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Masaru Ikeda

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Masaru started his career as a programmer/engineer, and previously co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms. He’s been traveling around Silicon Valley and Asia exploring the IT industry, and he also curates event updates for the Tokyo edition of Startup Digest.

Japanese startup wants to add smells to VR experiences with small bar device

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Vaqso unveiled their device Vaqso VR, which adds a sense of smell to VR games, etc., when...

Too early for check-in? No worry, Tokyo cafes offering ‘Airbnb of baggage storage’

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Ecbo launched their on-demand Ecbo Cloak service on Wednesday, aimed at travelers looking to find temporary storage...

Japan’s Mobingi secures $2.2 million to put forth cloud DevOps automation platform

Japan’s cloud automation startup Mobingi announced today that it has secured 250 million yen (about $2.2 million) in its series A round from Draper...

Japan’s Studio Ousia unveils bot solution leveraging Quiz Bowl-winning technologies

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Studio Ousia revealed last week that it had completed an AI (artificial intelligence) inquiry response system using deep...

Japan’s Recruit shows off virtual reality startups from its Tech Lab Paak accelerator

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Recruit Holdings (TSE:6098) held last month a Demo Day for the 6th batch of its startup accelerator Tech...

Japan’s microbiome startup Cykinso gets $2.3M to launch gut health advice service

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cykinso, who develop and sell “Mykinso” or a test kit for intestinal flora, revealed that it has secured...

Japan’s PLENGoer Robotics unveils palm-sized cubic assistant robot at CES 2017

See the original story in Japanese. Osaka-based robotics startup PLEN Project established a joint venture named PLENGoer Robotics with Chinese home appliance manufacturer Goertek (SHE:002241) back...

Japan’s language learning startup Polyglots secures series A funding from US investors

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Polyglots has been developing a English-language learning app for Japanese under the same name as well as Mondo,...

Japan’s Kyash secures $8.5 million series A round for Visa-enabled P2P payments app

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Kyash, the startup focused on offering remittance and payments systems, announced on Wednesday that it has fundraised...

NYC-based smart driving app Dash wins Innovation Weekend Grand Finale 2016 in Tokyo

See the original story in Japanese. Innovation Weekend is a showcase event organized by Tokyo-based startup incubator SunBridge Global Ventures. Continuing this year, qualifying rounds...