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Japan’s Amegumi raises $183K to develop budget smartphone with minimal functions

See the original story in Japanese. Tokushima, Japan-based Amegumi announced on Wednesday that it has fundraised a total of 20 million yen (about $183K US)...

Japan’s Crowd Realty gets $2.1M from banks and property giant to decentralize P2P deals

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Crowd Realty, which provides the real estate-specific crowdfunding platform under the same name, announced in late December that...

Japan’s Lancers raises $9M from HR giant and bank, offers loans to freelance workers

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Lancers, the Japanese startup providing a major crowdsourcing platform under the same name, announced last month that it...

Japanese HRTech startup SmartHR secures $13M series B from Tokio Marine, Nissen

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based SmartHR, the Japanese startup offering a cloud-based personnel management service under the same name, announced today that it...

Japanese video recipe app Kurashiru secures $30M in funding from Softbank, others

The Japanese startup Dely, which runs video-centric culinary media Kurashiru, announced today that it has raised 3.35 billion yen (about $30 million US) from...

Japanese asset management startup Folio raises $63M in series A2, partners with Line

Tokyo-based Folio, the Japanese startup offering an online asset management platform, announced today that it has raised 7 billion yen (about $63 million US)...

Japan’s Boostnote secures funding to boost global expansion of GitHub alternative

This guest post is authored by Masanori Hashimoto, co-founder and CEO of Nulab, the Fukuoka-based startup behind SaaS (software as a service) platforms like...

Japan’s MiddleField secures $2.2M to drive customer traffic to autoparts makers, shops

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based MiddleField, operating the auto parts database website Garage, announced back in December that it had raised 250 million...

Japan’s Jiraffe launches “honesty” app Peing – QuestionBox for global audience

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Jiraffe announced today that it had launched a so-called “honesty” app for 40 English-speaking markets. The app, dubbed...

Japanese hottest unicorn Mercari expands AI research with Sharp and academia leaders

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Mercari, providing the peer-to-peer marketplace app under the same name, announced in December that it has established Mercari...