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Japan’s Recruit shows off virtual reality startups from its Tech Lab Paak accelerator

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Recruit Holdings (TSE:6098) held last month a Demo Day for the 6th batch of its startup accelerator Tech...

Japan’s microbiome startup Cykinso gets $2.3M to launch gut health advice service

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cykinso, who develop and sell “Mykinso” or a test kit for intestinal flora, revealed that it has secured...

“Health, Wealth and Fame”… Nevertheless, You Need Health to Begin with!

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. As my late granny, a...

Japan’s PLENGoer Robotics unveils palm-sized cubic assistant robot at CES 2017

See the original story in Japanese. Osaka-based robotics startup PLEN Project established a joint venture named PLENGoer Robotics with Chinese home appliance manufacturer Goertek (SHE:002241) back...

Forecasts for 2017 from Five Insightful 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...

Gatebox, holographic virtual assistant, launches pre-orders for geeks in Japan, US

See the original story in Japanese. A holographic virtual assistant created in Japan has been unveiled. It's called Gatebox, displaying 2D characters in hologram image...

From Monozukuri Hub Meetup: The Power of Storytelling

This is a guest post by Joey Ho Nihei, a volunteer supporter for Kyoto-based hardware startup accelerator Makers Boot Camp as well as a...

Japan’s language learning startup Polyglots secures series A funding from US investors

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Polyglots has been developing a English-language learning app for Japanese under the same name as well as Mondo,...

Kyoto’s Makers Boot Camp partners with La French Tech to help more IoT startups...

This is a guest post by Sabrina Sasaki, a marketing representative of Kyoto-based hardware startup accelerator Makers Boot Camp. The accelerator holds the Monozukuri...

Japan’s Kyash secures $8.5 million series A round for Visa-enabled P2P payments app

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Kyash, the startup focused on offering remittance and payments systems, announced on Wednesday that it has fundraised...