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Accelerators

Advertising

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This is how Pokémon Go might win the advertising game

As the Pokémon Go craze continues to soar, it raises some intriguing business opportunities
Jul 13, 2016
SundaySky Co-Founders Shmulik Weller and Yaniv Axen. Photo credit: PR

Video startup SundaySky just raised a $30 million investment – this is why it’s a big deal

A startup that automatically produces videos to greet you on business websites based on data it scrambles together from across the web is both impressive and kind of [Read More...]
Jun 08, 2016

Big Data

South Korea has the fastest internet worldwide, US is ranked twelfth

Internet connection speed worldwide has risen 21% year-over-year, Akamai reports
Dec 22, 2016

Beabloo raises €10M from SoftBank to provide retail stores with data analytics

This is particularly notable because it is SoftBank's first investment in a Spanish startup
May 25, 2015

In the future, stores will know your name before you walk in the door

Retailers are using facial recognition to identify customers as they come in the store. Cool or creepy?
Dec 14, 2014

Consumer

Panasonic Megahonyaku (screenshot)

Panasonic starts selling the would-be Google Translate of megaphones

Limited only to 300 essential phrases, it may pave the way for customizing translations for specific purposes
Jan 04, 2017
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Infinity AR leaves the public market, raising $18 million from Alibaba and Sun Corporation

This is a weird one. It's not often that a company leaves the stock market to return to being private. Augmented reality indeed
Nov 01, 2016

How this Japanese woman became country manager for a major US startup

Yuri Hamasaki has wanted to help people get fitter since her father fell ill when she was a child.
Aug 09, 2016

eCommerce

Japan’s hottest unicorn Mercari is charging into the US

Japan’s youngest unicorn, Mercari, has dominated the domestic ecommerce space and wants to conquer the US next
Sep 06, 2016
Japan's Paidy and its Canadian-born founder score $15 million to push a cardless payments system

Paying online without a credit card? Japanese startup Paidy just raised $15 million to push the effort

These are the two main motivations behind creating a card-less payments app in Japan
Jul 28, 2016

Omise’s $17.5 million funding round puts Thai payments startups on the map in a big way

This is a big round for Thailand, but it won't be for long: Expect the country to become a huge source of e-commerce activity
Jul 21, 2016
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Education

Entrepreneurship

What you need to know to launch a startup in Japan

Japan may have less venture capital flying around but it’s still a huge market and a great time to start a business in the country
Dec 18, 2016
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. CC BY-SA 3.0

What to expect from the $100 billion Saudi-SoftBank partnership

We take a closer look at what SoftBank's new Saudi partner brings to the table
Oct 30, 2016

a16z’s Jeff Jordan: Why startups should stop selling out before IPO

“Now it’s been fashionable not to go public and companies are trying to stay private for much longer . . . the reality is the best tech companies – the ones [Read More...]
Sep 07, 2016
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Events

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FinTech

Japan's Paidy and its Canadian-born founder score $15 million to push a cardless payments system

Paying online without a credit card? Japanese startup Paidy just raised $15 million to push the effort

These are the two main motivations behind creating a card-less payments app in Japan
Jul 28, 2016

176,000 Japanese stores will soon support Alipay

Chinese tourists will soon be able to make offline payments with their Alipay Wallet when travelling in Japan.
Oct 07, 2015

Japan’s Orb launches blockchain-based cloud computing platform, lands $2.3M funding

This Japanese startup has introduced a decentralized cloud computing system leveraging blockchain-based authentication technology.
Sep 30, 2015
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Gaming

10 things you need to know about the Nintendo Switch

With a little something for everyone, the Switch could be Nintendo's next big hit
Mar 08, 2017
The Switch in its handheld mode. Photo Credit: Nintendo

Nintendo Switch goes on tour in North America starting January 13

More details will be released the day before in Tokyo, followed by the first NYC demo
Dec 16, 2016

Tokyo Comic-Con’s ban reversal on men cosplaying as female characters shows Japan’s culture clash

Japan fan events have a history of banning male cosplay of female characters even as gender-bending characters have become more common in comic lore
Oct 27, 2016
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Greentech

Can this company solve Earth’s space trash problem?

Astroscale is sick of satellite and rocket refuse polluting the skies, so it's doing something about it
Oct 17, 2015

The cycling tech revolution is here: 20 bike startups you should know about

20 awesome bike technologies that will make your ride less bumpy
Apr 26, 2015

Solar power marketplace gets $2M in funding to help more people go green

IACC’s marketplace, Green Energy Navi, purports to be the largest of its kind in Japan
Mar 06, 2015

Hardware

Raksul team photo. Photo credit: PR

Japanese printing startup Raksul secures $20.2M to strengthen global expansion

It has now become one of the most funded startups in Japan
Aug 04, 2016
Cool stuff like a humanoid robot were presented at TechNode's Asia Hardware Competition. Photo credit: Laura Rosbrow-Telem / Geektime

Asian hardware at ChinaBang was amazing. Profitable? It depends (VIDEO)

ChinaBang, TechNode's latest conference in Chengdu, China, showcased some of Asia's best hardware startups. While the ideas were amazing, few seemed profitable
Mar 31, 2016

This ordinary-looking pen hides a battery pack for your smartphone

In addition to providing emergency juice for your smartphone, the Ballpoint Pen Power Bank comes with a touch screen stylus that also hides – you guessed it – a [Read More...]
Jan 19, 2015
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Health

Avi Yaron, founder and CEO Visionsense and now Joy Ventures has gone through three brain surgeries, leading to his invention of a new kind of surgical camera (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images Israel)

Beyond brain surgery: Israel’s newest VC JOY Ventures raises $50 million fund for ‘neuro-wellness’ startups

Startups developing neurotechnology linked to preventative medicine and better living will be the main focus of the company
Feb 07, 2017

How this Japanese woman became country manager for a major US startup

Yuri Hamasaki has wanted to help people get fitter since her father fell ill when she was a child.
Aug 09, 2016

Japan’s Ontenna hair clip device translates sound to vibration for hearing impaired

This hair clip uses light and vibration to convey nearby sound to the hearing impaired.
Aug 30, 2015
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Industry

Taking on Slack, Japan’s office communications platform ChatWork adds Vietnamese

Can this Japanese startup give Slack a run for its money, targeting new markets in Asia?
Aug 07, 2016

DeNA’s Robot Taxi to hit streets of Japan in 2016

Out with the Uber and in with the robotic taxi drivers.
Oct 05, 2015

Japan’s Orb launches blockchain-based cloud computing platform, lands $2.3M funding

This Japanese startup has introduced a decentralized cloud computing system leveraging blockchain-based authentication technology.
Sep 30, 2015
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Innovation

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. CC BY-SA 3.0

What to expect from the $100 billion Saudi-SoftBank partnership

We take a closer look at what SoftBank's new Saudi partner brings to the table
Oct 30, 2016

Can this company solve Earth’s space trash problem?

Astroscale is sick of satellite and rocket refuse polluting the skies, so it's doing something about it
Oct 17, 2015

App-controlled wooden box for drinking Japanese sake launches crowdfunding campaign

A group of Japanese students have turned to a crowdfunding platform to realize their dream of a wooden, app-controlled sake box which changes colors.
Aug 09, 2015

Internet

South Korea has the fastest internet worldwide, US is ranked twelfth

Internet connection speed worldwide has risen 21% year-over-year, Akamai reports
Dec 22, 2016

Japan’s WOVN.io helps websites improve search engine visibility in any language

WOVN.io, which makes it easy to offer a website in multiple languages, has enhanced its SEO capabilities to ensure websites are indexed properly.
Aug 10, 2015

Raksul is changing printing in Japan and just scored $33.7M

"No matter how much the web progresses, paper is not going to disappear,” says Raksul CEO Matsumoto. In fact, the conventional wisdom that there is no future in paper [Read More...]
Feb 17, 2015
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IoT

New Zealand startup StretchSense & Japan's StartToday announce partnership to create the IoT of clothes

This could be the future of smart clothing in this partnership between New Zealand's tech and Japan's market dominance
Jul 10, 2016

IoT startup Ayla scores $39 million investment to expand in Japan, China and Taiwan

Ayla's big round shows there are no doubts about the direction of smart homes among investors
Jun 27, 2016

Ecomott melts snow, lowers noise pollution, and gives the power of IoT to anyone

Takuya Irisawa - The man who was doing IoT before it was called IoT
Feb 12, 2015

Lists

Japan celebrates a surprise win over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images Irael)

5 of the best apps to help English speakers translate and learn Japanese on Android

If you are studying in Japan this semester and want a little bit of help, these are some of the best options for when you're stuck in traffic on a Tokyo tram
Jan 18, 2017

8 Japanese startups you really ought to be following

Japan's startup ecosystem is beyond prolific, evident by this line up of companies that will be at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2016.
Aug 10, 2016
Geektime playing Pokemon Go. Photo credit: Gedalyah Reback / Geektime

5 things I don’t get about Pokemon Go

It's not just you
Jul 17, 2016
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Marketing

AnyPerk, Japan’s first YCombinator graduate, nabs $8.5M series A

Companies which sign up for AnyPerk can draw on the startup’s deep partner list to provide discounts, special rates, and other benefits to their employees
Feb 03, 2015

In the future, stores will know your name before you walk in the door

Retailers are using facial recognition to identify customers as they come in the store. Cool or creepy?
Dec 14, 2014

Media

Photo Credit: Infinity AR YouTube

Infinity AR leaves the public market, raising $18 million from Alibaba and Sun Corporation

This is a weird one. It's not often that a company leaves the stock market to return to being private. Augmented reality indeed
Nov 01, 2016

Tokyo Comic-Con’s ban reversal on men cosplaying as female characters shows Japan’s culture clash

Japan fan events have a history of banning male cosplay of female characters even as gender-bending characters have become more common in comic lore
Oct 27, 2016
Attendees examine a Sharp Corp. 85-inch 8K full-spec liquid crystal display (LCD) television at the Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC) in Chiba, Japan, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Photo credit: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images Israel

Japanese network showcases 8K TV sets

Today's 4K TV faces an uncertain future if 8K becomes almost as affordable by 2020
Oct 05, 2016
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Mobile

Google Translate adds Japanese to English instant camera translation with 5.7 update

The new feature continues Translate's efforts to automate language interpretation across the globe, but still has some chinks in its armor
Jan 25, 2017
Japan celebrates a surprise win over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images Irael)

5 of the best apps to help English speakers translate and learn Japanese on Android

If you are studying in Japan this semester and want a little bit of help, these are some of the best options for when you're stuck in traffic on a Tokyo tram
Jan 18, 2017
Photo credit: Viber

WhatsApp rival Viber launches branded accounts for companies and public figures

'Public Accounts' will allow companies and celebrities to communicate directly with followers
Nov 09, 2016
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News

Panasonic Megahonyaku (screenshot)

Panasonic starts selling the would-be Google Translate of megaphones

Limited only to 300 essential phrases, it may pave the way for customizing translations for specific purposes
Jan 04, 2017
The Switch in its handheld mode. Photo Credit: Nintendo

Nintendo Switch goes on tour in North America starting January 13

More details will be released the day before in Tokyo, followed by the first NYC demo
Dec 16, 2016
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: President-elect Donald Trump pauses with Masayoshi Son, the chief executive of SoftBank, at Trump Tower on December 6, 2016 in New York City. Trump announced that SoftBank has agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs. Photo credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Israel

Under Trump, SoftBank will invest half of its $100 billion Vision Fund in the US

President-elect Donald Trump announced the deal after meeting with SoftBank's CEO, and Foxconn is also mulling new US investments
Dec 07, 2016
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Robotics

Google Translate adds Japanese to English instant camera translation with 5.7 update

The new feature continues Translate's efforts to automate language interpretation across the globe, but still has some chinks in its armor
Jan 25, 2017

Rakuten leads $10.5 million round in AI startup ViSenze

Brands use ViSenze to turn images into engagement, and publishers use ViSenze to generate monetisation opportunities from their visual media assets
Sep 16, 2016

Can this company solve Earth’s space trash problem?

Astroscale is sick of satellite and rocket refuse polluting the skies, so it's doing something about it
Oct 17, 2015
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Security

Social Media

Meet Twitcasting, the Japanese app that’s a few steps ahead of Meerkat and Periscope

Twitcasting’s official Twitter account is the third-most followed account for Japanese-language web services and apps, with 1.2 million followers. By comparison, [Read More...]
Apr 19, 2015

Line reports 2014 revenues of $656M, reaches 181M monthly active users

Line Corp is announcing impressive growth for the year ending 2014, but could they be running out of juice?
Jan 29, 2015

Space

Kolkata physicists to send X-ray probe with TeamIndus for Google Lunar XPRIZE launch next year

TeamIndus will attempt to land on the lunar surface in December 2017 to win $30 million from Google
Dec 27, 2016

Japanese Astroscale aspires to be the first outer space cleaning company

Commercial and military trends means that a lot more space junk will be generated
Dec 03, 2016

Can this company solve Earth’s space trash problem?

Astroscale is sick of satellite and rocket refuse polluting the skies, so it's doing something about it
Oct 17, 2015

Venture Capital

Avi Yaron, founder and CEO Visionsense and now Joy Ventures has gone through three brain surgeries, leading to his invention of a new kind of surgical camera (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images Israel)

Beyond brain surgery: Israel’s newest VC JOY Ventures raises $50 million fund for ‘neuro-wellness’ startups

Startups developing neurotechnology linked to preventative medicine and better living will be the main focus of the company
Feb 07, 2017
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. CC BY-SA 3.0

What to expect from the $100 billion Saudi-SoftBank partnership

We take a closer look at what SoftBank's new Saudi partner brings to the table
Oct 30, 2016

a16z’s Jeff Jordan: Why startups should stop selling out before IPO

“Now it’s been fashionable not to go public and companies are trying to stay private for much longer . . . the reality is the best tech companies – the ones [Read More...]
Sep 07, 2016
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Wearables

Japan’s wearable smart toy startup Moff raises $1.3M to expand to new markets

This smart bracelet which turns everything you touch into a toy has raised $1.3 million in funding.
Sep 07, 2015

Will.i.use it? Comparing the Sony SmartWatch 3 to i.amPULS

After speaking with Sony's smart technology team in Japan and trying out these two smartwatches, I predict whether or not either will take off
Feb 18, 2015

Smart toys: The Moff and Myo both give your arm superpowers

Two new armbands sense motion to allow you to use to arm as a controller for playing games and using computers
Mar 29, 2014

Women in tech

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. CC BY-SA 3.0

What to expect from the $100 billion Saudi-SoftBank partnership

We take a closer look at what SoftBank's new Saudi partner brings to the table
Oct 30, 2016
Chika Tsunoda, Founder and CEO of freelance work platform Anytimes, photographed in the middle with "samurais" after winning the Start Tel Aviv competition at Samurai Island Expo in Tokyo. Photo credit: Laura Rosbrow-Telem / Geektime

The surprising truth I found out about women entrepreneurs in Japan

This reporter's notions about female founders in Japan and Israel completely changed after giving a talk about Israeli women in tech for a Japanese audience
Aug 31, 2016
CEO of Ale Lena Okajima.

Forget fireworks. Here comes Uber for shooting stars

Now this is an "only in Japan" kind of technology
Jul 31, 2016

Design

Credit: MoMA by Shigetaka Kurita/NTT DOCOMO

MoMA acquires the 12×12 pixels that changed mobile communication

The original emojis join other internet design elements like the @ symbol
Nov 01, 2016

IT

Japanese freee comes with an $8M price tag for new investors DCM and IVP

The SaaS accounting startup is counting on their new investment to dominate Japan’s SMB support service ecosystem
Apr 23, 2014

Policy

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: President-elect Donald Trump pauses with Masayoshi Son, the chief executive of SoftBank, at Trump Tower on December 6, 2016 in New York City. Trump announced that SoftBank has agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs. Photo credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Israel

Under Trump, SoftBank will invest half of its $100 billion Vision Fund in the US

President-elect Donald Trump announced the deal after meeting with SoftBank's CEO, and Foxconn is also mulling new US investments
Dec 07, 2016

Science

Avi Yaron, founder and CEO Visionsense and now Joy Ventures has gone through three brain surgeries, leading to his invention of a new kind of surgical camera (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images Israel)

Beyond brain surgery: Israel’s newest VC JOY Ventures raises $50 million fund for ‘neuro-wellness’ startups

Startups developing neurotechnology linked to preventative medicine and better living will be the main focus of the company
Feb 07, 2017