These startups from Korea, Thailand, and India have taken an interest in Japan. Here’s why.

July 12, 2017 0

Startups have often deemed Japan as a difficult market to penetrate due to the language and cultural differences. However, with the rise in corporate and

Brief: Japanese government startup fund caught in sexual harassment scandal

July 11, 2017 0

The Tokyo Tower. Photo credit: Taro Tokyo. The news: Another sexual harassment scandal is unfolding in the startup ecosystem, with a senior executive at Cool

3 rising startups in Japan

July 3, 2017 0

This week saw three startups get recognized by investors. Each startup has its own take on using technology to streamline existing services. Payke Payke, pronounced

6 rising startups in Japan

June 28, 2017 0

This week saw a huge variety of local startups getting early funding including players in artificial intelligence, online entertainment, virtual reality, and digitized services. BitStar

Even as Airbnb doubles down on China, Chinese unicorn Tujia widens the war to Asia

June 27, 2017 0

Chinese tourist using Alipay in Japan’s Kansai International Airport. Photo credit: Ant Financial. Airbnb is doubling down on China this year, where it has been

3 big ways in which the Japanese startup ecosystem is changing

June 22, 2017 0

Doing business in Japan has long been associated with overinflated zaibatsu (large Japanese business conglomerate), domestic insularity and a widespread aversion to any kind of

Brief: Japanese ecommerce unicorn hires Facebook exec as it ramps up US expansion

June 22, 2017 0

Co-founder and CEO of Mercari, Shintaro Yamada. Photo credit: Tech in Asia / Michael Holmes. The news: Japan-based online marketplace Mercari is hiring former Facebook

500 Startups’ Japan fund closes at $35m with government backing

June 15, 2017 0

500 Startups’ Japan team. Photo credit: 500 Startups. 500 Startups’ Japan-focused fund has closed fundraising after exceeding its US$30 million target, with an investment from

Live streaming melds with shopping

June 10, 2017 0

Photo montage by Tech in Asia, from stream by Inez Hilda Papp. When you picture someone sitting through 30 minutes of zippy chatter before purchasing

Virtual reality startup wins premier Japanese startup pitch battle

June 9, 2017 0

Infinity Ventures Summit took place earlier this week in the beef capital of Japan, Kobe. Now in its tenth year, the invite-only event is considered