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Smart driving assistant developer Drivemode acquired by Honda R&D

See the original story in Japanese. Honda R&D, the research and development-focused subsidiary of the Japanese automotive giant, announced on Monday that it has acquired...

Japan’s “flying car” developer SkyDrive snags $14M, expects manned test flight this year

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based SkyDrive, the Japanese drone startup spun off from the Cartivator volunteer group consisting of aircraft, drone and automotive...

Japan’s UniFa, developing AI/IoT-powered kindergartner monitoring, secures $32M series C

See the original story in Japanese. Nagoya-based UniFa, the Japanese startup behind the Lookmee service brand using AI-powered IoT (Internet of solutions) solutions for tracking...

Japanese house construction management SaaS Andpad closes series B with $22.6M

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Oct, the Japanese startup developing and providing the Andpad house construction management platform, announced on Thursday that it...

Japan’s Gitai, developing robots replacing astronauts, secures $4.1M series A round

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Gitai, the Japanese telexistannce robotics startup for the space industry, announced on Tuesday that it has secured $4.1...

Japanese business chat tool developer Chatwork files for IPO

Kobe-headquartered Chatwork, the startup behind a cloud-based business chat tool under the same name, announced on Thursday that its IPO application to the Tokyo...
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News app developer Smartnews nabs $29M in series E, becomes Japan’s 3rd unicorn

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Smartnews, the developer of curated news app under the same name, announced on Monday that it has raised...

Japanese startup Nature raises $4.7M to grow smart AC control business globally

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese startup Nature develops an IoT product for smart air-conditioner named Nature Remo. The company announced on Thursday that...

Japan’s Ground, developing AI and robotics for intelligent logistics, secures $16.2M

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Ground, the Japanese startup developing artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics solutions specifically focused on offering intelligent logistics, announced...

Makuake, Citiesocial join forces to help Japan crowdfunded products reach Asian markets

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Makuake, the Japanese company behind the leading crowdfunding site under the same name, announced...