed in Japan and is widely used there and in other countries, particularly in East Asia. LINE allows users to send text messages, make voice and video calls, and share photos, videos and stickers.



Ameba is a Japanese social networking service and blog platform that allows users to share content, such as text posts, photos, and videos, and connect with friends and other users. It was launched in 2000 and is one of the largest and most popular social networks in Japan.



Mixi is a Japanese social networking service launched in 2004. It was one of the first and largest social networks in Japan and allowed users to connect with friends and share personal updates, photos, and interests.


🔷P2P and decentralized websites developed in Japan

There are peer-to-peer (P2P) software programs developed in Japan. One example is Winny, a popular file-sharing program in Japan, which was developed in 2002. There have been decentralized websites developed in Japan. These websites use blockchain technology and a decentralized network to store and manage data, making them more secure and resistant to censorship and control by a central authority. Some examples of decentralized websites developed in Japan include Everipedia and OST. Here is a list of some decentralized websites created in Japan:

List of the websites:

  • Everipedia
  • OST
  • Blockchangers
  • Token Transit
  • Mirrored
  • Blockreward
  • PIKA Network
  • Token Trends
  • Caelum Labs


Everipedia is a decentralized knowledge-sharing platform that aims to provide accurate, up-to-date information on a wide range of topics. It is built on the EOS blockchain and allows users to contribute and edit articles, which are stored on the blockchain and protected from censorship and tampering. Everipedia is one of the largest decentralized encyclopedias and has been developed in Japan.


OST (Open Simple Token)

OST (Open Simple Token) is a blockchain-based platform that enables businesses and developers to easily create and manage their own branded digital assets, such as tokens and coins, for use in their applications and services. The platform is designed to be user-friendly and accessible, allowing businesses to take advantage of blockchain technology without the need for extensive technical knowledge.



FISSION is a decentralized platform that provides a secure, scalable and user-friendly infrastructure for building and deploying decentralized applications (dApps). It aims to make it easy for developers to create and deploy dApps, and for users to interact with these applications, without the need for a central authority. FISSION was developed in Japan and is built on the Ethereum blockchain.


🔷Manga and anime websites in Japan

I bet there are many but these are the most popular:

  • Nico Nico Douga
  • Crunchyroll
  • Aniwatch
  • Funimation
  • Daisuki
  • Anilist
  • 9anime
  • Animedia