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Old meets new as Puzzle & Dragons collaboration adds Space Invaders characters

Last month we told you about GungHo Entertainment’s successful collaboration with Finnish game developer Supercell, an effort to cross-promote their respective games, Puzzle &...
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Japanese legal portal Bengo4.com raises $208,000 from Kakaku.com

Japan's legal consultation portal site Bengo4.com, owned by Tokyo-based law office Authense, announced on Monday that it has raised about 20 million yen (approximately $208,000)...
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Downloaded by half of Japan’s iPhone girls, Papelook attracts more investment

Two Japanese mobile trends that we have been following closely over the past few months are high-quality Japanese photo apps, and the evolution of...

Shopping points service Smapo joins forces with Rakuten

Back in Feburary, we wrote about Smapo, the Japanese equivalent of Shopkick. Today, the company announced that it has joined Rakuten group, giving it...
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Star Festival raises $10M to expand innovative bento box business

See the original story in Japanese. Star Festival, the Japanese startup behind Bento box delivery and catering service, Gochikuru.com, announced today it has raised 1...

Forget food photos. Japan’s ‘Instapaper for Interiors’ raises $1M

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Tunnel is the startup behind RoomClip, a photo sharing service that lets you show off your room. The...

Home design marketplace Suvaco raises $1.2 million

Tokyo-based Suvaco, a home design marketplace startup, announced yesterday that it has raised $120 million yen (or about $1.18 million) from Fuji Startup Ventures...
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Cena, Japan’s answer to OpenTable, hits half a million reservations

Japanese restaurant reservation website Cena (think Japan’s answer to OpenTable) has surpassed 500,000 total online reservations as of April 2nd. The service initially began...

LINE reports solid Q2 earnings, aims for 300M users by year’s end

See also our Japanese report on Line's Q2 earnings Line Corporation has announced its second quarter earnings for 2013, highlighted by revenue of 12.8 billion...
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Tokyo Otaku Mode announces syndication deal with 13 news sites

Tokyo-based startup Tokyo Otaku Mode, which curates and shares content and news about Japanese anime and manga culture, recently announced a syndication deal with...