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Puzzle & Dragons still killing it, tops 13 million downloads

Japan’s hit mobile game Puzzle & Dragons has surpassed the 13 million downloads milestone as of yesterday, just 19 days after it passed the...

‘Kame Camera’ takes Japanese schoolgirl Dragon Ball meme a step further

About a month ago, an internet meme called Makankosappo (literally translated as “Magic Penetrating Killing Ray”) spread around the world pretty fast. It all...

Relux: A satisfaction-guaranteed online marketplace for Japanese inns

Many Japanese traditional-style inns, or ‘ryokan’, are known for their fine hospitality. And with the goal of helping you find the best ones, Relux,...
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Line tries to hook kids early, launching toy smartphone with Takaratomy

Last week we had a chance to hear Line Corporation’s Akira Morikawa talk about his company’s fast and furious global strategy to promote their...
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Japan tech this week: Origami, funding, and fun in Fukuoka

It was a pretty busy week for us here at SD Japan. In addition to all the regular news that we typically cover, we...

Moneytree gives Japanese consumers smarter access to their finances

See the original story in Japanese. Our readers may recall when we recently featured Japanese personal finance app Zaim. It finally has OCR functionality which...

Osaka City Government establishes incubator and fund for local entrepreneurs

On Friday the Osaka City Government launched a startup incubation facility located just in front of the city's largest railway terminal. The Osaka Innovation...

Learning from recent trends in the Asian startup space [Echelon Japan 2013 panel]

See also the original story in Japanese. At e27’s Echelon satellite event in Tokyo today,We had a chance to hear a panel discussion with co-founders of emerging...

Tokyo City Symphony: Fun 3D projection mapping marks Roppongi Hills’ 10th anniversary

Besides being one of the central hubs in the city of Tokyo, the Roppongi area is also a place that many startups call home....

Japanese online content marketplace raises $3 million from Jafco and Femto Growth Capital

See also the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Piece of Cake, the company behind online article/content marketplace called Cakes, announced today that it has...