Posts Tagged: Japan


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The story behind Japan’s largest online property portal (#StartupAsia preview)

“I was frustrated by the information gap between property developers and the end consumers. Even when I’m part of the real estate indust...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 8:08 pm
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Line’s new ecommerce app for Thailand is the scruffy cousin to its shopping app in Japan

Thai shoppers, rejoice – popular Japanese chat app Line, which has 24 million registered users in the Land of Smiles, just rolled out ...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 6:09 pm
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Line files for IPO on Tokyo Stock Exchange as well as in US (Update: confirmed)

Line is set to file for a huge IPO with the Tokyo Stock Exchange, according to reports today.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 4:21 pm
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SoftBank CEO: robots can reverse Japan’s economic decline

Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of Japanese telco SoftBank, shared his revolutionary ideas about a robotic workforce in Japan.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 1:57 pm
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Japan’s wacky censors: scanning your vagina and turning it into a 3D printer data file is illegal

A Japanese artist was arrested in Tokyo for distributing 3D printer data that could be used to print her private parts.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 10:53 am
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Japanese telco giant KDDI puts $8M into four American startups, launches new $50M fund

After making $8M of investment in the US, KDDI is reloaded with $50 million. The new fund is for companies that are able to bridge the digit...

  • July 14, 2014
  • at 9:20 pm
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Can Japan’s KLab prove it is capable of competing with DeNA and Gree?

Japanese gaming company KLab is trying to recover from a disastrous 2014. Will the market allow it?

  • July 14, 2014
  • at 9:00 am
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This bootstrapped Japanese startup is proof that you don’t need to be in Tokyo to go global

Nulab, a collaborative software startup from Fukuoka, went global without traditional marketing or investors.

  • July 11, 2014
  • at 9:00 am
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Last-minute hotel booker HotelQuickly nets even more funding, this time from Japan’s Gree

HotelQuickly, a startup that connects travelers in need of a room with hotels that are in a pinch to put heads in beds, announced today it ...

  • July 10, 2014
  • at 9:00 am
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Android apps connected to Japan’s Metaps have been downloaded 1 billion times – find out what the firm is working on now

Metaps is taking its online payment solution to the US and EU. Afterwards, it wants to create an ecommerce system that does not require conv...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 7:00 pm
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Japanese-American entrepreneur William Saito: I only bet on those who have failed

William Saito discusses the state of Japan’s startup ecosystem, what’s holding it back, and how it can eventually thrive.

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 4:34 pm
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Jack Ma: The C2B business model is an “undeniable trend”

Jack Ma says that recent advances in big data will make B2C business models obsolete. Firms must customize their products or die.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 2:00 pm
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Line seeks to emulate Hello Kitty with an empire of cute

A look at how one chat app could provide a blueprint for Japan's cultural resurgence.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 12:00 pm
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KDDI Labo introduces five new startups in its 6th Demo Day

Filme won the audience award and MistCDN won the prize for best startup. Take a look to see which of the companies are worth watching.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 10:30 am
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Japan’s Netprice.com to rebrand as BEENOS – pivots to venture capital with “Inception Program”

Japan’s BEENOS creates “Inception” program - requires 70% equity to join. Idea created by Open Network Lab co-founder Hiro Maeda.

  • July 14, 2014
  • at 4:00 pm
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Personal finance app Moneytree adds point card tracking

Japan-based Moneytree will add point tracking support to its personal finance app, alerting users before their free money expires.

  • July 13, 2014
  • at 9:15 am
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19 of the hottest South Korean startups came to Tokyo looking for business partners – here’s our top five favorites

19 of the hottest South Korean startups came to Tokyo looking for business partners for Startup Alliance Korea. Here are the top five from t...

  • July 10, 2014
  • at 5:30 pm
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Awesome chart shows 50 countries with homegrown tech titans, but only 13 of those nations are in Asia

An interesting report from the Economist yesterday crunched data from the World Startup Report and lists the top three most valued tech comp...

  • July 9, 2014
  • at 7:00 pm
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