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9 great ideas from the 7th Samurai Venture Summit

This past weekend at the Microsoft Japan office in Tokyo, the 7th edition of the Samurai Venture Summit took place. This is a semi-annual...

Tokyo Otaku Mode celebrates Facebook ‘like’ landmark with fun commemorative video

Japanese startup Tokyo Otaku Mode, which we’ve written about many times in the past, shares and promotes Japanese subculture, such as animation, manga, and...

Base: The Japanese freemium e-commerce platform that’s following Shopify’s lead

See original story in Japanese. Base is a Tokyo startup that provides an easy-to-implement e-commerce platform. It was born from Project Liverty, a tech savvy...

For fresh graduates in Japan, a new startup eases the pain of job hunting

Typically graduating students in Japan begin their job-hunting process in the fall in their junior year, and spend around six months to a year...
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Cinnamon pitching private photo sharing to the Southeast Asian market

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLcBu9oD_qE&w=560&h=315] At the Startup Asia conference today in Singapore, Cinnamon - a startup led by CEO Miku Hirano - pitched a new photo 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...

A new service gives Japanese students key info about their classes and profs

For businesses, school systems, and lots of organizations in Japan, everything starts around April. For new students to in universities, they have passed the...

How do you child-proof your smartphone? Japan’s Mimamorl app does the trick

On mobile, there is a lot of content out there that might be inappropriate for young kids (especially in gaming), and parents might want...
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KakaoTalk passes 10 million downloads in Japan

While NHN Japan’s Line is winning the chat application war in Japan by a large margin with over 45 million users , KakaoTalk is...

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...