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Co-work: A new corporate communication tool from Tokyo-based GaiaX

See the original story in Japanese Tokyo-based web solution provider GaiaX has introduced a new tool called Co-work. It's specifically designed for communication and...
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Tokyo Otaku Mode announces syndication deal with 13 news sites

Tokyo-based startup Tokyo Otaku Mode, which curates and shares content and news about Japanese anime and manga culture, recently announced a syndication deal with...
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Line’s ‘Wind Runner’ game for iPhone tops App Store charts in Asia

Line Corporation pushed an update to its Wind Runner iPhone game on Tuesday, and since then the title has been top free iOS app...

New Docomo startup fund invests in two up-and-coming Japanese companies

As we reported back in February, NTT Docomo launched a new startup fund worth 10 billion yen (about $100 million), along with an incubation...
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Japanese icon Domo-kun reborn as iPhone case with accompanying app

Here’s a fun new item from the folks over at NHK. The broadcaster’s popular mascot, Domo-kun, is the model for a soon-to-be-released smartphone case....

Pitapat launches invitation-only Q&A app for startups and entrepreneurs

Tokyo-based startup Pitapat, known for having developed a Facemash-like girl-finding app, introduced its first (more pragmatic) app for business people today. It's called Qixil...
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Computer beats pro shogi player for the first time ever

I expect not many of our readers are shogi (aka ‘Japanese chess’) players, but you might find it interesting to hear that over the...

Uniqlo drops a unique pop-up shop at Tokyo’s Shibuya station

A rather historical event took place at one of the biggest train stations in Japan Shibuya just a few weeks ago. The old Toyoko...
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Japan tech this week: Groovy, Gung Ho, and Subscription Sake

We’ve had another fun week here at SD, doing our best to bring you interesting tech stories going down in Japan. But in case...

Closet shopping for material girls: Material Wrld makes its public debut

Material Wrld, a high end marketplace for used clothes, made it’s official debut after six months in beta operation. This New York-based startup was...

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