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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.

How a Japanese hardware startup lets your phone and home appliances talk to each...

On the way back home from a day at work, it would be great if you could turn on your air-conditioner to make your...

15 Japanese startups pitch to compete in upcoming San Francisco event

San Francisco-based digital marketing agency Btrax has been holding its SF Japan Night pitch event for several years now, giving Japanese startups a chance...

Japanese food delivery site ‘Oisix’ is approved for IPO

Oisix, an online home delivery service for organic vegetables and preservative-free foods in Japan, was approved to be listed on the TSE Mothers market,...

Japanese social games developer Alt Plus set to IPO in March

Tokyo-based social games developer Alt Plus was approved on Wednesday to be listed on the Mothers market, a stock exchange for emerging companies. The...

NHN Japan to subsidize Line app business, hopes to intensify international push

Japanese several news resources report today that NHN Japan, most known for its wildly popular Line messaging app, is considering splitting the company into...
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News curation app Gunosy raises $342,000 from angel investors

Gunosy, a Tokyo-based startup which runs a news curation service, announced today it has raised 31.6 million yen (approximately $342,000) by allocating new shares...

Yahoo Japan Takes 10% Stake of Wedding Site

Nikkei Business Online is reporting that Yahoo Japan (TYO:4689) has taken more than a 10% stake of wedding-related, buzz marketing site Minnano Wedding. The...

Rakuten to take 32.5% stake of fashion commerce site Stylife for $5.37M

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten (JSD:4755) announced today it would acquire Stylife (JDS:3037), one of Japan's largest fashion e-commerce sites. Stylife is currently listed on...

The Japanese iPhone app that’s taking out trash one photo at a time

Pirika is a smartphone app that encourages you to clean up your environment. The concept involves sharing a picture of what you cleaned up,...

Meet 5 new mobile startups from KDDI’s tech accelerator

KDDI Mugen Labo, a startup incubator run by Japan’s second largest telco, recently held a conference called “4th Meeting” where we heard from five...