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Masaru Ikeda

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Masaru started his career as a programmer/engineer, and previously co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms. He’s been traveling around Silicon Valley and Asia exploring the IT industry, and he also curates event updates for the Tokyo edition of Startup Digest.

Japan’s Wovn announces Dropbox-like online storage for document translation

Tokyo-based Wovn Technologies, the Japanese startup offering a multilingual support platform for websites and other digital resources, announced today that they will launch a...

Japan’s Wakaze secures $1.4M series A funding to launch sake brewery in Paris

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese sake brewing startup Wakaze announced today that it has secured 150 million yen (about $1.4 million US) in...

One Visa, helping Japanese firms manage visas for foreign employees, raises $4.2M

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based One Visa, the Japanese startup that helps companies streamline visa management for their foreign employees, announced today that...

Japan’s Base Food, nutrition complete food startup, raises $3.7M for US expansion

Tokyo-based Base Food, developing nutritionally complete food products capable of becoming staple foods named Base Pasta and Base Bread, announced on Monday that it...

Japanese business card-based CRM startup Sansan files for IPO

Tokyo-based Sansan, the company that operates the business card-based CRM (customer relationship management) solutions, announced today that IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange...

Bangkok’s Flare secures early funding, boasts 15,000 drivers wrapping car in ads

See the original story in Japanese. Bangkok-based Flare, the startup offering a car advertising network under the same name, announced today that it has secured...

Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies makes successful space rocket launch

Japanese space startup Intersteller Technologies announced earlier today that it has successfully launched a small rocket in Hokkaido this morning. The company is well...

Japan’s BlueGoats Capital looks to join series B rounds for global startups in unique...

See the original story in Japanese. Kazuhiro Aoyagi, the founder and CEO of Ignition Point, announced the establishment of a startup fund called BlueGoats Capital...

One Visa now can help immigrant workers in Japan get credit cards, official certificates

See the original story in Japanese. One Visa (formerly Residence), the Japanese startup that helps companies streamline visa management for their foreign employees, announced in...

Japan startup unveils manned hoverbike, expecting it to fly above public roads [video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrUIJ8RerW0?rel=0] See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based A.L.I. Technologies (formerly known as Aerial Lab Industries) gave the press a demonstration of the prototype of...