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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.

NTT Docomo to acquire Japan’s largest medical database

Japanese mobile giant NTT Docomo and medical information provider Nihon Ultmarc have jointly announced that the telco would acquire a 77.5% stake of the...

‘Kame Camera’ takes Japanese schoolgirl Dragon Ball meme a step further

About a month ago, an internet meme called Makankosappo (literally translated as “Magic Penetrating Killing Ray”) spread around the world pretty fast. It all...

Osaka City Government establishes incubator and fund for local entrepreneurs

On Friday the Osaka City Government launched a startup incubation facility located just in front of the city's largest railway terminal. The Osaka Innovation...

EnchantMoon handwriting tablet unveiled, first orders sold out in an hour

Ubiquitous Entertainment Inc. (UEI for short) is a Tokyo-based startup well known for providing backend-centric software/hardware solutions. The company recently started receiving orders for...

Business card-based CRM startup Sansan raises $5M, planning global expansion

Tokyo-based venture company Sansan announced on Tuesday that it has fundraised about 500 million yen (or about $5 million) from Nissay Capital and GMO Venture...

9 great ideas from the 7th Samurai Venture Summit

This past weekend at the Microsoft Japan office in Tokyo, the 7th edition of the Samurai Venture Summit took place. This is a semi-annual...

Feeding Asia’s growing games appetite: Gumi Asia CEO on expansion beyond Japan

It was almost one year ago when Japanese social game developer Gumi established a presence in Singapore. That subsidiary, called Gumi Asia, was...
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Fujitsu’s new projection technology adds a gesture interface layer to any object

Fujitsu Laboratories, the R&D arm of the Japanese electronics giant, recently unveiled a new technology that recognizes your finger gestures and allows you to add...

Tokyo-based web integrator IMJ teams up with Fenox Capital, plans to invest in SE...

Tokyo-based web/mobile solutions company IMJ (JASDAQ:4305) has announced a partnership with Fenox Capital, a Silicon Valley-based VC firm. The companies have established a fund...

Japan-based MetroWorks raises funds from Sunbridge Global Ventures

Tokyo-based startup MetroWorks, which provides a platform for crowdsourcing website design and production, received an unspecified amount of funds from Sunbridge Global Ventures, a...