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Takeshi Hirano

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Takeshi is a Japanese tech blogger and a co-founder of The Bridge, and is also the CEO for bootupAsia, Inc. He started his career as a web designer.

Japan’s One Visa helps companies better manage visa applications of foreign workers

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Residence recently unveiled the open beta version of One Visa, the online visa applications management platform. It allows...

Smart stethoscope startup AMI wins KDDI’s Mugen Labo accelerator 11th Demo Day

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese leading telco KDDI (TSE:9433) held a Demo Day for its incubation program KDDI Mugendai Labo last week. Among...

Meet 8 startups on inbound travel from IBM BlueHub program’s latest batch in Tokyo

See the original story in Japanese. IBM Japan held the Demo Day event for their BlueHub open innovation program last week. The latest batch features...

Japan’s Candee acquires video production company to develop livestreaming platform

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Candee, running an overall mobile video-related media business, announced last week that it has acquired a full stake...

Japan’s SmartDrive, car telematics startup, nabs $9M series B to ramp up big data...

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Smart Drive, offering the DriveOps vehicle management platform utilizing big data, announced last week that it has fundraised...

Japan’s Seak gets $2.7M series A, turning more people into farmers with all-in-one platform

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Seak, the Japanese startup behind the Leap farming support platform, announced this week that they have received funding...

Japan’s wearable smart toy Moff gets $2.7M to make entry into healthcare business

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Moff, developing wearable sensor devices / services, last week announced that it has succeeded in fundraising in order...

Japan’s Dely secures $27M to beat Cookpad for online recipe market dominance

This is the abridged version from our original article in Japanese. As reported earlier this morning, Tokyo-based Dely, the Japanese video-centric culinary media startup offering...

Japan’s Leomo unveils motion analysis wearable technology for cycling athletes

See the original story in Japanese. “Raise your foot up a bit more, good, keep it up” – some of you who ever had played...

Japan’s Vinclu, holographic virtual assistant developer, acquired by Line

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Vinclu, the Japanese startup developing a holographic virtual assistant called Gatebox, has announced that it will start co-developing...