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Groove X, humanoid startup by former Pepper project leader, raises up to $57M

Tokyo-based Groove X, the humanoid robot developer founded by Kaname Hayashi -- who was responsible for the Pepper project at Softbank -- announced on...

Japan’s JustInCase to launch AI-powered repair cost insurance for smartphone users

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based InsurTech startup JustInCase announced last week that it had fundraised from 500 Startups Japan in a seed round....

Japan’s Lute, Instagram Stories-based video media startup, secures $710K seed funding

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Lute, which operates the Instagram Stories-based video media Lute, announced last week that it has raised 80 million...

Ascent Robotics unveils AI training platform, aiming for level 4 autonomous drive by 2020

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Ascent Robotics has been developing autonomous driving software for Level 4 capable-vehicle (fully autonomous driving including steering, accelerating...

Tokyu railway’s 3rd accelerator program showcases 6 startups to collaborate with

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese railway company Tokyu (TSE:9005) held a Demo Day of its startups accelerator Tokyu Accelerator Program 3rd batch in...

IoT furniture startup Kamarq secures $3.6M from Japanese real estate listings giant Lifull

Kamarq Holdings is a startup to offer the high quality and connected furniture brand Kamarq. The company announced on Wednesday that it has fundraised...

Finance data analytics startup Xenodata Lab. raises $2.2M from Japan megabanks, others

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Xenodata Lab., the Japanese startup developing an AI-powered finance data analytics leveraging Natural Language Processing (NLP), announced today...

Three months after launch, Japanese online pawnshop app ‘CASH’ acquired by DMM for $62.2M

Tokyo-based startup 'Bank'… the company behind an online pawnshop app called 'CASH'... announced today that it has been acquired by Japanese internet giant and...

Japanese real estate crowdfunding platform Crowd Realty raises $3.1M from SBI, MUFG

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Crowd Realty, the Japanese startup offering a real estate-focused crowdfunding platform under the same name, announced on Monday...

Tomaruba wants to attract foreign visitors by IoT-powered traditional Japanese houses

See the original story in Japanese. Kyoto-based Tomaruba, the Japanese startup running vacation rentals businesses focused on traditional Japanese houses, announced today that it has...