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This online concierge startup secures seed funding to better serve visitors to Japan

See the original story in Japanese. Fast Japan, an online chat concierge service for visitors to Japan, was established in November of 2015 and fully...

Japan’s SmartDrive unveils DriveOps to help optimize work efficiency with automobile big data

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based SmartDrive, providing connected-car related services, this week announced the official launch of DriveOps which enables safe driving support...

Hatena’s IPO filing approved as Japan’s first for 2016

Kyoto-headquartered internet company Hatena had earlier submitted an IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), which was approved on Thursday. This is the...

HRBrain, Japan’s answer to BetterWorks, gets seed round for business goals platform

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Mosquitone, providinga cloud-based personnel assessment and target management platform called HRBrain, announced on Wednesday that the securement of...

Moneytree, Japanese personal finance app, raises $9M to better serve corporate users

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Moneytree, the Japanese startup offering an asset managing app / cloud-based accounting soutions, announced on Tuesday that it...

Japan’s Candee acquires video production company to develop livestreaming platform

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Candee, running an overall mobile video-related media business, announced last week that it has acquired a full stake...

Taiwan’s GliaCloud, AI video creation startup, gets $500K seed funding for Asia expansion

See the original story in Japanese. Taiwan-based AI startup GliaCloud told The Bridge today that it has secured $500,000 in a seed round. This round...

Japan’s LaFabric, shirt and suit tailor startup, gets $6.6M to enrich original product lineup

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Lifestyle Design, running the LaFabric online store focused on made-to-measure shirts and custom business suits for men, announced...

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...

Delighted gets $1.1M series A, notifies office workers of visitor arrivals in smarter way

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Delighted, the Japanese startup offering an iPad-powered unmanned reception system called Receptionist, announced on Wednesday that it had...