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Linc raises $937K to help foreign students to Japan find education and employment

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Linc, offering education and employment support services for foreign students to Japan, announced on Wednesday that it had...

Mobile payments startup Coiney and e-shop builder Stores.jp merged to share client base

See the original story in Japanese. Mobile payments startup Coiney and online shop builder Stores.jp -- both of Japan -- announced on Wednesday that the...

Spiral Ventures Japan closes oversubscribed 1st fund with $64M in partner commitments

See the original story in Japanese. Spiral Ventures Japan announced the final closing of Spiral Ventures Japan Fund 1 with 7 billion yen (about $64...

Japan’s Amegumi raises $183K to develop budget smartphone with minimal functions

See the original story in Japanese. Tokushima, Japan-based Amegumi announced on Wednesday that it has fundraised a total of 20 million yen (about $183K US)...

Japan’s Boostnote secures funding to boost global expansion of GitHub alternative

This guest post is authored by Masanori Hashimoto, co-founder and CEO of Nulab, the Fukuoka-based startup behind SaaS (software as a service) platforms like...

Japan’s Jiraffe launches “honesty” app Peing – QuestionBox for global audience

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Jiraffe announced today that it had launched a so-called “honesty” app for 40 English-speaking markets. The app, dubbed...

Japanese hottest unicorn Mercari expands AI research with Sharp and academia leaders

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Mercari, providing the peer-to-peer marketplace app under the same name, announced in December that it has established Mercari...

Japanese video recipe media Delish Kitchen secures $18M to win fierce competition

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Every, the Japanese startup behind online recipe video media Delish Kitchen, announced on Thursday that it has raised...

Japan’s Qiita, Q&A site for programmers, acquired by gaming giant Ateam for $13M

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese social gaming giant Ateam (TSE:3662) announced today that it has acquired the entire stake in Tokyo-based Increments, the...

2018 predictions from insightful international investors

This guest post is authored by Mark Bivens. Mark is a Silicon Valley native and former entrepreneur, having started three companies before “turning to...