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CyberAgent launches its own crowdfunding platform

Today Japanese internet giant CyberAgent launched a crowdfunding platform called Makuake (meaning 'beginning'). The company started the service as a rewards-type crowdfunding service, but...

Japan’s Toreta, reservation management platform for restaurants, secures $12 million

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Toreta, the company offering a reservation and customer management platform for restaurants under the same name, announced on...
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Japan tech this week: Startups pitching, Gungho winning, Facebook liked

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...
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Japanese tower defense game ‘Samurai Defender’ now available globally [Video]

I recently stumbled across a fun Japanese tower defense game mobile called Samurai Defender, which was developed by Tokyo-based Link Kit. I’m not familiar...

Japan’s Meetrip acquired by social game developer Donuts, relocates to Bangkok

Meetrip is a service that gives you a chance to discover authentic travel experiences arranged by locals in 14 cities across Asia. Tokyo-based Duckdive,...

Thai handmade marketplace Blisby raises $300K from DeNA, East Ventures, 500 Startups

See the original story in Japanese. Blisby, a Thailand-based handmade marketplace focused on serving the Southeast Asian region, announced today that it has raised $300,000...

Japanese online learning platform Mana.bo raises $374,000 from CyberAgent Ventures and other investors

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based online learning service startup Mana.bo has raised 38 million yen (approximately $374,000) in seed funding from several investors...

Japan’s Recruit holds Tech Lab Paak Demo Day, teams from 4th batch present results

See the original story in Japanese. TECH LAB PAAK in Shibuya, Tokyo is a community space only for member IT creators, established by Recruit Holdings...

Japan’s Creema launches iOS app, gives users instant access to handmade items sellers

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Creema, the startup behind a C2C marketplace for handmade items, announced 7 November that it has introduced an iOS app for the...

Japan’s leisure booking site Asoview secures $5 million from travel giant JTB Group, others

This is the abridged version of our original article in Japanese. Tokyo-based Asoview (previously known as Catarizm), the company behind an online leisure booking site...