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Tomaruba wants to attract foreign visitors by IoT-powered traditional Japanese houses

See the original story in Japanese. Kyoto-based Tomaruba, the Japanese startup running vacation rentals businesses focused on traditional Japanese houses, announced today that it has...

Japan’s Hikakaku, purchase price comparison site for used items, raises $3.8M

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Jiraffe, operating the “Hikakaku!” purchase price comparison website for used items, on Thursday announced it had raised 400...

Japan’s Kitchhike, Airbnb for home-cooked meals, gets $1.8M from Mistletoe, Mercari, others

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Kitchhike announced on Tuesday that it has raised a total of 200 million yen (about $1.8 million US)...

Japan’s Vook, knowledge base and portfolio showcase for videographers, raises $875K

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Adoir, the Japanese startup running online platforms for videographers called Vook, announced on Monday that it has secured...

Japan’s Agrimedia secures $2.2M to help more people get involved in agriculture

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Agrimedia announced in late October that it has fundraised 250 million yen (about $2.2 million US) from...

India’s solar irrigation startup Claro Energy places first in AEA competition finals

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. All the pictures used...

Japan’s online coding school startup Progate launches English beta for global 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 launched...

Yoyo Wallet eyeing now-smartphone-savvy Japan market

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. Yoyo Wallet, Europe's fastest-growing mobile...

“Gift Show Life x Design” exhibition in Tokyo underscores startup role in IoT sector

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. The Gift Show's Life x...

Singapore’s micro-survey startup Happi now going global

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. Singapore-based micro-survey firm Happi is...