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Sumitomo Mitsui launches open innovation space in Tokyo’s most vibrant startup hub

See the original story in Japanese. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG, TSE:8316) earlier this month launched their first open-innovation base named Hoops Link Tokyo in...

Maipple ties up with Tokyo model agency, launches influencer matching platform for Asia

See the original story in Japanese. Maipple, the Japanese startup developing and offering a fashion marketplace app for Taiwanese consumers under the same name, announced...

Japan’s Tech Bureau raises $14.7M to boost blockchain apps, cryptocurrency exchange

See the original story in Japanese. Tech Bureau, the Japanese startup offering cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, announced today that it has fundraissed 1.6 billion yen...

WAmazing, offering free SIM cards for foreign visitors to Japan, secures $9.2 million

This is the abridged version from our original article in Japanese. Tokyo-based WAmazing, the Japanese startup offering free SIM cards and tourism services to foreign...

Japan’s Autok, AI chatbot assistant that schedules your meetings, raises seed round

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Regulus Technologies, providing a AI-powered personal assistant chatbot named Autok and Autok Biz capable of schedule arrangement for...

Japan’s Anri launches $56M third fund

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Anri, the startup-focused investment fund lead by Anri Samata, revealed on Thursday that it has formed Anri Investment...

Bangkok-based Flare pays drivers in the heavy traffic city to wrap their car in...

See the original story in Japanese. In Bangkok, Thailand, there is a community made up of Japanese serial entrepreneurs. While being enthusiastic about their own...

Sapeet brings avatar-based 3D try-on tool using only web browser for online shoppers

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Sapeet, the Japanese fashion-tech startup spun of from the University of Tokyo, recently announced the launch of an...

Japanese startup snags $1.7M to develop drones for underwater maintenance work

See the original story in Japanese. Ambient Intelligence Technology, a Japanese startup developing and manufacturing underwater drones, announced on Monday that it has fundraised 190...

Japan’s Awakens gets seed funding to allow users to manage entire genome in the...

See the original story in Japanese. Silicon Valley-based Awakens, the startup run by Japanese founders developing services and research platforms leveraging full genome data, announced...