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Au’s SmartPass now has 10M paid subscribers in Japan

KDDI has announced that its au SmartPass a-la-carte app service has surpassed 10 million paid subscribers (as of March 17th), which is double its...
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Drone helicopter sushi: London restaurant capitalizes on Japan’s futuristic reputation

We’ve previously written about how Japan has used technology to improve operations in sushi restaurants, for example, using iPads to take orders, or using...

Anime illustration crowdsourcing platform raises $1.3M

See the original story in Japanese. Crowdsoucing platforms can be divided into two categories: 1) general purpose and 2) industry-focused. The latter is very much...

Japanese personal accounting startup Money Forward raises $5 million

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Money Forward, the startup behind the personal accounting app of the same name, announced today that it has...

Japanese UI improvement platform planBCD raises $800,000

See the original story in Japanese.PlanBCD is a platform that helps developers to improve the user interface on their web services. Kaizen Platform Inc.,...
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Japanese entertainment company partners with Line to promote its artists

Avex Entertainment Inc. , a music and video production company based in Tokyo, has announced a partnership with Line Corporation based around mobile content...

Japanese mobile payments processor Coiney raises $5M

See also the story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Coiney, a startup focused on providing mobile payments solutions in Japan, announced today that it has raised 500...
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Japan’s Tabelog has no problems feeding paid memberships to users

Japan’s Kakaku.com, the company that operates food review portal Tabelog, has announced that its premium membership (which costs 315 yen per month ) has...

Yahoo Japan to launch online ticket sales service, poised to shake up $10B market

Japan’s Nikkei reports that Yahoo Japan (TYO:4689) will launch an online ticket sales service that will allow users to join live events by presenting...

Japanese MOOC startup raises $1.5 million from investors

See the original story in Japanese. Schoo is a Tokyo-based MOOC (massive open online course) startup providing livestreamed lectures on the internet. The startup announced...

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