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Japanese crowdsourcing startup Lancers raises $8.5 million from KDDI, others

This is the abridged version of our original article in Japanese. Tokyo-based crowdsourcing startup Lancers was launched in December 2008. It has since acquired over...

Futuristic new SnanSnap is contactless, scans books without harming them

Many of you may already be familiar with ScanSnap, a personal document scanner made by the folks at Fujitsu, letting you scan and digitalize...
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Google Street View broadens its horizons, crashes a party in Japan

[googlemaps https://maps.google.co.jp/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=ja&geocode=&q=%E5%BE%B3%E5%B3%B6%E5%B8%82%E2%80%8E%E4%B8%A1%E5%9B%BD%E6%9C%AC%E7%94%BA2%E4%B8%81%E7%9B%AE%E2%80%8E&aq=&sll=34.794951,136.015481&sspn=41.68345,79.013672&brcurrent=3,0x35536d5fcf3eb667:0xa6aed8308f7c862d,0&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=%E5%BE%B3%E5%B3%B6%E7%9C%8C%E5%BE%B3%E5%B3%B6%E5%B8%82%E4%B8%A1%E5%9B%BD%E6%9C%AC%E7%94%BA%EF%BC%92%E4%B8%81%E7%9B%AE&t=m&layer=c&cbll=34.069679,134.551506&panoid=AW6v3GWsc0NdJMwOX1F4Qg&cbp=13,29.14,,0,-1.8&ll=34.063272,134.551535&spn=0.038393,0.072184&z=14&output=svembed&w=630&h=350] Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) today has announced that it has expanded its Street View coverage in Japan to a number of new areas, including Kochi...

Japanese payment startup WebPay raises $1.1 million

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based WebPay Holdings , a startup providing Stripe-compatible payment processing solutions for web services, announced yesterday that it has...
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Japan’s Kadinche now offering panoramic movies, recorded with 6 GoPro cameras at once

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCuAmVg8a0Q&w=640&h=360] When we last visited with Tokyo-based Kadinche, the creators of Panoplaza, they gave us a glimpse of their 360-degree video recording tool,...

Traditional Japanese pottery decoration now comes as a DIY kit

We all have those moments when we want to do something out of the ordinary, something creative. If you don’t know where to start,...

NES cartridge-like device Picocassette to offer novel gaming experiences on mobile

See the original story in Japanese. Surely there are more than a few men in their 30s whose hearts won't skip three beats upon espying...

Japan’s livestreaming app TwitCasting to soon hit 3M users, is now winning fans overseas

See the original story in Japanese. TwitCasting is a mobile livestreaming app developed by Tokyo-based startup Moi Corp. The company's founding CEO Yoski Akamatsu has...

Japanese mobile app developer Quan raises several million dollars

Tokyo-based Quan, the Japanese startup behind mobile apps like MyStickerShop and Lounge, announced today that it has fundraised from Daiwa Corporate Investment, East Ventures,...
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Singapore’s Viddsee marks 5M viewers since its launch

Singapore-based Viddsee, the operator of an online platform that showcases short films from Asia, announced this week that it has surpassed five million unique...