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Deep learning startup Preferred Networks raises $95M from Toyota for self-driving tech

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Preferred Networks (PFN), the Japanese startup offering deep learning technologies for Internet of Things (IoT), announced today that...

First-ever Startupbootcamp Fintech accelerator demo tour winds up in Tokyo

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. The Fintech Accelerator program run...

Xenoma’s E-skin, smart body-tracking outfit from Japan, launches Kickstarter campaign

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Xenoma, developing a smart apparel E-skin, recently announced that it would start sales targeting individual users. E-skin has...

Loftwork, Cafe Company and Panasonic set up collaboration site for startups in Shibuya

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. In view of Panasonic celebrating...

Nomura’s Voyager accelerator Demo Day showcases collaboration with five startups

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. The Voyager accelerator program Demo...

Japan’s KDDI to buy IoT-optimized mobile data startup Soracom for $180 million

The Nikkei reported early this morning that Japan's second largest telco KDDI will acquire a full stake in Tokyo-based Soracom, a mobile virtual network...

Japan’s leading YouTuber management agency Uuum files for IPO

Tokyo-based Uuum, Japan's leading YouTuber management agency, announced today that its IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) has been approved. The company...

Singapore / Japan space-debris removal startup Astroscale raises $25M in series C

Astroscale, a Singapore- / Tokyo-based startup developing satellites to remove space debris from Earth’s orbit, announced on Friday that it has fundraised $25 million...

Japanese marketplace app Mercari launches own fund to invest in C2C startups

See the original story in Japanese. In January of 2016 Japanese C2C (consumer-to-consumer) marketplace app Mericari announced a 450 million yen (about $4.1M US dollars)...

HomeAway ties up with Rakuten to better serve hosts and guests in Japan

  See the original story in Japanese. Rakuten Lifull Stay, a Rakuten Group company offering vacation rental services, and Expedia Group’s HomeAway jointly announced their partnership...