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Japan’s members-only discount site LUXA raises $5.32M

Tokyo-based e-commerce website LUXA has announced today that it has raised 500 million yen in series B funding from the JAFCO Super V3 Fund....
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With 4 million downloads for iPhone, popular Japanese collage app hits Android [Video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pPNd-aSUJg&w=560&h=315] Japanese photo application Papelook has just announced that it has surpassed 4 million downloads on iOS. The application, which very much falls in...

Fabless printing startup Raksul partners with Stores.jp, fulfills printing needs for e-store owners

See the original story in Japanese. Raksul, a Tokyo-based startup providing online printing services, announced today it has partnered with Stores.jp, the e-commerce platform that...

Tomy’s dog-to-human communication toy introduces tots to mobile translation

For Japanese parents looking for a toy for their baby girl’s next birthday, Tomy’s Ketai Wanko (roughly translated as “mobile dog”) might be a...
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Alpaca bashing game inexplicably popular in Japan with 1 million downloads

We’ve featured some strange Japanese mobile games here on SD Japan in the past, but this one ranks way up there among the strangest....

Language Cloud gets investment boost from CyberAgent Ventures

CyberAgent Ventures, the venture capital arm of CyberAgent (TSE:4751), has announced its investment in language education platform Language Cloud. The startup is a graduate...

Yahoo Japan offers to rescue Google Reader refugees

A number of services are already reaping the benefits of the Google Reader’s impending retirement this coming July. Most notable among them is Feedly.com,...
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Japanese hit game ‘Puzzle and Dragons’ gets its own online store

As if GungHo Entertainment’s hit mobile game Puzzle and Dragons wasn’t making enough money already, now the title has its own online store where...
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Japan tech this week: Remembering the past and building for the future

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...

A brainwave music player so nice, Japan made it twice

During the past week, a Japanese startup and a Japanese university both brought us innovative music players that allow us to choose songs without...