Posts Tagged: Japan


Line Bangkok Office

Japanese chat app Line appears to be blocked in mainland China [UPDATED]

Have Chinese authorities added Japanese chat app Line to its internet blacklist? [See bottom for updates] Today our colleagues in mainland ...

  • July 2, 2014
  • at 11:20 am
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Rakuten confirms acquisition of minority stake in AirAsia Japan

Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten (4755:Tokyo) today announced that it has purchased an 18 percent stake in AirAsia Japan, a new carrier laun...

  • July 1, 2014
  • at 4:03 pm
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BIZMO II

Terra Motors’ new $4,000 electric motorcycle can deliver a pizza from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji on a single charge

The Tokyo-based EV startup will start selling a commercial motorcycle tomorrow, dubbed the BIZMO II, with a 150-kilometer range and 30kg loa...

  • June 30, 2014
  • at 5:27 pm
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Guitarists can play with pedals before buying them with the help of this Japanese startup

PedalForge is a site for musicians to virtually test guitar pedals that also recommends the best price for buying them new or used.

  • June 27, 2014
  • at 9:22 pm
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React Messenger, the selfie messaging app, takes off in Indonesia

React Messenger has really taken off in Asia. The LA-based startup is today rolling out React Messenger (which is iOS-only) in a new market ...

  • June 27, 2014
  • at 4:57 pm
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Line’s DIY sticker store now goes live in the US, UK, and 7 more countries

Early last month popular Japanese messaging app Line officially opened up its Creators Market in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia, let...

  • June 27, 2014
  • at 2:33 pm
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DeNA and Incubate Fund lead $500,000 investment into neighborhood crowdsourcing site

DeNA and Incubate Fund lead US$51 million investment into neighborhood crowdsourcing site, Any+Times.

  • June 25, 2014
  • at 7:02 pm
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Whill, an anti-wheelchair that’d make Professor X jealous, debuts on Kickstarter

Despite raising $1.75 million, Whill launched a Kickstarter campaign to generate buzz for its personal mobility device in the US.

  • June 24, 2014
  • at 9:14 pm
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Google’s new Boat Trekkers will capture images of recovery from Japan’s tsunami-ravaged coastline

Google Japan’s “Street View from the sea" project aims to document the coastal areas hit hardest by the country’s March 11, 2011 earth...

  • June 19, 2014
  • at 6:00 pm
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Why global consulting firm Deloitte is the trusted godfather to 2,000 Japanese startups

Deloitte offers free consulting services to Japanese startups in order to kickstart the Japanese economy.

  • July 2, 2014
  • at 10:30 am
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Japanese big data startup could be worth $200M – here’s why the founder won’t sell

Preferred Infrastructure, is a Japanese SaaS company focused on big data and natural language processing. The bootstrapped firm could be wor...

  • July 1, 2014
  • at 10:00 am
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Rakuten Ventures managing partner Saemin Ahn: “No one should tell you what your vision is about.”

Rakuten just launched a $100M fund for startups. Here’s why the company is more than just “Japan’s Amazon”

As Alibaba prepares for its IPO and Tencent aggressively pushes its WeChat messenger all over the world, it’s easy for folks in the we...

  • June 30, 2014
  • at 4:02 pm
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This Japanese startup has 14 million reasons why the business card isn’t dead

Sansan isn’t attempting to replace the business card - it is simply bringing the 400-year-old paper rectangles up to speed with our digita...

  • June 27, 2014
  • at 5:00 pm
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Japanese startup receives $5M to increase Twitcasting in the US and Brazil

Twitcasting now has 6.5 million global users - but only 20 percent are outside of Asia.

  • June 27, 2014
  • at 4:00 pm
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Is this Japan-India collaboration the strongest Twitter tracking service?

Unfollowers, created by brothers Tushar and Rishabh Mahajan has become a very popular service for tracking Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram ...

  • June 27, 2014
  • at 1:00 pm
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Japanese office supply giant introduces business card scanners for individuals and companies

King Jim announced two new business card scanners that promise to organize and store contacts in an easily searchable manner.

  • June 25, 2014
  • at 3:53 pm
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Japanese news app Gunosy lands second $12M investment from KDDI in just 4 months

KDDI is betting on the success of news curation app Gunosy after leading a second $12 million round of funding in just four months.

  • June 23, 2014
  • at 11:22 am
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Are the savings habits of Japanese corporations creating opportunities for foreign investors?

The prudent saving habits of Japanese corporations are complicating Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to revitalize the country’s economy....

  • June 19, 2014
  • at 4:59 pm
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