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Japan’s language learning site Best Teacher raises $530,000 from GMO-VP and SMBC-VC

Best Teacher, a Tokyo-based startup providing online language learning solutions, announced today it has raised 51.1 million yen (approximately $530,000) from GMO Venture Partners...

Japan’s Open Network Lab now taking applications for its incubation program

See also this story in Japanese. Open Network Lab (aka OnLab), a Tokyo-based tech incubator backed by Digital Garage and NetPrice.com, has today started receiving...

Line apps rules Google Play rankings, owns the top 5 in Japan

While NHN Japan’s popular Line chat app has amazingly surpassed 100 million users, it might be a more impressive feat that the company has...
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Google Glass, you’ve got company! Sekai Camera inventor introduces Telepathy One

See also this story in Japanese. Takahito Iguchi, the former Tonchidot CEO best known for having invented an augmented reality smartphone app Sekai Camera, has...

Rovio holds Angry Birds lucky draws nationwide in Japan

When we last chatted with Rovio here in Japan, the Finnish game developer entertainment company told us that they had a number of local...

Most successful mobile game ever? Puzzle & Dragons passes 10 million downloads [Video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR5CUfEVBgA&w=560&h=315] Japanese game developer and publisher GungHo Entertainment announced today that its insanely popular Puzzle & Dragons game has finally surpassed the 10 million...
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Japanese game developer Aiming raises $3.2M, eyes overseas expansion

Japanese gaming company Aiming Inc has announced today that it has received almost 300 million yen (or about $3.21 million) in investment from Nissay...
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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...