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Japanese crowdfunding site Campfire secures $3M to launch social lending service

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Campfire, the Japanese crowdfunding site which was recently reported to expand into the social lending space, officially announced...

Japan’s Recruit shows off virtual reality startups from its Tech Lab Paak accelerator

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Recruit Holdings (TSE:6098) held last month a Demo Day for the 6th batch of its startup accelerator Tech...

Japan’s microbiome startup Cykinso gets $2.3M to launch gut health advice service

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cykinso, who develop and sell “Mykinso” or a test kit for intestinal flora, revealed that it has secured...

Japan’s PLENGoer Robotics unveils palm-sized cubic assistant robot at CES 2017

See the original story in Japanese. Osaka-based robotics startup PLEN Project established a joint venture named PLENGoer Robotics with Chinese home appliance manufacturer Goertek (SHE:002241) back...

Gatebox, holographic virtual assistant, launches pre-orders for geeks in Japan, US

See the original story in Japanese. A holographic virtual assistant created in Japan has been unveiled. It's called Gatebox, displaying 2D characters in hologram image...

Japan’s language learning startup Polyglots secures series A funding from US investors

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Polyglots has been developing a English-language learning app for Japanese under the same name as well as Mondo,...

Kyoto’s Makers Boot Camp partners with La French Tech to help more IoT startups...

This is a guest post by Sabrina Sasaki, a marketing representative of Kyoto-based hardware startup accelerator Makers Boot Camp. The accelerator holds the Monozukuri...

Japan’s Kyash secures $8.5 million series A round for Visa-enabled P2P payments app

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Kyash, the startup focused on offering remittance and payments systems, announced on Wednesday that it has fundraised...

NYC-based smart driving app Dash wins Innovation Weekend Grand Finale 2016 in Tokyo

See the original story in Japanese. Innovation Weekend is a showcase event organized by Tokyo-based startup incubator SunBridge Global Ventures. Continuing this year, qualifying rounds...

Japan’s WOVN, multilingual support platform for websites, secures $2.6M series B funding

See the original story in Japanese. Minimal Technologies, which provides a multilingual support platform for websites called WOVN.io, announced earlier this month that it has...