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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.

Japanese fashion commerce giant Zozotown acquires fashion coordination startup Vasilly

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Vasily, which runs online fashion coordination service iQON, announced on Thursday that it has been acquired by...

Japan’s LaFabric, shirt and suit tailor startup, gets $6.6M to enrich original product lineup

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Lifestyle Design, running the LaFabric online store focused on made-to-measure shirts and custom business suits for men, announced...

Japan’s Crevo raises $2.8M, aiming to help crowdsourced animators work smarter

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Crevo, the Japanese startup offering crowdsurced animation production platform, announced on Thursday that it has secured 310 million...

Japan’s Tech Bureau raises $14.7M to boost blockchain apps, cryptocurrency exchange

See the original story in Japanese. Tech Bureau, the Japanese startup offering cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, announced today that it has fundraissed 1.6 billion yen...

WAmazing, offering free SIM cards for foreign visitors to Japan, secures $9.2 million

This is the abridged version from our original article in Japanese. Tokyo-based WAmazing, the Japanese startup offering free SIM cards and tourism services to foreign...

Japan’s Anri launches $56M third fund

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Anri, the startup-focused investment fund lead by Anri Samata, revealed on Thursday that it has formed Anri Investment...

Sapeet brings avatar-based 3D try-on tool using only web browser for online shoppers

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Sapeet, the Japanese fashion-tech startup spun of from the University of Tokyo, recently announced the launch of an...

Wantedly, Japan’s social recruiting startup, files for IPO

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Wantedly, Japan's social recruiting startup, announced today that its IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) has...

Deep learning startup Preferred Networks raises $95M from Toyota for self-driving tech

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Preferred Networks (PFN), the Japanese startup offering deep learning technologies for Internet of Things (IoT), announced today that...

Japanese marketplace app Mercari launches own fund to invest in C2C startups

See the original story in Japanese. In January of 2016 Japanese C2C (consumer-to-consumer) marketplace app Mericari announced a 450 million yen (about $4.1M US dollars)...