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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.

14 standout financial solution startups from Japan

These days in Japan, there are a bunch of startups providing accounting or financial solutions, both for personal and business use. Let’s take a...

Japanese fashion e-commerce service Laso raises $2.1M from DCM

Laso, a Tokyo-based fashion e-commerce retailer specializing in high-end clothes and outfits from around the world, has announced it has fundraised 200 million yen...

How a Japanese stealth startup plans to push small business accounting to the cloud

Tokyo-based startup CFO K.K. today unveiled a cloud-based accounting solution called Freee, a service that aims to set SME owners free from routine accounting....

A brainwave music player so nice, Japan made it twice

During the past week, a Japanese startup and a Japanese university both brought us innovative music players that allow us to choose songs without...

Japan’s language learning site Best Teacher raises $530,000 from GMO-VP and SMBC-VC

Best Teacher, a Tokyo-based startup providing online language learning solutions, announced today it has raised 51.1 million yen (approximately $530,000) from GMO Venture Partners...

Japan’s Open Network Lab now taking applications for its incubation program

See also this story in Japanese. Open Network Lab (aka OnLab), a Tokyo-based tech incubator backed by Digital Garage and NetPrice.com, has today started receiving...
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Google Glass, you’ve got company! Sekai Camera inventor introduces Telepathy One

See also this story in Japanese. Takahito Iguchi, the former Tonchidot CEO best known for having invented an augmented reality smartphone app Sekai Camera, has...
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Japanese legal portal Bengo4.com raises $208,000 from Kakaku.com

Japan's legal consultation portal site Bengo4.com, owned by Tokyo-based law office Authense, announced on Monday that it has raised about 20 million yen (approximately $208,000)...

Japan’s Loftwork unveils hardware startup community site at SXSW

See this story in Japanese. South by South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas is always a fun event for digital enthusiasts, and more than a...

9 great ideas from Japan’s NICT student entrepreneur competition

Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) recently held its annual business plan presentation event for college and university students. It's called...