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DeNA and Docomo joint venture empowers amateur comic and novel creators

Everystar is a joint venture between DeNA and NTT Docomo that allows people to publish and distribute their own comics and novels for consumption...

Asia-focused mobile rewards startup Yoyo Holdings fundraises from KLab, Gree Ventures

See the original story in Japanese. Yoyo Holdings, the startup known for providing mobile rewards platforms, announced today that it has secured funding from KLab Global, Gree...

Mobile Gaming: Is it Gotcha time for Gacha?

This guest post is authored by Mark Bivens. Mark is a Silicon Valley native and former entrepreneur, having started three companies before “turning to...

Japan’s Leading Mark raises $1.4 million, launches mobile app for job-seeking fresh grads

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Leading Mark, the company behind an online platform that aims to create a more efficient recruitment process, announced...

Japanese mobile game developer Akatsuki files for IPO

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Akatsuki, the mobile developer behind game titles like Cinderella Nine and Thousand Memories, announced that its IPO application...
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Geolocation conquest games still a popular genre in Japan

In Japan, geolocation mobile games have always been popular, going back to the days when featured phones ruled. One of the most successful is...

Japan’s Fringe81 secures $3.5M, strengthening ad server solutions for mobile media sites

Tokyo-based ad tech startup Fringe81 announced on Friday that it has fundraised 420 million yen (about $3.53 million) from iStyle Capital, NTT Docomo Ventures,...

Japan’s mobile analytics startup Fuller gains $4 million to fuel global expansion

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. Fuller, a Japanese startup focused...

Japan’s mobile commerce revenue optimization platform Flipdesk secures seed funding

This is the abridged version of our original article in Japanese. Tokyo-based Socket, the company behind mobile commerce revenue optimization platform Flipdesk, announced today that...

Monomy: Japanese mobile app that lets you create accessories of your own design

See the original story in Japanese. Monomy is an iOS app that offers an online marketplace for creatives, allowing people to make accessories they like...