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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 e-commerce platform Base raises $13M, launches payments service subsidiary

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Base, the e-commerce platform provider dubbed Japan’s answer to Shopify, announced on Thursday that it has fundraised 1.5...

Accounting SaaS provider Money Forward foraying into blockchain and crypto business

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Money Forward (TSE:3994), the Japanese company providing SaaS (software as a service)-based accounting solutions, announced last week that...

Japanese startup unveils AI-powered rule sets solution to secure AWS-hosted websites

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cyber Security Cloud, the Japanese startup behind a cloud-based web application firewall (WAF) called Kogeki Shadan-kun, unveiled a...

Japan’s Cognitee raises $1.3M to help firms analyze and visualize employees sales pitch

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cognitee announced last week that it had raised 150 million yen (about $1.3 million) in its pre-series B...

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...

Japan’s Global Brain establishing fund to invest in blockchain tech, jointly with Omise

See the original story in Japanese. This article is part of the coverage of Global Brain Alliance Forum 2017 held in Tokyo Tokyo-based VC firm Global...

Medical simulator robot Mikoto wins Health 2.0 Asia-Japan 2017 pitch competition

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based MedPeer, the Japanese startup offering collective intelligence service and community site for medical doctors under the same name,...

Tokyo VR Startups showcases 7 teams from 3rd incubation batch, announces rebranding

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo VR Startups, the startup incubator focusing on VR (Virtual Reality) that is organized by Japanese mobile game developer...

ispace raises $89.5M to boost moon landing effort, breaks Japan record for series A...

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based ispace, the Japanese startup behind the Hakuto team which is currently taking part in the Google-sponsored Lunar Xprize...