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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 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...

HRBrain, Japan’s answer to BetterWorks, gets seed round for business goals platform

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Mosquitone, providinga cloud-based personnel assessment and target management platform called HRBrain, announced on Wednesday that the securement of...

Japanese crowdfunding site Campfire secures $3M to launch social lending service

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Campfire, the Japanese crowdfunding site which was recently reported to expand into the social lending space, officially announced...

Gatebox, holographic virtual assistant, launches pre-orders for geeks in Japan, US

See the original story in Japanese. A holographic virtual assistant created in Japan has been unveiled. It's called Gatebox, displaying 2D characters in hologram image...