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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.

Messaging app Line partners with Nokia to accelerate global expansion

NHN Japan, the producer of the wildly popular Line chat app, announced yesterday that it has partnered with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) aiming to accelerate the...

Samurai Incubate exhibits fun new startups and ideas in Tokyo

Tokyo-based startup incubator Samurai Incubate is planning to launch another co-working space at Odaiba, Tokyo's waterfront area. The group already has a venue for...
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Gyao and Gree team up to invest in animation content development

Gyao, a broadband video distribution company and a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan (TYO:4689), and Japanese social gaming giant Gree (TYO:3632) announced today the two...
From left: Kyohei Teshima (CGO), Keisuke Shibata (CEO), and Akira Kudo (web developer)

Japan’s Designclue wants to build Asia’s largest logo crowdsourcing market

See also this story in Japanese. Designclue is a service that lets you crowdsource logo creation to freelance designers regardless of their location or nationality....

Japan’s mobile wars intensify: Docomo moves up ultra-high speed data launch to 2015

We noted yesterday that even though NTT Docomo (TSE:9437) had reached 10 million LTE subscribers, it still lags behind its competitors in speed. And...
Conyac's Una Softic (left) and CEO Naoki Yamada (right)

Translation start-up Conyac plans presence in San Francisco, now offers services for businesses

Conyac is a Tokyo-based startup that focuses on providing cost-effective translation services, leveraging crowdsourced expertise. It recently added a new service to its repertoire...
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Tokyo Otaku Mode raises additional funds from three VC firms

Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM), a new media startup focusing on Japanese geek culture, announced today it has raised funds from three VC firms, including...

Lonely on Valentine’s Day? In Japan, you can tweet and get chocolate from this...

With Valentine's Day almost here, Tokyo-based startup Gift Kitchen is running a campaign that allows 10 people to win a chance to get "giri-choco"...

How a Japanese hardware startup lets your phone and home appliances talk to each...

On the way back home from a day at work, it would be great if you could turn on your air-conditioner to make your...

Japanese food delivery site ‘Oisix’ is approved for IPO

Oisix, an online home delivery service for organic vegetables and preservative-free foods in Japan, was approved to be listed on the TSE Mothers market,...

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