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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.

Animation effects startup Cybernoids raises $557K for global expansion

Cybernoids, a Tokyo-based startup developing two-dimensional animation technology, announced on Monday it has raised 52.4 million yen (approximately $557,000) from Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, Seibu...

Japanese auction price comparison site Aucfan approved for IPO in April

Aucfan, a Tokyo-based startup featuring price comparisons and quotes for items from several auction sites, was approved to IPO on Friday and is expected...

Japan’s Softbank Mobile to acquire majority shares of game developer Gungho Online Entertainment

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank Mobile announced today it would tender an offer of social gaming giant Gungho Online Entertainment. Softbank (TSE:9984) was founded by...

5 more fun startups from Japan’s KDDI Mugen Labo

KDDI Mugen Labo, the tech startup incubator from Japan's second largest telco, recently unveiled five startups which qualified to participate in the fourth batch...

So you’re the new Japanese prime minister, eh? There’s an app for that!

On Friday the Japanese prime minister's office unveiled smartphone apps for Android and iOS, with aim of giving the country's leader more reach to...

14 standout financial solution startups from Japan

These days in Japan, there are a bunch of startups providing accounting or financial solutions, both for personal and business use. Let’s take a...

Japanese fashion e-commerce service Laso raises $2.1M from DCM

Laso, a Tokyo-based fashion e-commerce retailer specializing in high-end clothes and outfits from around the world, has announced it has fundraised 200 million yen...

How a Japanese stealth startup plans to push small business accounting to the cloud

Tokyo-based startup CFO K.K. today unveiled a cloud-based accounting solution called Freee, a service that aims to set SME owners free from routine accounting....

A brainwave music player so nice, Japan made it twice

During the past week, a Japanese startup and a Japanese university both brought us innovative music players that allow us to choose songs without...

Japan’s language learning site Best Teacher raises $530,000 from GMO-VP and SMBC-VC

Best Teacher, a Tokyo-based startup providing online language learning solutions, announced today it has raised 51.1 million yen (approximately $530,000) from GMO Venture Partners...

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