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Japanese flea market app Fril to be acquired by Rakuten: Nikkei

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Fablic, the Japanese startup behind flea market app Fril, will be acquired by Rakuten for several billion yen...

Aroma Bit, Japan’s aroma sensing technology startup, adds two big names as advisors

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Aroma Bit, a Japanese startup developing a small-sized aroma sensor device, recently announced that it has appointed Batara...

From Infinity Ventures Summit in Kyoto: 14 startups pitch at Launch Pad competition

This is part of our coverage of the Infinity Ventures Summit 2015 Fall in Kyoto, Japan. See the original story in Japanese. Infinity Venture Partners, a...

Japanese recipe sharing site Cookpad acquires private lesson marketplace Cyta.jp for $10 million

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Coach United, the startup behind private lesson marketplace Cyta.jp, announced today that it has been acquired by Japanese...

Japan’s Popcorn now allows foreign visitors to book last-minute deals for salons

See the original story in Japanese. Popcorn is a beauty salon-booking app for last-minute deals. The app offers discount deals up to 70% off for...

Japanese mobile app developer TriFort raises $3.9 million from WiL fund

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup TriFort announced today it has raised about $400 million yen (about $3.9 million) from WiL (World Innovation...

Japan’s weight-loss advisory startup FiNC raises $5.3 million

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based FiNC is taking the lead in Japan's healthcare startup community. The company has been providing online weight-loss advice...

Japan’s StudyPact qualifies for Seedstars World finals with learning goals achievement platform

See the original story in Japanese. SeedStars World is an initiative touring 33 cities worldwide to discover high profile startups. In Japan, a local preliminary...

Japan’s Exiii unveils teaser page for functional prosthetic hand

See the original story in Japanese. Handiii (previously known as Handie) is a prosthetic hand developed by an engineering team called Exiii, which wants to...

Japan’s Cluster secures $1.8M series A to put VR hangout concept into showbiz industry

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cluster, the Japanese startup behind the social VR (virtual reality) app under the same name supporting several thousand people-scale...