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    Brief: Japanese government startup fund caught in sexual harassment scandal

Brief: Japanese government startup fund caught in sexual harassment scandal

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 Japan Fund – a government-run

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    3 rising startups in Japan

3 rising startups in Japan

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 like the “paque” in “opaque,”

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    6 rising startups in Japan

6 rising startups in Japan

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 by Bizcast Bizcast, the operator

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

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

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

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3 big ways in which the Japanese startup ecosystem is changing

  3 big ways in which the Japanese startup ecosystem is changing

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

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

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

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

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

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

500 Startups’ Japan team. Photo credit: 500 Startups. 500 Startups’ Japan-focused fund has closed fundraising after exceeding its US$30 million

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Live streaming melds with shopping

  Live streaming melds with shopping

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

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Virtual reality startup wins premier Japanese startup pitch battle

  Virtual reality startup wins premier Japanese startup pitch battle

Infinity Ventures Summit took place earlier this week in the beef capital of Japan, Kobe. Now in its tenth year,

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