Japan

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

Brief: SoftBank acquires robotics firms from Google

June 9, 2017 0

A military-use variant of Boston Dynamics’ BigDog robot in training with US marines. Photo credit: Sarah Dietz. The news: SoftBank has announced that one of

Will Japan get swept up in China’s bike-sharing craze?

June 8, 2017 0

Photo credit: Mobike. “You wouldn’t be here unless you were thinking about entering Japan market, right?” The question from the moderator was a gentle nudge

The difficulty of being Line’s CTO

June 7, 2017 0

Line CTO Park Euivin. Photo credit: Tech in Asia. “I didn’t exactly apply for the position,” says Park Euivin, CTO of Line, a massive messaging

Plug and Play partners with Japan’s biggest bank to launch Tokyo accelerator

June 6, 2017 0

Representatives of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Plug and Play Japan at the signing of their collaboration agreement. Photo credit: PRNewsfoto/Plug and Play Tech Center.

The difficult job of being Line’s CTO

June 6, 2017 0

Line CTO Park Euivin. Photo credit: Tech in Asia. “I didn’t exactly apply for the position,” says Park Euivin, CTO of Line, a massive messaging

Gobi Partners sells stake in Malaysian startup Hermo to Tokyo-listed Istyle

May 31, 2017 0

The Hermo team. Photo credit: Gobi Partners. Venture capital firm Gobi Partners has sold its stake in Malaysian ecommerce startup Hermo to Japanese company Istyle,

Malaysian payments startup Soft Space gears up for Japan launch with $5m investment

May 26, 2017 0

Kuala Lumpur. Photo credit: Sean Pavone / 123RF. Malaysian payments startup Soft Space has raised US$5 million in its series A funding round. Japanese ecommerce