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Activ8 raises $5.4M from Gumi, Makers Fund; expands ‘Virtual YouTuber’ business

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Activ8 (pronounced 'activate'), the Japanese startup behind the Upd8 (pronounced 'update') 'Virtual YouTuber' supporting project, announced on Tuesday...

Japan’s Leapfrog Ventures invests in Kenya-based sales bot and SaaS startup Biashara

See the original story in Japanese. Three months have passed since we first covered Leapfrog Ventures which started invested in the Sub-Saharan African market, but...

Japan’s influencer marketing startup BitStar secures $12M series C led by Global Brain

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based BitStar, develoing the BitStar influencer support platform and the E-DGE YouTuber production, announced on Monday that it has...

Japan’s Metro Engines raises $6.3M, offers hotels with AI-powered pricing optimization

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Metro Engines, the Japanese startup offering Dynamic Pricing functions for hotels leveraging Deep Learning-powered demand forecast, announced today...

Ex-Tech in Asia editor launches his startup, aims to attract more people with craft...

See the original story in Japanese. Entrepreneurs are often eccentric, and that may be a kind of honorable title worthy of praise but there must...

Drone Fund announces $27M second fund; Japan soccer star Honda joins as investor

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Drone Fund, the fund led by the Japanese angel investor Kotaro Chiba focusing on investment into drone startups, last...

Meet six teams from Mitsubishi UFJ’s 3rd acceleration batch in Tokyo

See the original story in Japanese. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), a bank holding company with its core commercial banking subsidiary The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi...

SynchroLife, blockchain-based restaurant discovery app from Japan, raises $720K

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Ginkan, developing and offering an AI-powered social restaurant discovery app called SynchroLife, announced on Friday that it has...

Leapfrog Ventures makes first investment in Africa, backs regional FinTech startup Exuus

See the original story in Japanese. Our readers may recall that we have covered Takuma Terakubo, formerly working for Tokyo-based startup incubator Samurai Incubate, has...

Japan’s Spectee, news video aggregator for press, ready for North America expansion

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. Spectee, at an OrangeFab meetup...

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