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  • Real Networks' facial recognition AI "SAFR" has a mask-on recognition feature

    Real Networks' facial recognition AI "SAFR" has a mask-on recognition feature

    On April 2, Real Networks launched "SAFR 2.0" which added a mask-on recognition functionality to the AI Engine "SAFR"

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  • Jiraffe, the owner of purchase price comparison website Hikakaku!, procures 6.08M USD funds

    Jiraffe, the owner of purchase price comparison website Hikakaku!, procures 6.08M USD funds

    Jiraffe has announced on April 2 its procurement of approximately 660M JPY (approx. 6.08M USD) via third-party allocation of shares and loans from financial institutions. Underwriters include DG Ventures.

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  • Kaizen Platform establishes joint venture DX Catalyst with NTT Advertising

    Kaizen Platform establishes joint venture DX Catalyst with NTT Advertising

    On April 1, Kaizen Platform strengthened its capital tie-up with NTT Advertising and established a joint venture, DX Catalyst, to provide support for companies' digital experiences (DX).

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  • Launch of a plan to reduce traffic accidents by 30% through the cloud-based driving management service “AI-Contact”

    Launch of a plan to reduce traffic accidents by 30% through the cloud-based driving management service “AI-Contact”

    On April 1, Genext launched a plan that commits to a 30% reduction in traffic accidents through the cloud-based driving management service “AI-Contact.”

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  • Digital wallet app Kyash raises $43.7M in Series C funding round

    Digital wallet app Kyash raises $43.7M in Series C funding round

    Kyash announced on March 31 that it raised approximately ¥4.7 billion (approximately US $43,700,000) in funds in a Series C round. This brings Kyash's cumulative total of funds to ¥7.4 billion (approximately $68,800,000).

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  • ChillStack AI security conducts the first round of financing

    ChillStack AI security conducts the first round of financing

    ChillStack announced on March 31 that it has raised approximately 30 million yen (approximately $280,000) through a private placement. The underwriter is DeepCore, an AI-specific incubator. This will be ChillStack's first round of funding.

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  • Free service launched that allows anyone to easily use satellite images

    Free service launched that allows anyone to easily use satellite images

    On March 30, Datafluct released the beta version of "DATAFLUCT discovery", which allows anyone to easily search for and detect objects from satellite images.

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  • Official launch of Kurasoune, the matchmaking service between construction companies and those seeking demolition

    Official launch of Kurasoune, the matchmaking service between construction companies and those seeking demolition

    Crassone announced on March 30 that they will officially launch Kurasoune, the matchmaking service between construction companies and clients seeking house demolition. The service will begin on April 1.

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  • Even if you're physically separated, you can have an online drinking party with the newly-launched "Takunomu" web tool

    Even if you're physically separated, you can have an online drinking party with the newly-launched "Takunomu" web tool

    On March 28, 1010 Inc. launched the "Takunomu" online drinking party web tool.

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  • Faboc announced Landscaping Cloud, business management system for landscaping companies

    Faboc announced Landscaping Cloud, business management system for landscaping companies

    On March 25, Faboc made an announcement regarding "Landscaping Cloud (Zouen Cloud)," a business management system for landscaping companies. Sale of the system will start from April 1.

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  • K3 raises $1.76M to escalate the development of products for governments

    K3 raises $1.76M to escalate the development of products for governments

    On March 26, K3 announced that it had raised a total of 190 million yen (approximately $1.76 million) through a third-party allocation of shares. This is the company's first round of funding. The allocation will be to the MIC Innovation V Limited Liability Fund, operated by Mobile Internet Capital.

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  • Launch of "CREZIT," a one-stop mobile credit service for smartphones

    Launch of "CREZIT," a one-stop mobile credit service for smartphones

    Crezit launched "CREZIT," a one-stop service where users can obtain unsecured loans by using their smartphones to register and complete the borrowing process, on March 26. Although it had begun accepting pre-registrations from December 17, 2019, CREZIT has started to offer services starting from a basic plan with a maximum credit limit of 100,000 yen (around $927) and a 0% interest rate.

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  • Amegumi sells work smartphones to farmers in India, Rwanda, other countries

    Amegumi sells work smartphones to farmers in India, Rwanda, other countries

    On March 24, Amegumi announced that it has sold 20 SUNBLAZE Phone work smartphone units in India, 200 in Rwanda, 20 in Brazil, and 10 in Myanmar, with farmers and retail shop staff as the primary end users.

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  • Mercari protects open patents, joins the Open Invention Network

    Mercari protects open patents, joins the Open Invention Network

    Mercari announced on March 26 that it had joined the Open Invention Network and LOT Network on March 24.

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  • A.L.I. develops spherical drones capable of performing inspection in narrow indoor spaces

    A.L.I. develops spherical drones capable of performing inspection in narrow indoor spaces

    A.L.I. Technologies announced on March 27 that it has completed the development of a new spherical drone that can be used for inspection of narrow indoor spaces.

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  • Compass launches recruitment agency service providing online career counseling

    Compass launches recruitment agency service providing online career counseling

    On March 24, Compass announced the launch of the CHOICE!+ Recruitment Agency. The service will help people find new jobs through online career consultation. Applicants will be matched with companies that have registered for the service, including publicly listed companies and startups.

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  • Plimes swallow meter "GOKURI" raises a total of 1.35M USD funds and forms business alliance with Cyberdyne

    Plimes swallow meter "GOKURI" raises a total of 1.35M USD funds and forms business alliance with Cyberdyne

    Plime has announced on March 24 that it has raised 150 million JPY (approx. 1.35M USD) in seed rounds via third-party allotment of shares. The underwriter was Cyberdyne, forming a business alliance between the two companies.

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  • Balus and Tokyu Recreation, advancing a VR-related business through partnership

    Balus and Tokyu Recreation, advancing a VR-related business through partnership

    On March 23, Balus and Tokyu Recreation announced a partnership for a business that combines reality with virtual reality.

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  • Alp procures a total of $2.83M in funding

    Alp procures a total of $2.83M in funding

    On March 23, Alp announced that it had procured a total of 315 million yen (approx. $2.83 million) in funding. Investment agreements were signed with DNX Ventures, Dentsu Ventures, ANRI, and PKSHA SPARX Algorithm Fund. The company also obtained 150 million yen (Approx. $1.35 million) in funding in March 2019.

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  • AISing, a company specializing in edge AI, raises a total of $6.29M

    AISing, a company specializing in edge AI, raises a total of $6.29M

    AISing announced on March 23 that it has raised a total of 700 million yen (around $6.29 million) in its Series B round of financing.

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  • Jooto announces new feature for consolidated management of progress across multiple projects

    Jooto announces new feature for consolidated management of progress across multiple projects

    On March 18, PR TIMES announced the release of a new feature from cloud-based task/project management tool Jooto. This feature allows users to view the progress of all their tasks across multiple projects in one place.

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  • Caster supports remote work for call centers

    Caster supports remote work for call centers

    On March 19, in collaboration with Karakuri, Caster launched a service to support remote work systems in the call center industry.

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  • Amnimo begins development of Edge Gateway industrial-use LTE gateway

    Amnimo begins development of Edge Gateway industrial-use LTE gateway

    On March 23, Amnimo announced the development of Edge Gateway, an industrial-use LTE gateway featuring high robustness.

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  • Zenkigen, operator of web interview service HARUTAKA,  raises $7.32 million in funding

    Zenkigen, operator of web interview service HARUTAKA, raises $7.32 million in funding

    Zenkigen announced on March 18 that it has raised ¥800 million (approximately $7.3 million) through a third-party allotment. With WiL as the lead investor, the financing is underwritten by Delight Ventures, Pksha Sparx Algorithm No.1 Investment Limited Partnership, and others. This brings the total financing, including the seed round, to ¥1 billion (approximately $9.15 million).

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  • Beta launch of Wantedly Perk, a range of exclusive privileges supporting employee success and retention

    Beta launch of Wantedly Perk, a range of exclusive privileges supporting employee success and retention

    On March 17, Wantedly launched the Beta version of Wantedly Perk to its enterprise users, free of charge. Wantedly Perk offers a range of exclusive privileges to employees at discounted prices.

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  • JR East begins field testing of "soba robot" in Higashi-Koganei Station

    JR East begins field testing of "soba robot" in Higashi-Koganei Station

    JR East Start UP began field testing of a "soba robot" at Sobaichi Nonowa's Higashi-Koganei restaurant inside JR Higashi-Koganei Station on March 16.

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  • "4real," a cross-border trading platform specializing in figures that come with a guarantee of authenticity

    "4real," a cross-border trading platform specializing in figures that come with a guarantee of authenticity

    On March 17, Uridoki released "4real," a cross-border trading platform specializing in figures that come with a guarantee of authenticity.

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  • Tablecheck releases a “Waitlist” function that declares it will reduce phone calls to waiting customers to zero

    Tablecheck releases a “Waitlist” function that declares it will reduce phone calls to waiting customers to zero

    On March 16, Tablecheck began offering a new "Waitlist" function on the TableCheck portal site for restaurant searches and reservations. This function supports 18 languages and it is said that it will reduce the workload of restaurants when it comes to managing lines and waits.

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  • Upward, which supports visit-based activities, raises $5.2M

    Upward, which supports visit-based activities, raises $5.2M

    On March 13, Upward announced that it has raised funds of 550 million yen (approx. $5.2 million). Third-party allotment of shares will be performed for DBJ Capital as the lead investor and other underwriters including the funds managed by Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, DNX Ventures, and Nippon Venture Capital.

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  • Drobe delivers clothing selected by AI and pro stylists

    Drobe delivers clothing selected by AI and pro stylists

    On March 13, Drobe began providing the personal styling service DROBE where pro stylists and the company’s proprietary styling AI collaborate to regularly select and deliver products (clothing, shoes, and fashion accessories) that match the user’s preferences, body type, and budget.

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  • Ambii trial implementation of a multilingual digital medical questionnaire for 12 languages ​​in Tsukuba City

    Ambii trial implementation of a multilingual digital medical questionnaire for 12 languages ​​in Tsukuba City

    On March 13, Ambii, a startup company from the University of Tsukuba, has launched a trial implementation of Ambii Questionnaire, a multilingual digital medical questionnaire for 12 languages, at a clinic ​​in Tsukuba City.

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  • Visasq newly listed on the Mothers Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

    Visasq newly listed on the Mothers Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

    Visasqx announced on March 10 that has been newly listed on the Mothers Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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  • Laboratik, the company that operates the team communication analysis service "We.,"  raises funds of $2M

    Laboratik, the company that operates the team communication analysis service "We.," raises funds of $2M

    Laboratik announced on March 10 that it has raised a total of 210 million yen (around $1.97 million). Underwriters include Archetype Ventures, Deepcore, Mizuho Capital, Eltes, Party, and Artesian.

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  • Ellie raises $417,000 for Silk Food, a next-generation food product made from silkworms

    Ellie raises $417,000 for Silk Food, a next-generation food product made from silkworms

    Ellie announced on March 12 that it had raised approximately $417,000 (¥45 million) through a third-party allocation of shares. The funding round was backed by Ibis Partners, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital and Keiyo Gas.

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  • AIQ procures over $10 million in funding

    AIQ procures over $10 million in funding

    On March 9, AIQ announced that it had procured approximately 1.1 billion yen (approx. $10.48 million) in Series B funding

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  • Launch of international services for PidPort, a digital pathology AI analysis solution

    Launch of international services for PidPort, a digital pathology AI analysis solution

    On March 10, Medmain officially launched international services for PidPort, a digital pathology AI analysis solution.

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  • Launch of "Forever," a memorial service that stores and shares the memories of a loved one who has passed away as a webpage

    Launch of "Forever," a memorial service that stores and shares the memories of a loved one who has passed away as a webpage

    On March 10, Digital Memories announced that it will be launching "Forever," a service for creating "memorial pages for a loved one who has passed away" on the Internet. "Memorial pages for a loved one who has passed away" can be easily created by entering the information of the individual in question, and the page can be viewed by anyone on the Internet.

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  • Metro Engine Event Plan is an event data-specific tool available from $960 per month

    Metro Engine Event Plan is an event data-specific tool available from $960 per month

    Metro Engine launched the Metro Engine Event Plan tool from March 5, allowing users to look up lists of data on events throughout Japan.

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  • 00One launches beta version of Karma, a SaaS search engine that visualizes IoT device information

    00One launches beta version of Karma, a SaaS search engine that visualizes IoT device information

    On March 5, 00One launched the beta version of its SaaS search engine Karma, which visualizes information about IoT devices.

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  • University of Tokyo initiated AI research institute Nablas opens facility for AI human resources development

    University of Tokyo initiated AI research institute Nablas opens facility for AI human resources development

    Nablas, an institute for general research on AI established by researchers from the University of Tokyo, has opened iLect Studio in the Hongo district of Bunkyo, Tokyo. The facility will serve as an AI community base, hosting lectures, seminars and other events for iLect, an AI human resources cultivation service.

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  • Intellectual property agreement support office Merito Partners enters partnership for AI patent examination and AI trademark registration

    Intellectual property agreement support office Merito Partners enters partnership for AI patent examination and AI trademark registration

    On March 4, Merito Partners announced a business partnership with AI Samurai, which develops and sells AI patent examination simulation system AI SamuraiR, and Cotobox, which provides online trademark registration services.

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  • CBcloud releases “SmaRyu,” an innovative new brand that makes “logistics smarter from the site”

    CBcloud releases “SmaRyu,” an innovative new brand that makes “logistics smarter from the site”

    On March 4, CBcloud released a new brand, “SmaRyu.” The concept is making “logistics smarter from the site.”

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  • Cansell is a service to sell unneeded hotel reservations to another party. The listing fee is now free for March hotel reservations

    Cansell is a service to sell unneeded hotel reservations to another party. The listing fee is now free for March hotel reservations

    On March 3, Cansell announced that their "Cansell" service to transfer unneeded hotel reservations will accept listings for hotel check-in reservations in March for free.

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  • Overflow raises $1M for second-job recruitment platform

    Overflow raises $1M for second-job recruitment platform

    Overflow announced on March 3 that it had raised ¥100 million (about 951,600 dollars). The seed round was backed by East Ventures, DNX Ventures, Suguru Namura, Taira Sakuma, Yo Nagami, Yusuke Asakura, Hu Hua and several other investors.

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  • TableCheck released “Insight,” optimizing restaurant management

    TableCheck released “Insight,” optimizing restaurant management

    On March 1, TableCheck started providing "Insight," a BI tool that utilizes data to optimize restaurant management.

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  • "mend", a start-up offering LINE consultation about everyday issues, raises a total of about US$1.22M and starts accepting pre-registration

    "mend", a start-up offering LINE consultation about everyday issues, raises a total of about US$1.22M and starts accepting pre-registration

    On March 2, Somewhere launched pre-registration for its online partner service "mend".

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  • Bsize has announced the sale of the second generation model of the AI protection robot, GPS BoT

    Bsize has announced the sale of the second generation model of the AI protection robot, GPS BoT

    On March 2, Bsize began selling the second generation model of the AI protection robot, GPS BoT. GPS BoT is put into children's backpacks to carry around, and automatically connects to mobile phone lines- it provides a protection service and tells you your child's whereabouts. The cloud AI automatically learns locations such as your home, your child's school, and places they often visit. It also has a feature to let parents and guardians know when a child has left or arrived at a destination via smartphone notifications.

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  • APB has acquired a production site and plant for the mass production of the next-generation lithium-ion battery "All Polymer Battery"

    APB has acquired a production site and plant for the mass production of the next-generation lithium-ion battery "All Polymer Battery"

    APB announced on March 2 that it has newly acquired a production site and building in Echizen City of Fukui prefecture to pilot the mass-production of the next-generation lithium-ion battery "All Polymer Battery." On-site operations are scheduled to commence in 2021.

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  • THE SEED underwrites third-party allocation of shares of "Cloud Franchise", which maximizes restaurant kitchen occupancy rates

    THE SEED underwrites third-party allocation of shares of "Cloud Franchise", which maximizes restaurant kitchen occupancy rates

    On February 26, The Seed Capital, as THESEEDCAPITAL No. 1 LLP (THE SEED), announced that it was underwriting a third-party allocation of shares by CLOUD FRANCHISE, operater of the Cloud Franchise service that maximizes restaurant kitchen occupancy rates.

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  • “giv” is a value exchange platform that makes it possible for people like farmers and fishermen to connect directly with consumers without paying shipping charges

    “giv” is a value exchange platform that makes it possible for people like farmers and fishermen to connect directly with consumers without paying shipping charges

    On February 28, the pay it forward platform giv, which sends value and connects people with gratitude, announced that it would start operations for farmers and fishermen to send vegetables, rice, fish, and more directly to households without any shipping charges.

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  • The FUJIMI BEAUTY FACE MASK customizes the beauty essence using diagnostic results

    The FUJIMI BEAUTY FACE MASK customizes the beauty essence using diagnostic results

    On February 27, Toriko will begin reservation sales of customizable FUJIMI BEAUTY FACE MASK from FUJIMI, which proposes customized prescriptions based on skin diagnostics. General sales will begin on March 16.

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  • An IoT service for office spaces that can check the empty status of bathrooms

    An IoT service for office spaces that can check the empty status of bathrooms

    On February 26, SenseWay began offering their office bathroom service, “ToiletMaster.”

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  • The rental service, Rentio, has raised funds totaling $9.1M

    The rental service, Rentio, has raised funds totaling $9.1M

    Rentio announced on February 25 that they have raised funds totaling one billion Yen (9,100,000 US dollars). They intend to use this on expanding and strengthening their organization via project investment and obtaining human resources.

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  • Provision of repair services for HiKOKI products through craftsperson matching app

    Provision of repair services for HiKOKI products through craftsperson matching app

    On February 25, Koki Holdings launched a repair service for its HiKOKI power tool brand, offered through the Sukedachi matching app.

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  • Locus Mapping automatically obtains the positions of inventory and products and displays them on a digital map

    Locus Mapping automatically obtains the positions of inventory and products and displays them on a digital map

    On February 25, RF Locus announced Locus Mapping, which can automatically obtain the positions of inventory and products and display them on a digital map.

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  • Transfer agency "Jimoty Spot" established, supporting the exchange of unnecessary goods within a local community

    Transfer agency "Jimoty Spot" established, supporting the exchange of unnecessary goods within a local community

    Jimoty established "Jimoty Spot" on their titular community information website on February 25. The service carries out transfers for sellers when a deal is made on the website.

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  • A demonstration that will clearly prove the correlation between consumer purchasing activity, dietary habits, and personal physical conditions in Kobe

    A demonstration that will clearly prove the correlation between consumer purchasing activity, dietary habits, and personal physical conditions in Kobe

    On February 21, Sirutasu announced that it was launching a demonstration in Kobe that will utilize consumer purchasing data to monitor and manage personal health.

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  • Japan’s first subscription patent service begins

    Japan’s first subscription patent service begins

    Techno-idea began offering License Bank, Japan’s first subscription patent service, on February 20. It costs ¥38,500 per month (approximately $344).

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  • Resily raises USD 4.47 million in funding

    Resily raises USD 4.47 million in funding

    On February 20, Resily announced that it has raised a total of approximately JPY 500 million (approximately USD 4.47 million) through third-party allotment, with DNX Ventures and Salesforce.com as underwriters.

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  • Proof-of-concept for the “TOISORU” IoT solution for toilet visualization to be conducted at LUCUA Osaka

    Proof-of-concept for the “TOISORU” IoT solution for toilet visualization to be conducted at LUCUA Osaka

    On February 19, Maglab, Shibutani, and WingArc1st announced that a proof-of-concept for the “TOISORU” IoT solution for showing the usage status of toilets will be conducted at LUCUA Osaka.

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  • BioAsseT Web - Supporting preventative measures by visualizing the risk of swine flu in pig farms

    BioAsseT Web - Supporting preventative measures by visualizing the risk of swine flu in pig farms

    Eco-Pork released its BI tool, BioAsseT Web, which support counter measures for, and visualize serious infectious diseases, such as the classical swine flu (CSF) and the African swine flu (ASF) on February 19.

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  • Official launch of free cloud invoice management service INVOY

    Official launch of free cloud invoice management service INVOY

    Olta announced the official launch of the cloud invoice management service INVOY on February 18.

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  • Experience communication in the age of AR glasses at "Spatial Message"

    Experience communication in the age of AR glasses at "Spatial Message"

    Meson announced on February 18 that it will be holding "Spatial Message," a hands-on demonstration-cum-exhibition of the concept of communication in the age of AR glasses.

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  • Kindergarten bus location information look-up service by UniFa

    Kindergarten bus location information look-up service by UniFa

    On February 17, UniFa announced Lookmee Bus Location Information, which will enable people to find out the current location of a kindergarten/nursery school bus in real-time. They will begin offering it in mid-March.

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  • Nagoya Grampus website, app to be available in multiple languages with WOVN.io

    Nagoya Grampus website, app to be available in multiple languages with WOVN.io

    On February 14, Wovn Technologies, the company behind WOVN.io, announced they will be making the Nagoya Grampus website and app available in multiple languages.

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  • Launch of "Katachi Space," a service that allows users to create and share 3D data using a technology reminiscent of smartphone photography

    Launch of "Katachi Space," a service that allows users to create and share 3D data using a technology reminiscent of smartphone photography

    On February 14, Casica launched the service "Katachi Space," which allows users to create 3D data and share this mobile-oriented data by utilizing AR technology. This service is compatible with iOS.

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  • According to the self-analysis tool, Seikaku Navi, more men than women feel like they are missing love in their lives

    According to the self-analysis tool, Seikaku Navi, more men than women feel like they are missing love in their lives

    ProcessJapan Inc. announced that as of February 14, over 5,000 users had used their self-analysis tool Seikaku Navi to diagnose themselves. When analyzing the data, it became apparent that more men than women felt like they are missing love in their lives.

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  • VRoid Project to release lightweight models and multiplayer SDK, making it easier to use 3D avatars

    VRoid Project to release lightweight models and multiplayer SDK, making it easier to use 3D avatars

    On February 12, Pixiv announced it would release two new features for VRoid Project, the company's 3D character project. The project will add an option to export lightweight models for users and a multiplayer SDK for developers. The features will be released in spring.

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  • NEUTRANS BIZ adds 3 rooms including LargeField, where you can experience huge buildings at full scale in VR

    NEUTRANS BIZ adds 3 rooms including LargeField, where you can experience huge buildings at full scale in VR

    On February 13, through its VR collaboration service NEUTRANS BIZ, Synamon added features including the ability to display huge buildings at full scale.

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  • Iris Ohyama launches "FOODEE," LED lights that make food products look more appealing

    Iris Ohyama launches "FOODEE," LED lights that make food products look more appealing

    Iris Ohyama announced on February 12 that it will be launching "FOODEE," an LED lighting series suited for use at fresh food sales counters. "FOODEE" will go on sale in March.

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  • Major health checkup tool Lafool Survey receives major refresh

    Major health checkup tool Lafool Survey receives major refresh

    On February 13, Lafool announced a major refresh of the Lafool Survey health checkup tool that it develops and operates.

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  • A solution that combines a robot arm and a sensor that quantifies softness

    A solution that combines a robot arm and a sensor that quantifies softness

    On February 12, Afrel and Shinkoh Electronics announced their partnership to sell a product that combines “DOBOT Magician,” the small robot arm, and “SOFTGRAM,” the sensor that quantifies softness.

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  • Skymark pilots Sutelura's egg freezing and fertility treatment employee welfare platform

    Skymark pilots Sutelura's egg freezing and fertility treatment employee welfare platform

    Sutelura announced on February 10 that Stokk, an employee welfare platform that provides support for egg freezing and fertility treatment, had been introduced on a trial basis by Skymark.

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  • Posture analysis system “Posture Medical Record Quick Version” immediately shows the posture improvement results from chiropractic and other procedures

    Posture analysis system “Posture Medical Record Quick Version” immediately shows the posture improvement results from chiropractic and other procedures

    On February 7, Sapeet began providing the “Posture Medical Record Quick Version” posture analysis system that was developed using deep learning.

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  • Launch of "Real Change Investment" proof-of-concept project that turns everyday change into investment fund

    Launch of "Real Change Investment" proof-of-concept project that turns everyday change into investment fund

    On February 12, Toranotec launched the proof-of-concept "Real Change Investment" project.

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  • Crowdfunding site Makuake forms business partnership with "note"

    Crowdfunding site Makuake forms business partnership with "note"

    On February 6, Makuake announced a business partnership between crowdfunding site Makuake, which is run by Makuake, and the media platform "note," which is run by Piece of Cake.

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  • Launch of new service that allows for low-cost customer surveys to be conducted through the online customer analytics service “KARTE”

    Launch of new service that allows for low-cost customer surveys to be conducted through the online customer analytics service “KARTE”

    On February 6, Plaid launched “Usability Scale,” which allows customers to conduct direct surveys among users of websites and smartphone apps to gather user feedback, as well as to obtain service and usability-related quantitative assessments and segment-specific analysis reports, through the service “KARTE” which is also run by the same company.

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  • Bebot, an AI chatbot for foreign visitors to Japan, provides information on the novel coronavirus in multiple languages ​​free of charge

    Bebot, an AI chatbot for foreign visitors to Japan, provides information on the novel coronavirus in multiple languages ​​free of charge

    Bepoke announced on February 4 that it has started providing free information on the novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection on its AI chatbot, Bebot for foreign visitors to Japan. This service will be available until February 29. However, this period may be extended, taking into account how the novel coronavirus ends up. It is targeted for use by both corporations and individuals.

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  • Communicate information regarding condo sales, residential contracts, and tenant management with just one app

    Communicate information regarding condo sales, residential contracts, and tenant management with just one app

    And Force began sales of the app Sumaiful on February 6th. Sumaiful is a communication app that allows developers to cut time and costs by handling all information communication from the sale of a condo to after the tenant moves in with a single app.

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  • Analyzing the spread of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus based on social media posts

    Analyzing the spread of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus based on social media posts

    On February 6, Spectee announced the development of a system that uses AI (artificial intelligence) to analyze the spread of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus based on information posted to social networking services. The system has been made available to relevant organizations.

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  • CRIEPI proposes next-generation high-performance optical sensor new principles for field effect transistors

    CRIEPI proposes next-generation high-performance optical sensor new principles for field effect transistors

    On February 6, the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) announced that a field effect transistor manufactured using semiconductor nano crystals with a dual structure has a large photocurrent amplification effect the exceeds that of conventional devices.

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  • Virtual farming with "Smart3tene" for smart agriculture

    Virtual farming with "Smart3tene" for smart agriculture

    On February 5, PlusPlus released the agriculture simulator Smart3tene. Robots are used in smart agriculture in many areas such as harvesting. However, there are many factors that affect the cultivation different crops and because the appropriate time frame for each agricultural task varies, it is difficult to prepare the required machine learning data for robots to operate.

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  • Jichi Medical University startup “DeepEyeVision,” launches AI diagnosis support solution for ophthalmology

    Jichi Medical University startup “DeepEyeVision,” launches AI diagnosis support solution for ophthalmology

    DeepEyeVision announced on February 5 that a cloud-based AI diagnosis support solution using imaging diagnosis AI will be launched to improve the diagnosis speed and accuracy of ophthalmologists.

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  • Japan's first online pet consultation and medical care system "MiruPet"

    Japan's first online pet consultation and medical care system "MiruPet"

    On February 4, Mirupet announced that it will be launching the online consultation and medical care system "MiruPet" in the spring of 2020, with its services primarily offered in Tokyo.

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  • Enterprise information database firm Baseconnect raises $16.41M in funding; number of adopting companies exceeds 30,000

    Enterprise information database firm Baseconnect raises $16.41M in funding; number of adopting companies exceeds 30,000

    On February 4, Baseconnect Inc. announced the procurement of a total ¥1.8 billion (about $16.41 million) in funding from lead investor YJ Capital Inc., as well as parties including East Ventures, Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., Uzabase Inc., Canal Ventures Ltd., Kyogin Lease & Capital Co., Ltd., JAFCO Co., Ltd., Orient Corporation, Kyoto Shinkin Innovation C Fund, the Bank of Kyoto, Ltd., Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and Japan Finance Corporation.

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  • Preview edition released for "aiPass," which handles everything from check-in to tourism from a smartphone

    Preview edition released for "aiPass," which handles everything from check-in to tourism from a smartphone

    Cuicin released the preview edition of "aiPass," a smart operation service which simplifies travel, on February 1.

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  • Patent application made for technology to detect "incongruities" from surveillance camera images

    Patent application made for technology to detect "incongruities" from surveillance camera images

    AI application developer Ajilla announced on January 31 that it has acquired domestic patents and has applied for overseas patents aimed at the productization of Anora, a product that detects "incongruities" in video data captured by security and surveillance cameras.

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  • The minicar activity “High Speed Colors” launches in Shibuya

    The minicar activity “High Speed Colors” launches in Shibuya

    Sony will open the new sensory race activity “High Speed Colors - New Sensory Racetrack Created with Sony -” for the Sony Square Shibuya Project from February 13 to late April.

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  • Clear, which oversees the luxury Japanese sake brand "SAKE100," has raised funds of $2.3M

    Clear, which oversees the luxury Japanese sake brand "SAKE100," has raised funds of $2.3M

    Clear announced on February 3rd that it has raised a total of 250 million yen(about 2.3 million dollars) in funding. The funds raised will be used to invest in the overseas operations of the luxury Japanese sake brand "SAKE100" and to enhance its branding in Japan.

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  • Exploring the possibilities of incentives for nth creations with the "nth Distribution Project"

    Exploring the possibilities of incentives for nth creations with the "nth Distribution Project"

    Dentsuannounced the "nth Distribution Project" on January 22, a joint research project on content monetization using blockchain technology.

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  • Online service takes care of your employee payroll calculations and attendance management

    Online service takes care of your employee payroll calculations and attendance management

    On January 31, Caster started offering the personnel labor management assistant service "CASTER BIZ HR".

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  • Interactive AI interview service SHaiN adds new feature allowing reuse of interview data

    Interactive AI interview service SHaiN adds new feature allowing reuse of interview data

    On January 27, Talent and Assessment added an open interview feature to SHaiN, the company's interactive AI interview service. The new feature enables job applicants to reuse data from interviews for applications to additional companies. The feature is available for free under SHaiN's Standard Plan.

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  • New AI-generated meal advice service will increase your salary

    New AI-generated meal advice service will increase your salary

    SignalTalk announced on January 29 that it has officially launched WorkUp AI, the world's first service for health-conscious office workers. The service uses AI to offer advice on meals that will lead to improved work performance and increase lifetime income. The service for individual users is priced at ¥9,800 (about $90) per month. There are also plans to launch a service aimed at corporations.

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  • Launch of new service to automate scheduling in business scenarios

    Launch of new service to automate scheduling in business scenarios

    Mixtend announced the launch of TimeRex, a scheduling automation service that resolves scheduling problem in business scenarios. A free plan offering basic features free of charge is also offered. Mixtend claims that even people who infrequently perform scheduling can use TimeRex with ease.

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  • A program to support nutrition management for athletes with BASE FOOD, a complete nutrition staple

    A program to support nutrition management for athletes with BASE FOOD, a complete nutrition staple

    On January 28, Base Food began accepting entries for BASE SPORTS PROJECT, which uses the company's complete nutrition staple BASE FOOD to support the resolution of nutrition management issues faced by athletes.

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  • Online interview company offers free services in preparation for the spread of the new coronavirus

    Online interview company offers free services in preparation for the spread of the new coronavirus

    In preparation of the spread of the new coronavirus, Stadium has announced that it will offer its non-face to face online interview tool, Interview Maker, to businesses currently recruiting new workers.

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  • Offering of Japan’s first P2P insurance (Warikan Insurance) gradually starts on January 28

    Offering of Japan’s first P2P insurance (Warikan Insurance) gradually starts on January 28

    Small amount short-term insurance company justInCase announced the launch of Japan’s first P2P insurance (Warikan Insurance) based on regulatory sandbox certification received on July 5, 2019. It was decided to collaborate with 8 partner companies for the launch. Sales of the insurance by justInCase and the partner companies will gradually start on January 28.

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  • Pokémon cloud service "Pokémon Home" available starting February 2020

    Pokémon cloud service "Pokémon Home" available starting February 2020

    Pokémon has announced the new cloud service Pokémon Home for Nintendo Switch and mobile, with its concept being "a place where all Pokémon gather."

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  • Subscription service for unlimited exchange of office furniture and appliances now available

    Subscription service for unlimited exchange of office furniture and appliances now available

    Clas announced on January 27 its launching of Japan's first Unlimited Exchange service. This service allows subscribers to freely use and exchange furniture, fixtures, and appliances for offices and stores. Subscribers can freely make such exchanges as many times as they want, as long as within their subscribed plan. Prices start at 500 JPY per month (about 4.6 USD) with no initial cost.

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  • Launch of AI training material that allows users to engage in the automatic driving of robot cars through deep learning

    Launch of AI training material that allows users to engage in the automatic driving of robot cars through deep learning

    Afrel has announced that it has developed the training material "Deep Learning with Robots: TensorFlow×Educational version ED3 Automatic Driving," which allows users to acquire deep learning skills via the experience of creating automatic driving systems for robot cars.

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  • Online love fortune-telling service launches

    Online love fortune-telling service launches

    On January 26, cory announced the launch of "amory," a service targeted at women with love troubles that provides simple, online love fortune-telling. Registration is free, and fees for advice start from ¥500 (approx. 4.6 USD).

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  • Sparty, which makes personalized shampoo, gets roughly $5.5M in financing from four companies

    Sparty, which makes personalized shampoo, gets roughly $5.5M in financing from four companies

    In December 2019, Sparty announced that it received financing through third-party allocation of shares, totaling roughly ¥600 million (about $5.5 million) from four companies, including the Marui group. Underwriters include the Marui Group, XTech Ventures, Akatsuki, and Jins Holdings.

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  • Border, provider of the Business Travel Support Cloud, raises funds of roughly $1.37M

    Border, provider of the Business Travel Support Cloud, raises funds of roughly $1.37M

    Border, which provides the business travel support cloud "BORDER," has announced that it has allocated roughly ¥150 million (roughly $1.37 million) worth of new shares to third parties. The subscribers are Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital 2018 V Investment Limited Partnership, which is operated by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, and PKSHA SPARX Algorithm No. 1 Investment Limited Partnership, which is jointly operated by PKSHA Technology Capital and SPARX AI & Technologies Investment.

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  • Key Technology’s Bitkey procures total funding of $35.6M

    Key Technology’s Bitkey procures total funding of $35.6M

    Bitkey, a Key Technology company, announced it has procured total funding of 3.903 billion yen (approx. $35.6 million). Approximately 3.44 billion yen (approx. $31.4 million) of the funding is via a third-party allotment coming from 10 companies including Goldman Sachs with the remaining 460 million yen (approx. $4.2 million) being financed by Resona Bank and Mizuho Bank. The total amount of funding procured since the company founding is approx. 5 billion yen (approx. $45.7 million).

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  • Graffity, who are developing an AR battle game, raise about $910,000 USD in additional funding

    Graffity, who are developing an AR battle game, raise about $910,000 USD in additional funding

    Graffity announced on January 21 that it has raised a total of about 100 million yen (approximately $910,000 USD) through bonds with stock acquisition rights with two angel investors, in addition to Deepcore and East Ventures. They are in their pre-series A investment round. The amount of funds procured has reached 210 million yen (approx. $2 million USD).

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  • Minna no Market, which runs one of the biggest Internet malls in Japan, gets financing of $3.7M

    Minna no Market, which runs one of the biggest Internet malls in Japan, gets financing of $3.7M

    Minna no Market announced on January 21st that it has received a total of ¥4 billion (about 3.7 million USD) in financing. A lead investor from the series A round, Nissei Capital, as well as Globis Capital, Sony, Innovation Growth Ventures, and Zenrin DataCom, comprise new underwriters and debt financing from Japan Finance Corporation.

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  • Origami Pay integrated into merpay and placed under the umbrella of the Mercari Group

    Origami Pay integrated into merpay and placed under the umbrella of the Mercari Group

    Origami, which provides the smartphone payment service “Origami Pay,” and merpay have announced that they have reached an agreement for merpay to acquire all shares of Origami, which will join the Mercari Group. The actual transfer of shares is scheduled for February 25.

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  • Study service Studyplus raises a total of approximately $6.36M in capital investment

    Study service Studyplus raises a total of approximately $6.36M in capital investment

    Studyplus has announced that they have raised approximately 700 million yen (about 6.36 million USD) through venture capital, education companies, other companies, and third-party allocation of capital underwritten by independent investors. The cumulative amount of capital raised is now about 170 million yen (approx. $15.45 million).

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  • Launch of $60 daily lunch service in Kyoto city

    Launch of $60 daily lunch service in Kyoto city

    Ijigen has announced that it will be launching the lunch service "always LUNCH" in the Omiya area of Nakagyo-ku and the Saiin area of Ukyo-ku in Kyoto City at a flat rate of US$60 (¥5,980, excluding tax) on January 20th, where customers can have lunch every day at their partner restaurants.

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  • Offering a human resource management platform that lets you visualize candidates' motivation

    Offering a human resource management platform that lets you visualize candidates' motivation

    On January 20, Herp released the beta version of the "HERP Nurture," a human resource management platform perfectly suited for the new era of employee-led hiring methods, or SCRUM hiring. With clear visuals describing both potential candidates' motivation to get the job, and your approach to recruiting them, you'll be able to communicate as effectively as possible.

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  • Natural language processing engine "Qontextual" that improves the accuracy of various FAQs

    Natural language processing engine "Qontextual" that improves the accuracy of various FAQs

    ExaWizards launched the FAQ search engine "Qontextual" on January 16.

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  • Release of a VR training service for hairdressers

    Release of a VR training service for hairdressers

    Tres Innovation has announced "hairVR", a VR training service for hairdressers, developed in partnership with Omotesando hair salons and Luxe. The closed beta release date is January 16. The official release date is scheduled for March 1.

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  • Crowdfunding that aspires to make music experience with cloth speakers

    Crowdfunding that aspires to make music experience with cloth speakers

    ish announced that it has started crowdfunding in order to successfully implement the fashion installation "Sound Fabric Orchestra", where soft cloth speakers can be experienced.

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  • First successful fundraising in Japan by an agricultural chemical startup

    First successful fundraising in Japan by an agricultural chemical startup

    AgroDesign Studio has announced that it has raised funds from Real Tech Fund, Incubate Fund, and others to close its first seed stage funding round. A total of roughly 100 million yen will be raised, including the close of the second seed stage funding round (closed). This is the first case of venture capital fundraising by a Japanese agricultural chemical startup.

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  • Cat monitoring technology startup Rabo raises $9.1M in a third-party allocation of shares

    Cat monitoring technology startup Rabo raises $9.1M in a third-party allocation of shares

    Rabo has announced that it raised about ¥100 million (approximately $910,000) through a third-party allocation of shares. The funding round was led by iSGS Investment Works, W ventures, iPLAB Startups and Takuma Iwasa, the representative director of Shiftall.

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  • Sales talk analysis company Cognitee procures $4.5M

    Sales talk analysis company Cognitee procures $4.5M

    Cognitee announced that it conducted a capital increase through third-party allocation with XTech No. 1 investment limited partnership, which is operated by XTech Venture, and Dip, as a series B round of funding. They procured a total of 5 hundred million yen (approximately 4.5 million USD).

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  • IoT device that reduces the burden for excretion care is exhibited for the first time at JFlex2020

    IoT device that reduces the burden for excretion care is exhibited for the first time at JFlex2020

    Omutsu-tech announced that their super thin disposable device for paper diapers (4W-M30), which they claim reduces the burden in excretion care, for the first time at JFlex2020, an exhibition that handles materials and technologies that make new electronics possible.

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  • Open gourmet website that eliminates user reviews

    Open gourmet website that eliminates user reviews

    Zeus Enterprise has announced the opening of its new gourmet website, Gourmet True. The website basically has no listing fees at present, with its system usage fee only incurred when using Zeus Enterprise's reservation system. Supported languages are Japanese, English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), and Korean.

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  • Japanese Mental Health Tech Display Advertising Technology Landscape 2020 version now published

    Japanese Mental Health Tech Display Advertising Technology Landscape 2020 version now published

    emol has published its 2020 version of the Mental Health Tech Display Advertising Technology Landscape.

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  • Service for watching over the elderly via special app

    Service for watching over the elderly via special app

    On the 8th of January, Chikaku, in collaboration with Secom announced the launch of its new service for keeping watch over elderly, “Mago-channel with SECOM.”

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  • Community monitoring demonstration experiment for preventative care, detecting "Frailty" with AI and electrical power data

    Community monitoring demonstration experiment for preventative care, detecting "Frailty" with AI and electrical power data

    Necolico announced on January 10 that they will conduct a demonstration experiment related to "frailty" detection using AI and electrical power data in Toin-cho, Mie Prefecture.

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  • Demonstration trials in the tourism field in Niigata, including a sake rally leveraging AI

    Demonstration trials in the tourism field in Niigata, including a sake rally leveraging AI

    On January 9, JR East Start UP and the city of Niigata announced the start of two demonstration trials. As a new field for regional cooperation, the parties have solicited collaborative plans for the utilization of special zones and areas of Niigata in anticipation of the development of Niigata Station, and will conduct trials of adopted proposals in the field of "AI x Tourism."

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  • AI translation device with a 7-inch display and support for 53 languages announced

    AI translation device with a 7-inch display and support for 53 languages announced

    Union Electronics Industrial has announced the Perico PRO, an AI translation device with a 7-inch touch panel display and support for 53 languages. Sales will begin from early February. The device will be available from major electronics retailers, Amazon.co.jp and the company's own online store, among other sources. It is expected to retail at ¥128,000 yen (tax not included).

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  • New fund launched with the aim of supporting African startups to the tune of $18.3M

    New fund launched with the aim of supporting African startups to the tune of $18.3M

    Samurai Incubate Africa announced on January 9 that it has created the "Samurai Africa Fund No.2 Investment Partnership (Africa No.2 Fund)" to invest in and incubate startups on the African continent.

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  • Release of slip-resistant gaming glasses "PLAIDe"

    Release of slip-resistant gaming glasses "PLAIDe"

    Four Nines has announced that it will be launching the sales of the gaming glasses "PLAIDe" that was showcased at the 2019 Tokyo Game Show on the "Four Nines PLAIDe Official Online Website" on January 16th.

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  • "Next-generation 3D-LiDAR sensor" capable of measurement at a long distance of 500m exhibited at CES2020

    "Next-generation 3D-LiDAR sensor" capable of measurement at a long distance of 500m exhibited at CES2020

    Pioneer Smart Sensing Innovations (PSSI), a consolidated subsidiary of Pioneer, announced the exhibition of the prototype of its “next-generation 3D-LiDAR sensor" at CES2020. The prototype is capable of measurement at a long distance of 500m.

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  • Launch of AI demonstration experiment to optimize coin-operated parking lot fees

    Launch of AI demonstration experiment to optimize coin-operated parking lot fees

    Sora announced that it has begun a demonstration experiment on the optimization of coin-operated parking lot fees using AI, in collaboration with NTT Le Parc. Simultaneously, the company is beginning a study aimed at the introduction of dynamic pricing.

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  • Hearing aid with AI for people with hearing disabilities introduced for the first time at CES2020

    Hearing aid with AI for people with hearing disabilities introduced for the first time at CES2020

    OcCam Technologies announced the debut of OrCam Hear, a wearable with support device with AI for people with hearing disabilities, at CES2020 held in Las Vegas.

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  • Healthtech firm FiNC Technologies raises $46 million

    Healthtech firm FiNC Technologies raises $46 million

    FiNC Technologies, a healthtech venture that specializes in preventive healthcare and AI (artificial intelligence) technology, announced that it has implemented a capital increase of approximately ¥5 billion (approx. $ 46 million) by way of a third-party allotment. The company has raised over ¥15 billion ($136 million) in funding since it was established in 2012.

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  • Launch of manned flight tests for "flying cars" slated for release in 2023

    Launch of manned flight tests for "flying cars" slated for release in 2023

    SkyDrive has announced on January 6th that it has been conducting manned flight tests for “flying cars” jointly developed with the volunteer organization CARTIVATOR since December 2019.

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  • Free service is being released, which will provide hints to math problems when photographed with smartphone

    Free service is being released, which will provide hints to math problems when photographed with smartphone

    The Future Technology Association for Promotion has announced the release of the mathematics study support service, "Study Meter". Currently, this service is available for free. If you have a smartphone with a camera, you can use this service immediately.

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  • Announcing the release of an app that can change rights into cash in an instant

    Announcing the release of an app that can change rights into cash in an instant

    iCash, which handles planning, development, and management for the FinTech service, has launched "iCash," an app that changes rights to money. There are no fees to start.

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  • A.L.I. Technologies develops a delivery drone capable of carrying 50kg of cargo and reaching a location up to 20km away

    A.L.I. Technologies develops a delivery drone capable of carrying 50kg of cargo and reaching a location up to 20km away

    On December 25th, A.L.I. Technologies announced the development of a transport drone capable of carrying 50kg of cargo.

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  • A full-body illustration tool that leverages the uniqueness of both artists and AI launches

    A full-body illustration tool that leverages the uniqueness of both artists and AI launches

    Radius Five has announced the official launch of "Sai-chan+", a full-body, hybrid illustration service that leverages the unique characteristics of both artists and AI.

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  • Smartphone charger rental firm Inforich receives total of $27 million in funding

    Smartphone charger rental firm Inforich receives total of $27 million in funding

    Inforich announced they have received a total of ¥3 billion (~$27.39 million) in funding. Their primary funding sources were Goldman Sachs, Japan Post Capital, GMCM Venture Capital Partners, Chartwell Capital, and HoriPro. Inforich have already set up 10,000 units domestically with their smartphone charger rental service "ChargeSPOT," and say this new funding will finance further developments.

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  • Hachi Tama, a cat toilet service provider, raises over $18 million funds

    Hachi Tama, a cat toilet service provider, raises over $18 million funds

    Hachi Tama has announced third-party share allotments of over 200 million yen (approximately $18.26 million) in its Pre Series-A funding round. Underwriters include major trading companies such as Monex Ventures, Hatachi Industry, Yokohama Capital, Yamaguchi Capital, Hibishin Capital, and SIGMAXYZ. With this funding round, the total funds raised have exceeded 400 million yen (approximately $36.52 million).

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  • A service for comparing and booking cleaning services has been launched

    A service for comparing and booking cleaning services has been launched

    White Plus, whose cleaning comparison and reservation service ranks based on 6 review categories from users, has officially launched its house cleaning matching service 'kirehapi'.

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  • An EC site that enables you to find clothing that suits your personal color and physique is now open

    An EC site that enables you to find clothing that suits your personal color and physique is now open

    Style Works has opened a personalized fashion EC site "style color" which is the first in the industry that enables you to find items suited to your personal color and physique.

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  • Open type IoT agriculture system accepting advance orders

    Open type IoT agriculture system accepting advance orders

    Momo has announced that its open style IoT agriculture system, "Ageri Palette" is taking advance orders via the crowdfunding service "Makuake".

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  • Successful exercise coaching company Rehasaku carries out $1 million of fundraising

    Successful exercise coaching company Rehasaku carries out $1 million of fundraising

    Rehasaku has announced that its shares have been distributed among ANRI, DNX Ventures and Monex Ventures in exchange for a total of 1.1 billion yen (around 1 million US dollars) in funding. With this round of funding, the companies are aiming to further expand customer service, with a focus on improving user experience and development of new features.

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  • A collaborative Psycho-Pass AR murder mystery event

    A collaborative Psycho-Pass AR murder mystery event

    Fuji TV, in collaboration with Pretia Technologies, has announced an AR murder mystery event for their popular anime, Psycho-Pass, titled: "Psycho-Pass Shibuya Psycho-Hazard." The event is scheduled for January 21st–June 30th and reservations will be available starting on December 20th. The experience takes about 120 minutes. The price will be ¥2,900 on weekdays, and ¥3,400 on holidays and weekends.

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  • Administrative service "Graffer" receives around $4.1 million in funding

    Administrative service "Graffer" receives around $4.1 million in funding

    Graffer carried out third-party allocation of shares to Coral Capital and Incubate Fund, and announced that they received a total of around ¥450 million (~$4.11 million) in series A funding. This brings their cumulative total of funding to around ¥720 million (~$6.58 million).

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  • “BEER DROPS,” a newly-developed beer cocktail using Asahi and other beers

    “BEER DROPS,” a newly-developed beer cocktail using Asahi and other beers

    Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), Asahi Beer, and Fulllife announced on December 9 that through their open innovation collaboration, they’ve developed a new beer cocktail called “BEER DROPS” with the intent to provide a new experience to show the appeal of beer to young people.

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  • Cloud-based interviewer training service announced

    Cloud-based interviewer training service announced

    Stadium has announced its cloud-based interviewer training service, "im Trainer," which aims to improve businesses' interviewing capabilities. The service will officially begin from January 1st, 2020.

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  • Next-gen card "Kyash Card" to be released at start of 2020

    Next-gen card "Kyash Card" to be released at start of 2020

    Kyash annoounced that it would begin release of the next-gen card "Kyash Card" at the start of the year 2020.

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  • modecas, a company that solves daily troubles online, acquires financing

    modecas, a company that solves daily troubles online, acquires financing

    modecas acquired financing through a third-party allotment to Tomoya Tanaka, the founder of Digital Base Capital, Findstar Group, Uniquest, and the CEO of nosh, along with others.

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  • Launch of the world's first service for reviewing business numerical plans from an investor's perspective

    Launch of the world's first service for reviewing business numerical plans from an investor's perspective

    ProfinanSS has launched an online service "ProfinanSS" which allows anyone to swiftly and conveniently create business numerical plans by simply entering values while answering questions. Business numerical plans are essential for the launch of new companies and new business operations.

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  • Risk assurance company Gardia bought by Itochu

    Risk assurance company Gardia bought by Itochu

    FreakOut Holdings announced that it has reached an agreement with Itochu involving the transfer of 90% of Gardia's issued stock to Itochu. Itochu Corporation is now the parent company of Gardia.

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  • Yakiniku Jon-Jon is a completely self-service, low-priced, high-quality yakiniku restaurant

    Yakiniku Jon-Jon is a completely self-service, low-priced, high-quality yakiniku restaurant

    Juroku announced on December 14th that it has opened Yakiniku Jon-Jon, a completely self-service yakiniku restaurant in Kawasaki and Higashi-Shinjuku.

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  • Kcard, an educational toy that teaches English vocabulary with an AR app and alphabet cards

    Kcard, an educational toy that teaches English vocabulary with an AR app and alphabet cards

    Asatec began crowdfunding with America’s Kickstarter on December 14th for “Kcard,” an educational toy that teaches English vocabulary.

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  • Launch of detection system for loss prevention tags in 20,000 taxis

    Launch of detection system for loss prevention tags in 20,000 taxis

    JapanTaxi has announced that it has launched a detection system for "Tiles," tags that are used to prevent the loss of items, in the multi-functional device "JapanTaxi Tablet" that is installed in the rear seats of 20,000 taxis nationwide. This system is the product of a partnership with otta, which is responsible for the IoT monitoring service "otta Monitoring Service," and Tile, the company that has developed "Tile."

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  • CES 2020 air mobility new concept: "The Flying Gondola" exhibit

    CES 2020 air mobility new concept: "The Flying Gondola" exhibit

    Aeronext has announced that it has been selected to present an exhibit at Eureka Park at "CES 2020", one of the world's largest electrics trade fares, as one of the businesses chosen for the the CES Eureka Park J-Startup Pavilion, which is a part of the J-Startup program, a Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry initiative to promote startups. CES 2020 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from January 7th through the 10th in 2020.

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  • Using AI to reduce the vibration of buildings to less than half

    Using AI to reduce the vibration of buildings to less than half

    Laboro.AI developed an AI together with Obayashi to control the vibration of buildings. The company announced that it was able to achieve better effects than conventional systems.

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  • Service started to effectively distribute direct mail by analyzing position information

    Service started to effectively distribute direct mail by analyzing position information

    On December 6, X-Locations Inc. began providing “Offline DM,” which can effectively distribute direct mail (DM) based on information from analyzing the location data provided by the Location AI Platform (LAP).

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  • Official release of a tool that allows looking-up and reading the likes of expertise law books

    Official release of a tool that allows looking-up and reading the likes of expertise law books

    Legal Technology, in cooperation with publishers of expertise law books, has released the official version of its research tool, LEGAL LIBRARY. It allows the cross-sectional looking up and reading of around 100,000 pages of expertise law books and all kinds of official government documents in the cloud. The charges are ¥5,720 per month for the Standard Plan (aimed at individuals).

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  • Beta version of “emol work”, a mental training service geared towards corporations has been released

    Beta version of “emol work”, a mental training service geared towards corporations has been released

    On December 2nd, emol released the beta version of “emol work”, a service geared towards corporations.

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  • World's first AI-equipped dash cam mobile app released

    World's first AI-equipped dash cam mobile app released

    Neural Pocket has released Smart-kun, a free dash cam application for mobile devices, which they claim is the first AI-equipped app of its kind. At present, the app is only compatible with iOS devices. Android compatibility is expected in 2020.

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  • A new service that can activate videos using a QR code on a business card

    A new service that can activate videos using a QR code on a business card

    Cocktail Make has released Business Card: THE MOVIE, a platform which can activate videos using a QR code on a business card. Promoting the O2O (Online to Offline) Experience online to induce offline customers.

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  • HOGUGU, which allows customers to search for outcall therapists using their smartphones, has initiated fundraising efforts

    HOGUGU, which allows customers to search for outcall therapists using their smartphones, has initiated fundraising efforts

    HOGUGU has initiated fundraising efforts through third-party allotments. HOGUGU is a startup underwritten by two individual investors, including Yukihiro Takenouchi, the former chairman and CEO of Riraku, who was also the founder of the largest company in Japan's relaxation industry, Rirakuru.

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  • TechnoLab launches business operations to recycle marine plastic waste into handicrafts

    TechnoLab launches business operations to recycle marine plastic waste into handicrafts

    On November 20th, TechnoLab announced that it will be embarking on business operations to recycle marine plastic waste collected from the coasts of Japan into household goods and interior furniture. The first phase of this project involves the production of tableware for use in outdoor settings amidst nature and the launch of exhibits on display at Shibuya Parco.

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  • Opening of unmanned store with cashless payment technology at new JR Yamanote Line station

    Opening of unmanned store with cashless payment technology at new JR Yamanote Line station

    Touch To Go has announced on December 3rd the opening of its first store that supports unmanned AI payment, TOUCH TO GO, within the premises of the new Takanawa Gateway Station on JR Yamanote Line.

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  • Japan's first programming school adopting ISAs to open in January 2020

    Japan's first programming school adopting ISAs to open in January 2020

    In January 2020, Labot opened Japan's first programming school that uses the Income Share Agreement (ISA) model. It is located within Ebisu Garden Place in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

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  • Industry-based logo research tool utilizing AI added to trademark registration service "Cotobox"

    Industry-based logo research tool utilizing AI added to trademark registration service "Cotobox"

    Cotobox, an online trademark registry service that offers quick, easy, and reasonable trademark research, application, and management, has added an AI-utilizing, industry-based logo research function.

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  • A subcommittee to deliberate the application of dynamic pricing on retail stores has been established

    A subcommittee to deliberate the application of dynamic pricing on retail stores has been established

    Sora and Dentsu have announced the joint establishment of The Dynamic Pricing Subcommittee within the Distribution Study Group of the Retail AI Institute. In order to deliberate the future possibility of applying dynamic pricing to retail stores, participating companies for the demonstration experiment will be recruited from the group of member companies.

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  • Launching a recruitment service where companies help repay education loans of students

    Launching a recruitment service where companies help repay education loans of students

    Crono has launched a service titled Crono Job, claimed to be the first of its kind in Japan, which will introduce job opportunities from companies that offer to subrogate repayment of student loans.

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  • Launch of "Dispatch Plus" which enhances the transportation efficiency of delivery operations

    Launch of "Dispatch Plus" which enhances the transportation efficiency of delivery operations

    Monoful has launched Dispatch Plus, which seeks to enhance the efficiency of pooling and dispatching vehicles.

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  • Proprietary edge AI Developer AISing raises 300 million yen

    Proprietary edge AI Developer AISing raises 300 million yen

    AISing announced that it has raised approximately 300 million yen via capital increase through third party allocation, underwritten by the MSIVC2018V Investment Business Limited Liability Union operated by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital.

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