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Tokyo-based advertising startup FreakOut raises $5.3M from Yahoo Japan

FreakOut is a Tokyo-based startup developing a smartphone advertising platform for real-time bidding (RTB). Today it announced that it has raised 500 million yen...

Japan’s PanoPlaza helps retail management visit franchise stores virtually

Japan’s Kadinche Corp is announcing today that well-known Japanese discount chain Don Quijote will be using their PanoPlaza service (a 360-degree panoramic virtual shop)...
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Japan’s Pocket Concierge fills cancelled restaurant reservations with eager customers

Read this story in Japanese. When you go for a night out on the town, how do you find the best restaurant? In Japan, most...

Incubate Fund forms new $21.4M fund, plans to invest in 100 startups in 3...

Tokyo-based VC Incubate Fund recently announced that it had established a new 2 billion yen fund (about $21.4 million), with the aim of investing...
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Storys.jp: Because business cards just aren’t enough

See our version of this story in Japanese. We've all exchanged name cards while on business or at social events. But a business card can...
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Korea’s beSuccess holds startup competition in Tokyo, winner moves on to Seoul for main...

Read our Japanese report on this event Our partner tech site beSuccess will hold the second edition of its beLAUNCH event in Seoul this May, one...

Smapo: Can Japan’s answer to Shopkick fend off new competition?

Many of our readers are likely familiar with Shopkick, a popular smartphone app that rewards customers as they enter a store. Well, Japan has...

Samurai Incubate exhibits fun new startups and ideas in Tokyo

Tokyo-based startup incubator Samurai Incubate is planning to launch another co-working space at Odaiba, Tokyo's waterfront area. The group already has a venue for...
From left: Kyohei Teshima (CGO), Keisuke Shibata (CEO), and Akira Kudo (web developer)

Japan’s Designclue wants to build Asia’s largest logo crowdsourcing market

See also this story in Japanese. Designclue is a service that lets you crowdsource logo creation to freelance designers regardless of their location or nationality....

Singapore’s Intraix partners with Smart Integration on smarter home energy management in Japan

Singapore-based startup Intraix has just announced a partnership with a Japanese company, Smart Integration, in the hopes of distributing its smart home energy management...