Business

Business
nohana-wide

Mixi spins off popular photobook printing service as wholly-owned subsidiary

One of my favorite made-in-Japan mobile applications is Mixi’s Nohana photobook printing service. Of course, being a new dad I’m somewhat biased towards applications...

Japanese business card app ‘Eight’ surpasses 200,000 users

See the original story in Japanese. The most popular professional social network in the world is most likely LinkedIn. It came to the Japanese market...
papelook

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...

Japanese flea market app Mercari raises $500,000 from East Ventures

See the original story in Japanese. Mercari, a flea market app launched by Japanese serial entrepreneur Shintaro Yamada, has been showing good numbers of late....

Japan’s Mobcast partners with 13 content providers, wants to dominate sports gaming on mobile

See also the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based games company Mobcast announced on Monday that it has launched a sport-focused social gaming platform. The company...
bengo4

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)...
spark-profit

Spark Profit: Fantasy trading game promises rewards with no risk

A few days ago we told you about Hong Kong-based online brokerage service 8 Securities which just recently made moves to expand its business...

Ietty fundraises $500,000, aiming to disrupt Japanese home rental industry

Based on our original story in Japanese. Ietty is a Japanese startup that provides an alternative to conventional househunting. The startup announced yesterday it has...

Apple’s revenue growth in Japan driven by iPhone sales

Apple's Q2 2014 earnings are out, with the company reporting 26% revenue growth in Japan. It is very true that looking at Apple’s year-on-year...
gumroad

San Francisco’s Gumroad doubles down on its Japanese sellers

San Francisco-based startup Gumroad launched their platform for selling digital goods back in February of 2012. It enables various kinds of artists (such as...