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As 2-year anniversary approaches, Great East Japan Earthquake Archive goes online

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the National Diet Library have finally launched an online archive of photos, videos, and other infomation...

Tokyo-based advertising startup FreakOut raises $5.3M from Yahoo Japan

FreakOut is a Tokyo-based startup developing a smartphone advertising platform for real-time bidding (RTB). Today it announced that it has raised 500 million yen...
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Monetizing Android ads for Asia (and soon the world) Metaps raises $11M in series...

Read the Japanese version of this report Japanese app monetization platform Metaps has announced today that it has raised 1 billion yen (or about $11...

Japan’s PanoPlaza helps retail management visit franchise stores virtually

Japan’s Kadinche Corp is announcing today that well-known Japanese discount chain Don Quijote will be using their PanoPlaza service (a 360-degree panoramic virtual shop)...

In Japan, new iPhone apps help you remember the deceased

How do you pay your respects to a loved one who has recently passed away? You might go to a nearby church, or...
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Apple announces paid content for iBookstore in Japan

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has released an update to its iBooks application, which finally introduces paid content for users in Japan from the iBookstore. The update...
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Japan’s ringtone publisher Dwango partners with pair of media giants

The group has announced that UK-based play performance group Whole Hog Theatre will conduct a Japan tour of Princess Mononoke in April and...

Incubate Fund forms new $21.4M fund, plans to invest in 100 startups in 3...

Tokyo-based VC Incubate Fund recently announced that it had established a new 2 billion yen fund (about $21.4 million), with the aim of investing...
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Japan’s DeployGate aspires to be a standard tool for Android development

Japanese social network Mixi (TYO:2121) doesn’t often do business beyond its home market, so I was pretty intrigued recently to get a preview of...
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Japan tech this week: Startups pitching, Gungho winning, Facebook liked

We’ve had another fun week here at SD, doing our best to bring you interesting tech stories going down in Japan. But in case...