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Asia-focused handmade marketplace app Envie gets qualified for MaGIC accelerator

See the original story in Japanese. Have you ever heard of a Japanese startup called Commune, which had been helping fashion e-commerce companies expand into...

Japan’s InstaVR gets $2M to support 360-degree content creation for virtual open house tours

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based InstaVR, providing a VR (virtual reality) authoring tool capable of creation / distribution / analysis of 360-degree view...

Former exec of Rakuten, Sony, gets $4.1M seed funding for “housing version of Tesla”

See the original story in Japanese. A former student entrepreneur has returned to the startup scene in order to challenge global issues. In 1995 Takeshi TED...

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...

Japanese geo-analytics startup Nightley secures $1.1M funding in series A round

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Nightley, the Japanese startup developing geo-analytics solutions, announced on Monday that they raised a total of 130 million...

Cloud for patent lawyers, marketplace for non-refundable hotel reservations win Tokyo’s Open Network Lab...

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Open Network Lab startup incubator held last week a Demo Day for participant startups of its Seed Accelerator...

Japan’s Sansan raises $38M from Toyota- and Sumitomo Mitsui-backed fund for Asia expansion

The Nikkei reported early this morning that Tokyo-based Sansan, the company that operates the business card-based CRM (customer relationship management) solutions, has secured 4.2...

Japan’s Crevo raises $2.8M, aiming to help crowdsourced animators work smarter

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Crevo, the Japanese startup offering crowdsurced animation production platform, announced on Thursday that it has secured 310 million...

Japan’s Popcorn now allows foreign visitors to book last-minute deals for salons

See the original story in Japanese. Popcorn is a beauty salon-booking app for last-minute deals. The app offers discount deals up to 70% off for...

Japan’s mobile analytics startup Fuller gains $4 million to fuel global expansion

This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology. Fuller, a Japanese startup focused...