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How flea markets are going mobile in Japan

There’s a lot of hype around the e-commerce space in Japan, particularly mobile commerce. According to a recent survey, one of four smartphone owners...

Meet the 5 newest startups from Movida Japan’s acceleration program

Tokyo-based startup accelerator Movida Japan, led by billionaire Taizo Son, today held its Demo Day unveiling five startups from the third batch of its...

Japanese online learning platform Mana.bo raises $374,000 from CyberAgent Ventures and other investors

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based online learning service startup Mana.bo has raised 38 million yen (approximately $374,000) in seed funding from several investors...

Japan’s Rebright Partners establishes a new fund focused on startups in Southeast Asia

Japanese seed investor Rebright Partners, led by veteran entrepreneur Takeshi Ebihara, recently formed a new investment fund focusing on the internet and mobile business...

Japanese startup 30min launches new service for finding bargain apartments

See also the original story in Japanese. Japanese startup 30min (pronounced as 'san zero minutes') has introduced gourmet-focused information services including a new 30min mobile app...
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Tokyo Otaku Mode and MTV81.com to partner on Japan entertainment news syndication

Japanese startup Tokyo Otaku Mode and MTV81.com (a MTV Japan website serving international audiences) have today announced a joint syndication deal which will see...

More than just eye candy: Videogram brings added value for video publishers

Recently Tokyo-based CinemaCraft, the startup company behind the clever paneled video presentation service Videogram, released its iOS application. The app delivers the same slick...
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Japanese finance app Zaim rolls out slick web version, updates Android app with OCR

Read our Japanese article on Zaim's new web interface Last week we mentioned that Japanese personal finance application Zaim had added OCR to its repertoire,...

Relux: A satisfaction-guaranteed online marketplace for Japanese inns

Many Japanese traditional-style inns, or ‘ryokan’, are known for their fine hospitality. And with the goal of helping you find the best ones, Relux,...

Osaka City Government establishes incubator and fund for local entrepreneurs

On Friday the Osaka City Government launched a startup incubation facility located just in front of the city's largest railway terminal. The Osaka Innovation...