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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 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...

Japan’s online coding school startup Progate nabs $880K for Asian expansion

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Progate, offering an online code learning service under the same name, announced on Monday that it has secured...

Japanese mobile payments startup Coiney raises $7.1 million

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Coiney, the Japanese mobile payments startup, announced today that it has completed a 800 million yen funding as...

Japan’s Folio secures $16 million to help non-savvy investors better trade stocks

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Folio is currently developing an online asset management platform under the same name leveraging theme-based stock investment...

Japan’s LaFabric, e-tailor for made-to-measure shirts and custom suits, gets $3.5M

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, based on pre-obtained...

This startup offers free SIM cards at airport to help foreign visitors get around...

See the original story in Japanese. I can safely introduce this startup as the favorite among domestic companies focusing on inbound business opportunities. Tokyo-based startup WAmazing...

Japan’s Exiii unveils prototype of haptic VR device

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese device startup Exiii, well known for its open-source electric-powered prosthetic hands HACKberry, produced using a 3D printer, this...

Japan’s video production startup Viibar finds $3.5M in funding, partners with Nikkei

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Viibar, the startup specializing in all things video productions, announced on Tuesday that it has it has secured...