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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.
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Japan’s ringtone publisher Dwango partners with pair of media giants

The group has announced that UK-based play performance group Whole Hog Theatre will conduct a Japan tour of Princess Mononoke in April and...

Incubate Fund forms new $21.4M fund, plans to invest in 100 startups in 3...

Tokyo-based VC Incubate Fund recently announced that it had established a new 2 billion yen fund (about $21.4 million), with the aim of investing...
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Korea’s beSuccess holds startup competition in Tokyo, winner moves on to Seoul for main...

Read our Japanese report on this event Our partner tech site beSuccess will hold the second edition of its beLAUNCH event in Seoul this May, one...

5 Japanese studios team up to create online anime platform for overseas markets

Five Japanese animation studios and two Japanese advertising agencies announced yesterday that they will jointly found a web-based content distribution platform called Daisuki...

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...
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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...