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Line’s homescreen customization app sees 100M downloads… In 23 days!

Remember that Line Deco homescreen customization app we told you about last month? Well Line Corporation announced today that just 23 days after its...

With new silk-producing technology, Japanese biotech startup does what a spider can

This beautiful blue dress is no ordinary dress. You’d never guess just by looking at it, but it’s made of synthetic spider silk. A...

Japanese startup Sumally launches mobile marketplace service

See the original article, written in Japanese Sumally is a social platform where users find recommendations by recording what they already have and...

Japan’s e-commerce company Locondo raises $4.6 million in series C round

Japanese footwear e-commerce company Locondo announced last week that it had raised 500 million yen (or $4.6 million) in a series C round from...

Japan’s EventRegist raises $1.6 million from Nikkei

See the original story in Japanese.Tokyo-based EventRegist provides a mobile app for event organizers. It lets you announce events, handle ticketing, and collect admission...

Japanese startup consortium sets up robotics-focused category on major crowdfunding site

See the original story in Japanese. Makuake, a crowdfunding platform operated by CyberAgent, recently partnered with the i-Roobo Network Forum and added a new category...

Japanese-led sports-betting startup Kibow snags $840K from CyberAgent Ventures

This is the abridged version from our original article in Japanese. Singapore-based Kibow, a Japanese-led startup behind a sports-betting service focused on the mobile sector,...

Virtual Reality affords new possibilities for Silicon Valley startup

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. At the International Tokyo Toy...

Meet Blincam, mini-camera mounted on glasses for enabling snapshots with eyeblinks

It has been a while since wearable devices began appearing on the general street scene. While smartwatches and fitness trackers have diffused to some...
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As Sekai Camera closes down, we look back at a legendary pitch

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKgJTJojVEw&w=480&h=360] It’s hard to believe that more than five years have passed since Tonchidot first presented its smartphone AR solution Sekai Camera (or “world...