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Japanese government unveils action plan to create more global startups, unicorns

See the original story in Japanese. The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced last week that it has launched the startup support...

Japan’s Crooz launches VC arm, appoints 25-year-old up-and-coming investor as head

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Crooz (TSE:2138), the Japanese company operating online fashion e-commerce site Shoplist and other internet services, announced earlier this...

Japanese mobile tutor app Manabo acquired by prep school major Sundai Group

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Manabo, providing the mobile tutor app under the same name, announced on Wednesday that it has been acquired...

Transform Africa Summit: How Japan can get involved in Rwandan startup ecosystem

See the original story in Japanese. This article is a part of series of covering Transform Africa Summit 2018 Transform Africa Summit (TAS) 2018 was held...

Loopin’ for more — Upon attending “Startup Mantra” recitals in Tokyo

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. Startups, Startups Everywhere Tokyo I daresay...

Coworking space WeWork makes headway in Japan, uses government-related activities

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. WeWork, the New York-born coworking...

Japan’s Gumi forms $30M crypto fund, unveils investments in 5 blockchain startups

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese gaming company Gumi recently announced on Thursday the establishment of the Gumi Cryptos fund for investment in cryptocurrency...

Robotics process automation startup Cinnamon secures $8.3M in series B round

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese startup Cinnamon, developing a document reading engine for “white collar” businesses, announced today that it has secured 800...

Japan’s parking lot sharing platform Akippa raises $7.4M, unveils IoT gate control system

See the original story in Japanese. Akippa, which provides a peer-to-peer sharing and reservation service for car parking, announced that it has successfully raised funds...

Young Japanese investor launches $4.5M seed fund for startups in Sub-Saharan Africa

See the original story in Japanese. Similar to Singapore that has won a place as a startup hub in the entire Southeast Asian region, we...