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Softbank Capital’s $250 million fund to help early stage companies break into Japan, Asia

Late last night Softbank Capital announced a new $250 million investment fund which will aspire to help early stage companies looking to break into...

Japanese food delivery site ‘Oisix’ is approved for IPO

Oisix, an online home delivery service for organic vegetables and preservative-free foods in Japan, was approved to be listed on the TSE Mothers market,...

NTT Docomo launches startup incubation program, partners with 500Startups and B Dash Ventures

See original story in Japanese Japan's largest mobile telco NTT Docomo (NYSE:DCM) today announced its new incubation program called 'Docomo Innovation Village' (first alluded to back...

Japanese social games developer Alt Plus set to IPO in March

Tokyo-based social games developer Alt Plus was approved on Wednesday to be listed on the Mothers market, a stock exchange for emerging companies. The...

NHN Japan to subsidize Line app business, hopes to intensify international push

Japanese several news resources report today that NHN Japan, most known for its wildly popular Line messaging app, is considering splitting the company into...
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With new investment fund, GREE hopes to secure top developers

Gaming giant GREE (TYO:3632) has just announced a new $10 million fund targeting high quality game developers. As many of you may know, the...
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News curation app Gunosy raises $342,000 from angel investors

Gunosy, a Tokyo-based startup which runs a news curation service, announced today it has raised 31.6 million yen (approximately $342,000) by allocating new shares...

Yahoo Japan Takes 10% Stake of Wedding Site

Nikkei Business Online is reporting that Yahoo Japan (TYO:4689) has taken more than a 10% stake of wedding-related, buzz marketing site Minnano Wedding. The...

Rakuten to take 32.5% stake of fashion commerce site Stylife for $5.37M

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten (JSD:4755) announced today it would acquire Stylife (JDS:3037), one of Japan's largest fashion e-commerce sites. Stylife is currently listed on...

Japanese fashion coordination site iQON raises $3.2M, will boost marketing efforts

See original story in Japanese Vasily, a Tokyo-based startup which runs online fashion coordination service iQON, announced today that it has fundraised a total...