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  • Glafit announces GFR-02 hybrid bike

    Glafit announces GFR-02 hybrid bike

    On November 25, Glafit announced the GFR-02 hybrid bike, an electric bike with electric bicycles/pedals.

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  • Space tech startup Synspective will launch its first small SAR satellite in mid to late December

    Space tech startup Synspective will launch its first small SAR satellite in mid to late December

    Synspective has announced the scheduled launch date of its first small satellite on November 25.

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  • OK Remote enables remote control of PCs even when not connected to the Internet

    OK Remote enables remote control of PCs even when not connected to the Internet

    On November 26, Doctors Mobile announced OK Remote, a device and solution for the remote control of IT equipment. It will be released on December 1.

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  • Astroscale will launch a space debris removal demonstration satellite in March 2021

    Astroscale will launch a space debris removal demonstration satellite in March 2021

    Astroscale Holdings announced on November 18 that it will be launching the first private-sector space debris removal demonstration satellite “ELSA-d (End-of-Life Services by Astroscale – Demonstration)” in March 2021.

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  • Osaka Minami area mobility analysis via AI cameras and seat vacancy information services

    Osaka Minami area mobility analysis via AI cameras and seat vacancy information services

    Osaka Metro and VACAN, in collaboration with the cooperative road organization Minami Midosuji Association, are starting a demonstration experiment on November 28 to make it easier to get around in the Osaka Minami Area.

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  • Field testing of library catalog searches via AI on LINE

    Field testing of library catalog searches via AI on LINE

    LINE announced on November 24 that the CLOVA Chatbot provided by its LINE CLOVA AI technologies brand was adopted by Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library for joint field testing of automated services using AI chat bots.

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  • Ax Robotix reaches close to $960,000 in funding for their auto-fitting bed made with robotics technology

    Ax Robotix reaches close to $960,000 in funding for their auto-fitting bed made with robotics technology

    Ax Robotix made the announcement that they reached roughly 100 million yen (approx. 960,000 USD) in funding. This funding was via a third-party allotment with Lifetime Ventures and Incubate Fund serving as underwriters.

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  • "We'll POPUP Store" is a custom order mask store where you can have your face 3D scanned and a mask sewn for you on the spot

    "We'll POPUP Store" is a custom order mask store where you can have your face 3D scanned and a mask sewn for you on the spot

    On November 20, Palais Futaba announced the opening of a custom order mask shop in Shibuya Scramble Square where every step to the masks' completion, from 3D scanning to sewing, is handled on site. The store will be developed as a popup shop running from November 26 to December 9.

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  • ACSL and Phase One Japan launch a drone equipped with ultra-high resolution camera geared towards infrastructure inspection

    ACSL and Phase One Japan launch a drone equipped with ultra-high resolution camera geared towards infrastructure inspection

    Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory (ACSL) and Phase One Japan announced on November 19 that they have started offering drones geared towards infrastructure inspection.

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  • The watch select shop "TiCTAC" announces the release of a new model of "CHRONO TOKYO," the self-winding mechanical watch series designed by Hajime Asaoka

    The watch select shop "TiCTAC" announces the release of a new model of "CHRONO TOKYO," the self-winding mechanical watch series designed by Hajime Asaoka

    On November 12, NEUVE A announced the release of a new model of "CHRONO TOKYO," the self-winding mechanical watch series designed by the independent watchmaker Hajime Asaoka. This model is called "CHRONOGRAPH" and it will be available in two colors. CHRONOGRAPH will be released in late December by the watch select shop "TiCTAC."

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  • Social Distance AI provides infection risk notification system by detecting and predicting crowded conditions

    Social Distance AI provides infection risk notification system by detecting and predicting crowded conditions

    Archaic announced on November 18 that it had developed an infection risk notification system. The new system, Social Distance AI, uses AI to analyze location information.

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  • Cookpy, a cloud kitchen platform, raises funds in pre-series A round

    Cookpy, a cloud kitchen platform, raises funds in pre-series A round

    Cookpy announced the implementation of a third-party allotment of capital in a pre-series A round. The underwriters are the Future Fund (kemuri ventures) and COLOPL Next, in addition to the existing shareholders YJ Capital and East Ventures.

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  • The virtual office tool for telecommuting "Roundz" raises $481 thousand through the third-party allotment of shares

    The virtual office tool for telecommuting "Roundz" raises $481 thousand through the third-party allotment of shares

    Roundz announced on November that it has raised 50 million yen (about 481 thousand dollar) through the third-party allotment of shares during its Seed Round of financing. Underwriters include XTech Ventures, KVP, and Japan Startup Support Fund No. 1.

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  • Gaudiy raises $2.9M in funding to advance blockchain technology in the entertainment sector

    Gaudiy raises $2.9M in funding to advance blockchain technology in the entertainment sector

    On November 16, Gaudiy announced that they raised 300 million yen in their Series A round of funding. STRIVE served as the underwriter.

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  • Space Walker reaches over $5.7M in funding with an eye on commercial spacecraft development

    Space Walker reaches over $5.7M in funding with an eye on commercial spacecraft development

    On November 13, Space Walker announced that they crossed over a cumulative total of 600 million yen (approx. 5.72 million USD) during their current pre-seed extension round of funding.

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  • AI and data scientist community manager Nishika completes funding round and launches recruiting platform

    AI and data scientist community manager Nishika completes funding round and launches recruiting platform

    On November 13, Nishika announced that it had raised a total of ¥83 million (about $810,000). The funding comes from third-party allocation of new shares to CyberAgent Capital, the G-Startup Fund (Globis), and Cinnamon's CAIO, Hajime Hotta, as well as from financial institution borrowing.

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  • Datafluct begins real life test of the “WHEEL kitchen” food trucks, designed using data science

    Datafluct begins real life test of the “WHEEL kitchen” food trucks, designed using data science

    Datafluct announced a proof-of-concept experiment of the food truck platform business “WHEEL kitchen.”

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  • "AxelGlobe" microsatellites are set to launch on March 20, 2021 to make observations of Earth

    "AxelGlobe" microsatellites are set to launch on March 20, 2021 to make observations of Earth

    On November 11, Axelspace announced that they will be launching four of their microsatellites on March 20th, 2021. This official announcement came by way of GK Launch Services (Russia), which will be conducting the satellite launch.

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  • ZeroSpec raises a total of around $2.2M in funds

    ZeroSpec raises a total of around $2.2M in funds

    ZeroSpec announced on November 11 that it has raised a total of around 230 million yen (about 2.2 million dollar) in funds. These funds have been raised during the company's Pre-Series Round A of financing through the third-party allotment of shares, with Eneos and Sanshin Electronics as underwriters.

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  • Enowa, developer of the smart paddy service "paditch," raises about $960,000 in funding

    Enowa, developer of the smart paddy service "paditch," raises about $960,000 in funding

    Enowa announced on November 11 that it had raised ¥100 million (about $960,000) in a Series A round of funding. The funding comes through a third-party allocation of new shares to Monozukuri Ventures, MITSUI SUMITOMO INSURANCE Venture Capital, Skyland Ventures, and other companies. The cumulative funding amounts to ¥170 million ($1,620,000). </p>

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  • Technological demo connects the earth and space, offering ordinary people the chance to control an avatar robot in space

    Technological demo connects the earth and space, offering ordinary people the chance to control an avatar robot in space

    On November 10, Toppan Printing announced that they will be conducting a number of operations in cooperation with Avatarin, a division of the ANA Group, including a technological demo that gives ordinary people the chance to remotely operate an avatar robot aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The publicly accessible event "AVATAR X space avatar - Feel Space At Your Fingertips" will also hold a remote demonstration of a live field test conducted at the JAXA Institute.

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  • Release of "otta.g," a security alarm that can send voice messages in addition to one's location information

    Release of "otta.g," a security alarm that can send voice messages in addition to one's location information

    Otta announced on November 10 that it will be releasing "otta.g," a new product for the service "otta" which allows everyone in the community to collectively safeguard the well-being of children and the elderly. This product will be released in December.

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  • Natee raises $1.14M for independent data analysis targeting young people

    Natee raises $1.14M for independent data analysis targeting young people

    Natee announced on November 9 that it has raised 120 million yen (about 1.14 million dollars). The underwriters are X Tech Ventures, Akatsuki (Heart Driven Fund), Cubic Ventures, and Manex Ventures.

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  • BMI-based stroke treatment firm Connect raises $2 million in funding

    BMI-based stroke treatment firm Connect raises $2 million in funding

    On November 9, Connect announced that it has raised a total of 210 million yen (about US$2 million) in funding.

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  • Sports video analyzer "myDartfish Pro S" releases real-time remote sharing and other new functions

    Sports video analyzer "myDartfish Pro S" releases real-time remote sharing and other new functions

    On November 9, Dartfish Japan released new functions for the top grade edition of its "myDartfish Pro S" software, which analyzes sports videos. Users will now be able to share and watch remotely recorded videos on their smart phones, tablets, and computers.

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  • Future Venture Capital has invested in Magnature, a company developing practical applications for Halbach motors

    Future Venture Capital has invested in Magnature, a company developing practical applications for Halbach motors

    On November 6, Future Venture Capital announced their investment in Magnature, a company developing Halbach motors.

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  • Mimaki Engineering Announces Entry-Level Full-Color 3D Printer

    Mimaki Engineering Announces Entry-Level Full-Color 3D Printer

    On November 5, Mimaki Engineering announced the 3DUJ-2207, an entry-level compact full-color 3D printer capable of full-color modeling. The model is scheduled for sale worldwide from January 2021.

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  • A.L.I. begins initiative in collaboration with disaster relief/medical support NPO to provide medical care from the sky

    A.L.I. begins initiative in collaboration with disaster relief/medical support NPO to provide medical care from the sky

    On November 4, A.L.I. Technologies formed an alliance that will include collaboration with NPO Peace Winds Japan in their ARROWS project, which provides medical support from the air, and announced that they will begin looking into potential services using drones, such as for medical/rescue support or delivery of supplies, in areas affected by large disasters.

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  • iQPS, which develops antennae for small satellites, raises a total of $8.37M

    iQPS, which develops antennae for small satellites, raises a total of $8.37M

    On October 5, iQPS announced that it had raised a total of 866 million yen (approximately 8.37 million dollars). This figure comprises additional funds from existing shareholders and financing from Japan Finance Corporation and the cumulative total of the funds raised until now is approximately 3.3 billion yen (approximately 31.93 million dollars).

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  • Wearable cattle device "Farmnote Color" adds feature for detecting cow birthing

    Wearable cattle device "Farmnote Color" adds feature for detecting cow birthing

    On November 4, Farmnote announced a new additional feature for their wearable cattle device, "Farmnote Color", that detects birthing for both diary cows and beef cattle. They expect to make it available at the outset of 2021.

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  • Trust Smith, an AI venture from the University of Tokyo, receives a patent covering an algorithm for an obstacle-avoiding arm that uses artificial intelligence

    Trust Smith, an AI venture from the University of Tokyo, receives a patent covering an algorithm for an obstacle-avoiding arm that uses artificial intelligence

    Trust Smith announced on November 4 that it developed an algorithm for an obstacle-avoiding arm that uses artificial intelligence, and received a patent for this technology.

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  • Launch of "Aakel Energy," which allows customers to purchase electricity at a variable rate that is adjusted every 30 minutes

    Launch of "Aakel Energy," which allows customers to purchase electricity at a variable rate that is adjusted every 30 minutes

    On October 5, Aakel Technologies announced that it will be launching "Aakel Energy," an electricity service that utilizes AI-based dynamic pricing.

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  • Damageless product mounting technology company Wonder Future Corporation holds fundraising round

    Damageless product mounting technology company Wonder Future Corporation holds fundraising round

    On November 2, Wonder Future Corporation (WFC) announced that they had raised ¥350 million (around $339 million) from capital investors. The money came from a Series A financing round from Sakata Inx and Real Tech Fund.

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  • A Star Quantum, which develops software for quantum computers acquires funding and forms a strategic alliance

    A Star Quantum, which develops software for quantum computers acquires funding and forms a strategic alliance

    A Star Quantum announced on November 2 that it has completed a Series A fundraising round for a total amount of 300 million Yen (=USD2.85 million).

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  • Fukui University of Technology and Panasonic collaborate for a test installation of "dark sky lighting" in Ono City, Fukui Prefecture

    Fukui University of Technology and Panasonic collaborate for a test installation of "dark sky lighting" in Ono City, Fukui Prefecture

    pollution security lighting)" in Ono City, Fukui Prefecture. The installation is an industry-academic-government collaboration with the Ono City and the Fukui University of Technology.

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  • Visualized air quality detector "Mamo Sensor Air" begins proof-of-concept testing

    Visualized air quality detector "Mamo Sensor Air" begins proof-of-concept testing

    On October 29, IoTBank started proof-of-concept testing for "Mamo Sensor Air", a CO2 sensor with a built-in LTE-M SIM card.

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  • Onebox raises $190,000 for yaritori, a service that aims to innovate email

    Onebox raises $190,000 for yaritori, a service that aims to innovate email

    Onebox announced on October 29 that it had completed a seed round, raising ¥20 million (about $190,000 dollars). The funds were raised through a third-party allocation of shares to Apricot Ventures.

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  • Kompeito's OFFICE DE YASAI expands nationwide following added investment from Iwagin Jigyo Souzou Capital

    Kompeito's OFFICE DE YASAI expands nationwide following added investment from Iwagin Jigyo Souzou Capital

    On October 27, Kompeito announced that it has raised over 400 million yen (about 3.83 million dollars) of added investment from Iwagin Jigyo Souzou Capital.

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  • The edge AI platform service Idein raises $19M

    The edge AI platform service Idein raises $19M

    Idein announced on October 28 that it has raised 2 billion yen (around $19.15 million) via the third-party allotment of shares.

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  • Sukedachi and ALLSTOCKER team up to start a market service for construction equipment

    Sukedachi and ALLSTOCKER team up to start a market service for construction equipment

    On October 26, Sukedachi collaborated with Sorabito to start up "Sukedachi App", a market service for purchasing and selling construction equipment and machinery.

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  • Minna Denryoku raises $14.4M in funding

    Minna Denryoku raises $14.4M in funding

    Minna Denryoku announced on October 26 that it raised ¥1.5 billion (approximately $14.4 million) in funding. The funding was raised from investors including DIP Labor Force Solution Investment Limited Partnership, Marui Group, and Japan Finance Corporation via issuing convertible bonds as a pre-Series C round. This round of fundraising brings their total funds raised up to roughly ¥3 billion (approximately $28.8 million).

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  • Genomedia, a genomic healthcare informatics venture company, raises funds via the third-party allotment of shares

    Genomedia, a genomic healthcare informatics venture company, raises funds via the third-party allotment of shares

    Genomedia announced on October 23 that it has raised funds via the third-party allotment of shares. This round of financing has been underwritten by Sumitomo Corporation, Ship Healthcare Holdings, and Aflac Ventures.

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  • ExaWizards launches an AI search engine capable of searching for specific companies

    ExaWizards launches an AI search engine capable of searching for specific companies

    ExaWizards launched “ExaWizards AnyInc,” an AI search engine capable of searching for specific companies, on October 26.

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  • Lost property tracking service using Tile item tracker to launch at 88 stations on all Tokyu lines

    Lost property tracking service using Tile item tracker to launch at 88 stations on all Tokyu lines

    Tile announced on October 23 that Tile item trackers and the Tile Access Point locator system the company provides will be introduced on all Tokyu train lines.

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  • Pale Blue, a company that develops water-powered engines for micro-satellites, raises $670,000 in funds

    Pale Blue, a company that develops water-powered engines for micro-satellites, raises $670,000 in funds

    Pale Blue announced on October 21 that it has raised around 70 million yen (around $670,000) in funds. These funds were raised via loans from financial institutions and the third-party allocation of shares (Seed Round) underwritten by funds managed by Incubate Fund and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital.

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  • Pickupon, which automatically converts sales conversation to data, receives $760,000 in funding

    Pickupon, which automatically converts sales conversation to data, receives $760,000 in funding

    On October 21, Pickupon announced that is received a total of 80 million yen (approx. $760,000) in funding. The funding is a combination of procurement and financing from Cyber Agent Capital, East Ventures, Miraise, and individual investor Hitoshi Koide.

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  • Quantum cloud computing service QunaSys Qamuy begins offering private beta

    Quantum cloud computing service QunaSys Qamuy begins offering private beta

    On October 20, QunaSys began offering a private beta version of QunaSys Qamuy, a cloud service for performing quantum chemistry calculations with quantum computers.

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  • Happy Quality raises funds to promote next-generation agriculture using AI and technology

    Happy Quality raises funds to promote next-generation agriculture using AI and technology

    Happy Quality announced on October 20 that it has raised funds from Sony Innovation Fund and the Society for Venture Investment & Consultation.

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  • Innoqua and Aiwell launch a joint venture to protect the marine environment

    Innoqua and Aiwell launch a joint venture to protect the marine environment

    Innoqua and Aiwell announced on October 20 that they have launched a joint venture to protect the marine environment.

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  • Voice streaming platform Radiotalk raises $2.84M

    Voice streaming platform Radiotalk raises $2.84M

    Radiotalk announced on October 19 that it has raised approximately 300M JPY (about 2.84M USD). The funds were raised via third-party allotment of capital, with the underwriters being Strive, Gunosy Capital, OLM Ventures, and Monex Ventures.

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  • AI venture Japan Data Science Consortium (JDSC) raises $2.7M in funding

    AI venture Japan Data Science Consortium (JDSC) raises $2.7M in funding

    Japan Data Science Consortium (JDSC) announced on October 19 that it has raised approximately 2.9 billion yen (approximately 27.72 million dallars) in funding.

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  • Medical Startup MEDRING Opens METiC Smart Clinic in AEON Mall in Hanoi

    Medical Startup MEDRING Opens METiC Smart Clinic in AEON Mall in Hanoi

    On October 15, Medring announced the opening of its METiC smart clinic for affluent Vietnamese clients in the Ha Dong Aeon Mall in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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  • DATAFLUCT Route Optimization delivery route prediction digital transformation service helps maximize corporate profits

    DATAFLUCT Route Optimization delivery route prediction digital transformation service helps maximize corporate profits

    Datafluct began offering DATAFLUCT Route Optimization, a delivery route prediction digital transformation service, on October 9.

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  • Road inspection AI company Urban X issues a third-party allotment of shares to raise funds

    Road inspection AI company Urban X issues a third-party allotment of shares to raise funds

    On October 15, Urban X Technologies announced that they would hold a fundraiser with the goal of growing the business. They will be raising a total of ¥80 million (approx. $760,000) via a third-party allotment of shares to two companies, UTokyo Innovation Platform and Anri.

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  • Ory Laboratory received financing totaling $4.75M

    Ory Laboratory received financing totaling $4.75M

    On October 15t, Ory Laboratory announced that it had received financing totaling 500 million yen (about 4.75 million dollars). It is part of third-party allotments with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) and Kawada Technologies as the underwriters.

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  • Data Stadium releases MY TAGTIC app for sports video analysis

    Data Stadium releases MY TAGTIC app for sports video analysis

    On October 14, Data Stadium Inc. released the sports video analysis app MY TAGTIC for iPhone and iPad.

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  • Edible insect company Bugs Farm to start offering free samples of insect-based foods

    Edible insect company Bugs Farm to start offering free samples of insect-based foods

    On October 15, Bugs Farm began offering free samples of their insect-based ingredients to companies and food-related businesses that have an interest in edible insects.

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  • CellFiber, a company that aims to produce cellular pharmaceutical products that are accessible to everyone, raises $1M in funds

    CellFiber, a company that aims to produce cellular pharmaceutical products that are accessible to everyone, raises $1M in funds

    On October 14, CellFiber raised 105 million yen (around $1 million) in its seed round of financing through the third-party allotment of shares, with Real Tech Fund which is managed by REAL TECH Holdings as the underwriter.

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  • Astroscale Holdings raises a cumulative total of $200M to tackle space debris problem

    Astroscale Holdings raises a cumulative total of $200M to tackle space debris problem

    Astroscale Holdings announced on October 13 that it had raised approximately ¥5.5 billion (about $52.27 million) of additional funding in a Series E round.

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  • VTech Laboratories announces "pathway video synthesis technology" for reconstructing 360-degree video along map path

    VTech Laboratories announces "pathway video synthesis technology" for reconstructing 360-degree video along map path

    VTech Laboratories announced on October 13 that it had completed the "pathway video synthesis technology" that is able to reconstruct 360-degree video along selected routes on a map, as a result of joint development with the Aizawa Laboratory at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Information Science and Technology.

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  • MiddleField raises raises $3.23M for online car platform "Motagare"

    MiddleField raises raises $3.23M for online car platform "Motagare"

    On October 13, MiddleField announced that they have raised 340 million yen (approx. $3.23 million) as of the first close of Series B financing. Having raised an additional 240 million yen (approx. $2.28 million) including debt financing, the total amount raised for Series B will be 580 million yen (approx $5.5 million).

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  • AI conversation app "M-Noah" offers fully voiced audio by Natsuki Hanae and Aya Uchida via speech synthesis

    AI conversation app "M-Noah" offers fully voiced audio by Natsuki Hanae and Aya Uchida via speech synthesis

    On October 13, Cybird released their lifestyle support app, "M-Noah", which features fully replicated speech from voice actors by utilizing synthesized speech.

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  • Kewpie and Groovenauts are starting a full-scale "Shift Optimization" project for manufacturing lines using quantum computing technology

    Kewpie and Groovenauts are starting a full-scale "Shift Optimization" project for manufacturing lines using quantum computing technology

    On October 9, Groovenauts announced that its cloud platform, "MAGELLAN BLOCKS", has been adopted by Kewpie.

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  • Toppan Printing develops touch display that displays a floating image parallel to the panel

    Toppan Printing develops touch display that displays a floating image parallel to the panel

    Toppan Printing announced on October 12 that it has developed a floating-image touch display that achieves a housing 50% thinner than that in existing models.

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  • Online customer service and buying service application "FACY" updated and now undergoing beta testing

    Online customer service and buying service application "FACY" updated and now undergoing beta testing

    On October 12, Styler announced that the OMO (Online Merges with Offline) app "FACY" had been updated and had started undergoing beta testing.

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  • HolidayHack! - A holiday planning service that allows users to automatically plan their holidays

    HolidayHack! - A holiday planning service that allows users to automatically plan their holidays

    On October 6, Holiday Hack! started a holiday planning service named "HolidayHack!" which is exclusive to the Tokyo area. "HolidayHack!" automatically plans and books its users’ holidays.

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  • Launch of self-order/self-payment system “CASHIER” that allows users to place orders and make payments on their own smartphones

    Launch of self-order/self-payment system “CASHIER” that allows users to place orders and make payments on their own smartphones

    On October 15, Uniaim launched “CASHIER,” a self-order/self-payment system that allows users to place orders and make payments on their own smartphones. It has also begun recruiting participating stores.

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  • On-demand shuttle service "NearMe" completes series A funding

    On-demand shuttle service "NearMe" completes series A funding

    On October 8, NearMe announced that they completed their series A funding round. Their investors include Nissay Capital, JA Mitsui Leasing, and DBJ Capital. This additional round of financing totaled to about 500 million yen in funds (approx. 4.72 million USD), which brings their cumulative total raised thus far to around 800 million yen.

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  • Marine X announces X40 Concept, a concept aimed at realizing an autonomous ship in 2023

    Marine X announces X40 Concept, a concept aimed at realizing an autonomous ship in 2023

    On October 8, Marine X announced the AI cruiser X40 Concept, a concept aimed at realizing an autonomous ship in 2023.

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  • Noco, known for its collaboration tool, toaster team, raises a total of $710,000 in funding

    Noco, known for its collaboration tool, toaster team, raises a total of $710,000 in funding

    On October 8, Noco announced that it had raised a total of 75 million yen (approximately $710,000) in funding. The funding comes from a private placement with Apricot Ventures, Strive, Voyage Venturesx, and private investors as underwriters.

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  • Fantasy sports company Rabona raises $1.13 million in funds

    Fantasy sports company Rabona raises $1.13 million in funds

    Rabona Pte. Ltd. announced on October 7 that it has changed its company name to "SPORTS CROWN Pte. Ltd." and raised 120 million yen (around $1.13 million) for a total of 190 million yen ($1.79 million) in funds.

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  • Medical Net obtains patent for bad breath sensor jointly developed with Okayama University

    Medical Net obtains patent for bad breath sensor jointly developed with Okayama University

    On October 7, Medical Net announced that it had obtained a patent for a halitosis (bad breath) sensor jointly developed with Okayama University.

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  • The developer of Ogiri AI launches a new “consumer-generated advertising business”

    The developer of Ogiri AI launches a new “consumer-generated advertising business”

    The developer of Ogiri AI “Watashiwa” announced on October 2 that it has raised 84 million yen (around $790,000) from Deepcore, DG Daiwa Ventures, and individual investors. It has launched new AI services following Ogiri AI, as well as a new CGAd (consumer-generated ad) business based on these services.

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  • Caster launches "My Legal Assistant" to help companies introduce legal-related tools

    Caster launches "My Legal Assistant" to help companies introduce legal-related tools

    On October 1, Caster began offering "My Legal Assistant," a service that supports companies in the introduction and operation of legal-related online tools. Such tools include those for performing organized crime checks and those for contract formation, validation, and management.

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  • Meetscare raises a total of $2.26M in funding

    Meetscare raises a total of $2.26M in funding

    On October 6, Meetscare announced they had raised a total of ¥240 million (about $2.26 million) in funding. The investors in this round were Genesia Ventures, GREE Ventures, Japan Startup Support Association, Persol Innovation Fund, and several angel investors. Already existing shareholders are East Ventures, Genesia Ventures, YJ Capital, Mercari Fund, Mr. Ayataro Nakagawa, and Mr. Yusuke Sato.

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  • Kubota harnesses Nvidia's end-to-end AI platform for smart agriculture

    Kubota harnesses Nvidia's end-to-end AI platform for smart agriculture

    Nvidia announced on October 6 that Kubota will be adopting its end-to-end AI platform and collaborate with the company to accelerate the development of smart agricultural machinery.

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  • Introduction of TOLFA, a service that enables free calls from a browser to a telephone line

    Introduction of TOLFA, a service that enables free calls from a browser to a telephone line

    From October 6, Power Plug started providing their interface service TOLFA, which allows users to receive free calls from the web with their current telephone lines.

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  • Online career training service provider Posiwill raises about $1.42M in funding

    Online career training service provider Posiwill raises about $1.42M in funding

    On October 5, Posiwill announced that they had raised approximately 150 million yen (about $1.42 million) in funding. The underwriter is Strive, an independent venture capital firm.

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  • "Catlog Board" automatically tracks cats' weight, amount/frequency of urination, and more

    "Catlog Board" automatically tracks cats' weight, amount/frequency of urination, and more

    On October 5, Rabo announced "Catlog Board", which automatically tracks cats' body weight, as well as how many times and how much they urinate. Makuake has started preorders for it.

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  • Acompany independently develops multi-party secure computation engine

    Acompany independently develops multi-party secure computation engine

    On October 5, Acompany announced that it has independently developed a secure computation engine, QuickMPC, that leverages the secure computation method known as multi-party computation (MPC).

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  • Platinumaps, a new function that digitalizes facility maps and supports stimulation of consumption

    Platinumaps, a new function that digitalizes facility maps and supports stimulation of consumption

    On September 30, Boldright started providing “Platinum floor maps,” which supports the stimulation of consumption using digitalization by digitalizing floor maps (floor guides) of shopping malls, theme parks, event venues, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, and so on and integrates electronic coupons and digital stamp collection functions.

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  • Halmek Ventures and Shinkokai to collaborate to expand their services

    Halmek Ventures and Shinkokai to collaborate to expand their services

    From October 12, the medical corporation Shinkokai and Halmek Ventures will offer a joint service.

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  • The release of the β version of “Agripad,” a web service for questions and reviews specializing in agricultural materials

    The release of the β version of “Agripad,” a web service for questions and reviews specializing in agricultural materials

    On September 30, Mondoworks announced that it had started providing services for the beta version of “Agripad,” a web service for questions and reviews specializing in agricultural materials.

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  • Multilingual translation service Wovn releases "WOVN.api", a new feature allowing users to search sites in multiple languages

    Multilingual translation service Wovn releases "WOVN.api", a new feature allowing users to search sites in multiple languages

    Wovn Technologies released the new feature "WOVN.api" on October 1.

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  • Senri officially releases "SENRI Direct Order", a mobile ordering platform for retailers in the developing world

    Senri officially releases "SENRI Direct Order", a mobile ordering platform for retailers in the developing world

    On October 1 Senri officially released their mobile ordering platform "SENRI Direct Order," which is built specifically for retailers based in developing countries. And simultaneous with this release, the company's original name, "Africa Incubator Ltd.," was changed to "Senri Ltd."

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  • iMed Technologies raises $1.62M in funds

    iMed Technologies raises $1.62M in funds

    iMed Technologies announced on October 1 that it has raised 170 million yen (around $1.62 million) in funds through the third-party allotment of shares. Underwriters include funds managed by SBI Investment, the Graduate School of Management of Globis University (G-GROWTH fund), and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital.

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  • ADDress raises additional funds from Marui Group and others for unlimited coliving service with flat rates

    ADDress raises additional funds from Marui Group and others for unlimited coliving service with flat rates

    ADDress announced on October 1 that it had raised additional funds in a Series B round from Marui Group, Ritsumeikan Social Impact Fund Investment Limited Partnership (Plus Social Investment) and Himawari G4 Investment Limited Partnership (Chibagin Capital). The funds were raised through a third-party allocation of shares.

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  • Thinker launches CASTORY service providing automatic analysis of customer journeys with AI

    Thinker launches CASTORY service providing automatic analysis of customer journeys with AI

    On September 23, Thinker launched CASTORY, a service that integrates online and offline data held by companies for automatic, AI-based analysis of customer journeys. The service enables visualization of problem points in user behavior and the impact of improvements. Its monthly cost starts at ¥50,000 (approx. $475).

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  • Genext releases AI-Contact Mobile, an app that detects traffic violations of company cars via smartphone

    Genext releases AI-Contact Mobile, an app that detects traffic violations of company cars via smartphone

    Genext, a company dealing in traffic safety, started providing AI-Contact Mobile on September 30. AI-Contact Mobile is a corporate-aimed app that automatically detects traffic violations via smartphones and prevents accidents.

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  • With office lunch social delivery project "JOY Bento," you can enjoy restaurant lunches even during corona!

    With office lunch social delivery project "JOY Bento," you can enjoy restaurant lunches even during corona!

    On September 28, Offisis launched an office lunch social delivery project "JOY Bento," which lets you enjoy lunch from restaurants even during Corona. We've started the project from the Nishi-Shinjuku area.

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  • On-demand airport transport service Smart Shuttle now links with route search app

    On-demand airport transport service Smart Shuttle now links with route search app

    On September 28, NearMe and Jordan began offering a service linkage between Smart Shuttle, an AI-powered on-demand airport transport service app, and Japan Transit Planner, a route search app.

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  • Menou raises $760,000 to develop deep learning technology for manufacturing sites

    Menou raises $760,000 to develop deep learning technology for manufacturing sites

    Menou announced on September 28th that it had raised about ¥80 million (approximately $760,000). The funds were raised from DEEPCORE, CCS and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital.

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  • Launch of "Kotozna In-room," a multilingual communication tool for accommodation facilities

    Launch of "Kotozna In-room," a multilingual communication tool for accommodation facilities

    JTB and Kotozna announced on September 24 that they have jointly developed "Kotozna In-room," a non-contact multilingual communication tool that brings guests and the staff of accommodation facilities together. This tool will be available for sale on October 1 for accommodation facilities in Japan.

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  • Kinokuniya to open first Kinokuniya Sutto mini supermarket using TTG self-checkout system

    Kinokuniya to open first Kinokuniya Sutto mini supermarket using TTG self-checkout system

    Touch to Go (TTG) and Kinokuniya announced on September 24 that the first store to introduce TTG's self-checkout system will be Kinokuniya Sutto Mejiro Station, Kinokuniya's first self-checkout mini supermarket. The store will open on October 16, just outside the ticket gate at Mejiro Station on the JR Yamanote Line.

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  • Value Market releases new service to solve the hiring problem for startups

    Value Market releases new service to solve the hiring problem for startups

    On September 16, Value Market, which deploys Code Climber, a hiring support service that specializes in freelance IT engineers for startups, released a new service to solve the startup hiring problem.

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  • Launch of “Crewto” (β-version), Japan’s first matching service that allows users to find new jobs or switch jobs in teams

    Launch of “Crewto” (β-version), Japan’s first matching service that allows users to find new jobs or switch jobs in teams

    Crewto has launched the β-version of “Crewto,” a service that matches teams seeking employment with companies that are recruiting or outsourcing, on September 24.

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  • Kansei AI Analytics - Impression Checker, a service that evaluates the sound and impression of product names

    Kansei AI Analytics - Impression Checker, a service that evaluates the sound and impression of product names

    On September 23, Kansei AI announced the renewal of its service for evaluating the sound and impression of its product names. Kansei AI will begin offering it to corporations as Kansei AI Analytics - Impression Checker starting October 1.

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  • "Mojiko," a transcription editor developed by TBS Television, will be sold to companies

    "Mojiko," a transcription editor developed by TBS Television, will be sold to companies

    TBS Television announced on September 23 that it has provided the license of "Mojiko," a transcription editor developed by the same company, to Yoshidumi Information and started sales to companies.

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  • "CONVER swing capture`Csc`ver.2.0.0," a golf swing analyzer application that analyzes videos on smartphones using AI

    "CONVER swing capture`Csc`ver.2.0.0," a golf swing analyzer application that analyzes videos on smartphones using AI

    On September 23, Conver announced that the golf swing analyzer application, "CONVER swing capture`Csc`ver.2.0.0," will start providing services to the general public at CONVER GOLF Lab., which is run by the same company. The service will start on October 9.

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  • SkyFarm selected to collaborate with Yokohama FC for the smart delivery service of stadium food project, supported by Kanagawa Prefecture

    SkyFarm selected to collaborate with Yokohama FC for the smart delivery service of stadium food project, supported by Kanagawa Prefecture

    On September 11, SkyFarm announced that it had been selected for the smart delivery service of food at Yokohama FC stadium, a project supported by Kanagawa Prefecture.

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  • ScanX Cloud software classifies and analyzes 3D point cloud data online with high accuracy

    ScanX Cloud software classifies and analyzes 3D point cloud data online with high accuracy

    On September 17, ScanX released ScanX Cloud. The new software enables 3D point cloud data acquired using a variety of devices to be classified and analyzed online with a high degree of accuracy.

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  • "Virtual Nail Try-on App" now available from Kose

    "Virtual Nail Try-on App" now available from Kose

    On September 16, KOSÉ released the "NAIL HOLIC App," which lets users try out NAIL HOLIC's full lineup of colors right on their smartphones with ease using virtual technology.

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  • Preorders for the short-range mobility vehicle "WHILL Model C2"  available from September 21

    Preorders for the short-range mobility vehicle "WHILL Model C2" available from September 21

    On September 17, Whill announced the sale of the "WHILL Model C2". Pre-orders will be available from September 21, which is Respect for the Elderly Day.

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  • Preorders for "GoBe3," a smart band that automatically measures calorie intake, will open on September 18

    Preorders for "GoBe3," a smart band that automatically measures calorie intake, will open on September 18

    Healbe Japan announced on September 16 that it will be launching "GoBe3," a smart band that can automatically measure calorie intake. This product will be released through online shops and distributors nationwide on October 1. The retail price of GoBe3 will be 29,700 yen (around $294).

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  • Crowdfunding at CAMPFIRE started for the BCON controller to enter commands with your limbs

    Crowdfunding at CAMPFIRE started for the BCON controller to enter commands with your limbs

    Gloture has started crowdfunding at CAMPFIRE on September 16 for "BCON," a wearable controller. The crowdfunding will end on October 29.

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  • IQUI, a pen-sized 360-degree camera by Ricoh members, to be released in October

    IQUI, a pen-sized 360-degree camera by Ricoh members, to be released in October

    On September 16, Vecnos announced that it will release the pen-sized 360-degree camera IQUI on October 1. The price is 32,780 JPY (approx. 313 USD).

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  • The official release of “QuickGet”, a digital convenience that delivers products in a minimum duration of 5 minutes and within 30 minutes

    The official release of “QuickGet”, a digital convenience that delivers products in a minimum duration of 5 minutes and within 30 minutes

    On September 16, Rekipio that the official release of “QuickGet”, a digital convenience store service.

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  • “Itas Cloud” is an AI that analyzes written text to discover hints for resolving issues from “voices of customers”

    “Itas Cloud” is an AI that analyzes written text to discover hints for resolving issues from “voices of customers”

    On September 14, Insight Tech began offering their “Itas Cloud” dashboard that can discover hints for resolving issues from VOC (Voice of Customer) text data, which brings together the opinions of customers and users from a variety of businesses.

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  • Ken Robotech, the provider of collaborative robot Tomorobo, raises approximately $1.9M funds

    Ken Robotech, the provider of collaborative robot Tomorobo, raises approximately $1.9M funds

    On September 15, Ken Robotech announced the third-party allotment of capital in its fundraiser's seed round. There are two underwriters: Glocalink and Mobile Internet Capital Inc. Ken Robotech also made long-term loans from the Bank of China and the Shoko Chukin Bank, raising a total of 200M JPY in funds (approx. 1.9M USD).

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  • Timee, a side job app, raises USD12.68M

    Timee, a side job app, raises USD12.68M

    Timee announced on September 15 that it has raised 1.34 billion JPY (approx. 12.68 million USD) worth of funds.

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  • The furniture subscription service subslife raises $28.4M

    The furniture subscription service subslife raises $28.4M

    On September 14, subsclife raised nearly 3 billion yen (approximately 28.4 million dollars) in capital.

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  • Launch of a new plan for Menhera Senpai, the chat consulting service, that makes it possible to consult hostesses and clinical psychologists

    Launch of a new plan for Menhera Senpai, the chat consulting service, that makes it possible to consult hostesses and clinical psychologists

    On September 11, Menhera Technology launched a new plan called Menhera Senpai SP. that makes it possible to consult hostesses and clinical psychologists.

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  • Uuuo enables ordering freshly caught fish via app

    Uuuo enables ordering freshly caught fish via app

    Uuuo released its UUUO platform on September 11, enabling the ordering of fresh fish available at seafood market auctions in fishing areas via an app.

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  • Magic Shields raises seed capital for the sale of floorings that prevent the elderly from getting injured from falls

    Magic Shields raises seed capital for the sale of floorings that prevent the elderly from getting injured from falls

    Magic Shields announced on September 11 that it has raised around 40 million yen in seed capital for the general sale of a "soft-impact flooring" that prevents the elderly from suffering fractures in a fall.

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  • CosmoSkin project to develop cosmetics that can be used in space

    CosmoSkin project to develop cosmetics that can be used in space

    On September 11, Pola Orbis Holdings and ANA Holdings launched the CosmoSkin project, a joint initiative to develop products that will add beauty and comfort to life in space.

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  • LEAF is a healthcare app designed for businesses that can improve communication between employees

    LEAF is a healthcare app designed for businesses that can improve communication between employees

    On September 8, Arteryex announced the launch of LEAF, a healthcare app designed for businesses.

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  • Konaka launches "AI SPEED ORDER," a service for custom-made suits that utilizes an AI automatic measurement app

    Konaka launches "AI SPEED ORDER," a service for custom-made suits that utilizes an AI automatic measurement app

    Konaka announced on September 9 that it has launched "AI SPEED ORDER," a service for custom-made suits that utilizes an AI automatic measurement app, for the company's dual-line/dual-price commercial outlet "SUIT SELECT" that is based on the concept of "real suits" and which has a presence both in Japan and abroad. This service will commence on September 12.

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  • Information sharing tool operator Stock raises a total of $940,000 in seed round

    Information sharing tool operator Stock raises a total of $940,000 in seed round

    Stock (formerly LinkLive) announced on September 8 that it had raised a total of ¥100 million (roughly $940,000) in a seed round from angel investors including DNX Ventures, East Ventures, Money Forward, Infcurion, Yo Nagami, and Daisuke Kamada.

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  • 2nd Japan Automotive AI Challenge finals competition to be held online

    2nd Japan Automotive AI Challenge finals competition to be held online

    The Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan announced on September 7 that it will be holding the 2nd Japan Automotive AI Challenge Finals. The said competition is scheduled to be held from September 23 to November 6.

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  • “Tsuku-Kit,” a one-board microcomputer that teaches parents and kids how to do programming

    “Tsuku-Kit,” a one-board microcomputer that teaches parents and kids how to do programming

    On September 3, tsukurel started the sale of Scratch teaching material for parents and kids, called, “tsukurel programming kit for parents and children (Tsuku-Kit).”

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  • ANSeeN raises a total of $10.17M in funding to build high-volume production of X-ray color cameras

    ANSeeN raises a total of $10.17M in funding to build high-volume production of X-ray color cameras

    ANSeeN announced on September 7 that they raised a total of ¥1.08 billion (about $10.17 million) in funding.

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  • BionicM, a powered prostheses company, strengthens its management structure as it raises $5.18M in funds

    BionicM, a powered prostheses company, strengthens its management structure as it raises $5.18M in funds

    BionicM announced on September 7 that it has raised 550 million yen (around $5.18 million) in funds and has moved to strengthen its management structure.

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  • RoomClip raises $9.41M for inspiration photo sharing service

    RoomClip raises $9.41M for inspiration photo sharing service

    RoomClip announced on September 2 that it had raised a total of approximately ¥1 billion (around $9.41 million) in a Series D round.

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  • Snaq.me, a company that provides subscription service of snacks, conducts third-party allocation of shares

    Snaq.me, a company that provides subscription service of snacks, conducts third-party allocation of shares

    On September 3, Snaq.me announced that it has received financing of about 260 million yen (about 2.45 million dollars). The amount of financing so far totals 600 million yen (about 5.65 million dollars).

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  • Virtual human company Aww raises $940,000 from investors

    Virtual human company Aww raises $940,000 from investors

    On September 3, Aww announced that they had raised ¥100,000,000 (approx. $940,000 USD) from Coral Capital in their seed round.

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  • Tier Ⅳ to collaborate on commercialization of AI training system

    Tier Ⅳ to collaborate on commercialization of AI training system

    Tier Ⅳ announced on September 1 that it would collaborate with BrainIV and Minami HD to develop and commercialize a driving skill testing system and training system based on self-driving technology.

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  • Smart litter box toletta begins offering its new Light Plan for 7.5 dollars a month

    Smart litter box toletta begins offering its new Light Plan for 7.5 dollars a month

    On September 1, the smart litter box toletta began offering its new Light Plan for a monthly fee of ¥798 (~7.5 dollars).

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  • With “Rimo Voice,” you can transcript an hour of audio in five minutes

    With “Rimo Voice,” you can transcript an hour of audio in five minutes

    On September 1, Rimo announced the release of “Rimo Voice,” an AI transcription service specialized in the Japanese language.

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  • The "flying car" company SkyDrive raises $36.84M in its Series B round of financing

    The "flying car" company SkyDrive raises $36.84M in its Series B round of financing

    SkyDrive announced on August 28 that it has raised 3.9 billion yen (around $36.84 million) in its Series B round of financing through the third-party allocation of shares with 10 companies including the Development Bank of Japan as underwriters.

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  • New Freshness Burger patty uses plant-based Miracle Meat

    New Freshness Burger patty uses plant-based Miracle Meat

    DAIZ announced on August 31 that the plant-based Miracle Meat developed and produced by the company will be used to make the patties for the Good Burger sold by Freshness Burger.

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  • “Vecnos,” a startup by Ricoh, releases a 360-degree camera editing app

    “Vecnos,” a startup by Ricoh, releases a 360-degree camera editing app

    Vecnos has released “IQUISPIN,” a smartphone application that allows users to add motion patterns and special effects to photos taken using 360-degree cameras and easily create short videos, on August 28. Short videos created with IQUISPIN can be shared on social media platforms, as well as via email and SMS.

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  • Crowdfunding for "popIn Aladdin SE" low-priced projector with room light

    Crowdfunding for "popIn Aladdin SE" low-priced projector with room light

    On August 28, Popin started crowdfunding at Makuake for "popIn Aladdin SE," a low-priced version of the "popIn Aladdin SE" projector with integrated room light.

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  • Teplo Teapot - A teapot that brews tea according to your mood

    Teplo Teapot - A teapot that brews tea according to your mood

    On the 26 of August, Load&Road announced the launch of a smart teapot, the Teplo Teapot. It will be available on the official Teplo website from August 29, as well as in select shops and department stores in Japan and the United States. The price is ¥27,500 (about $260).

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  • Line launches a development platform capable of introducing blockchain to its existing services

    Line launches a development platform capable of introducing blockchain to its existing services

    LVC and Line Tech Plus announced on August 26 that they have launched the blockchain service development platform "LINE Blockchain Developers" and the digital asset management wallet "BITMAX Wallet."

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  • Ushio to jointly develop UV sterilization/virus suppression equipment with Toshiba Lighting & Technology

    Ushio to jointly develop UV sterilization/virus suppression equipment with Toshiba Lighting & Technology

    Ushio and Toshiba Lighting & Technology announced the joint development of UV virus inactivation/sterilization equipment usable in environments where people are present on August 26.

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  • Jij, a quantum annealing research company, raised $1,900,000 in funding

    Jij, a quantum annealing research company, raised $1,900,000 in funding

    On August 27, Jij announced that they had raised a total of approximately ¥200,000,000 (around $1,900,000) in funding. These funds were raised through the third-party allocation of shares with ANRI and DEEPCORE as leading investors, with Innovations and Future Creation as the undertaker.

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  • Attrac Lab develops indoor drone-controlling technology using overhead cameras and AR markers

    Attrac Lab develops indoor drone-controlling technology using overhead cameras and AR markers

    Attrac Lab announced on August 25 that it has developed indoor drone-controlling technology utilizing AR markers in a joint project with Saga University.

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  • Lily MedTech, a startup launched at the University of Tokyo, adopted for the fiscal 2020 PCA run by NEDO

    Lily MedTech, a startup launched at the University of Tokyo, adopted for the fiscal 2020 PCA run by NEDO

    Lily MedTech announced that it was adopted for the fiscal 2020 Technology-based Startup Support Program/Product Commercialization Alliance (PCA) run by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Organization (NEDO).

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  • Kubota Pharmaceutical succeeds in POC trial of myopia device using unique technology

    Kubota Pharmaceutical succeeds in POC trial of myopia device using unique technology

    On August 25, Kubota Pharmaceutical Holdings announced the success of a proof of concept (POC) trial of Kubota Glasses, a wearable myopia device based on unique active stimulation technology.

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  • C-to-C platform "Pocket Marche" raises a total of $8M

    C-to-C platform "Pocket Marche" raises a total of $8M

    On August 24, it was announced that Pocket Marche had raised a total of 850 million yen (about 8 million dollar) in funding through third-party allocation of shares with six companies, including Marui group and Orange Page.

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  • AI-based pathology solutions company MedDomain raises $10M

    AI-based pathology solutions company MedDomain raises $10M

    Medmain announced on August 24 that it has raised about ¥1.1 billion (about USD $10.34 million) through third-party allotment with multiple hospital groups, venture capital companies, operating companies, and individual investors. The action brings the company's cumulative funding total to ¥1.2 billion (about USD $11.28 million).

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  • bitBiome, a company offering single-cell genomics technology, raises $6.58M

    bitBiome, a company offering single-cell genomics technology, raises $6.58M

    bitBiome announced on August 24 that it has raised a total of 700 million yen (around $6.58 million) in the Series B round of financing. These funds have been raised through the third-party allotment of shares with multiple companies (existing and new investors), including The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners and Universal Materials Incubator, as underwriters. Including the funds raised in this round, the company has raised a total of 1.05 billion yen (around $9.87 million).

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  • PickGo begins recruiting motorcycle and bicycle delivery partners

    PickGo begins recruiting motorcycle and bicycle delivery partners

    On August 21, CBcloud announced that it will begin recruiting partners for delivery operations using motorcycles and bicycles for its PickGo delivery matching platform. The company aims to begin delivery service using motorcycles and bicycles this fall.

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  • Tetra releases flight video of its flying car and announces joint research with JAXA

    Tetra releases flight video of its flying car and announces joint research with JAXA

    On August 20, Tetra Aviation released a video showing the flight of their award-winning aircraft at the Fukushima Robot Testing Field. The said aircraft won the international aircraft development competition GoFly, which was held in the US on February 20. teTra also announces joint research with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency).

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  • Launch of “KARTE GATHER,” a product that imparts new value to stores through toy-mediated online customer service

    Launch of “KARTE GATHER,” a product that imparts new value to stores through toy-mediated online customer service

    On August 20, Plaid announced the launch of “KARTE GATHER,” a new product of the CX platform “KARTE” operated by the same company.

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  • Kurashiru Retail Platform allows retailers to set up online grocery stores with zero initial costs

    Kurashiru Retail Platform allows retailers to set up online grocery stores with zero initial costs

    Japanese startup Dely announced on Tuesday the launch of Kurashiru Retail Platform, a service that will allow retailers to set up online grocery stores with zero initial costs and no system development on their part.

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  • Hakuhodo begin research and development of an automated conversation tool for the button-type speaker, Pechat

    Hakuhodo begin research and development of an automated conversation tool for the button-type speaker, Pechat

    On August 8, Hakuhodo announced that they had begun research and development of an automated conversation tool for the button-type speaker, Pechat As part of the first stage, a new function called "Raku Raku Mode" is being offered whereby you can create a conversation just by choosing from the dialogue offered.

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  • "Story AI" analyzes the emotional beats in a scenario and visualizes them in graph form - now available in a Beta version

    "Story AI" analyzes the emotional beats in a scenario and visualizes them in graph form - now available in a Beta version

    Xrosriver has released a Beta version of its story analysis service, "Story AI".

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  • Jolly Good announces Multi-Connection Remote VR Clinical System, enabling clinical training without gathering in one place

    Jolly Good announces Multi-Connection Remote VR Clinical System, enabling clinical training without gathering in one place

    On August 17, Jolly Good announced its Multi-Connection Remote VR Clinical System. The new system is designed to enable VR-based clinical training without physically gathering in one place.

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  • BitStar has raised a total of $9,480,000 through fundraising and is furthering strategic partnerships with various companies

    BitStar has raised a total of $9,480,000 through fundraising and is furthering strategic partnerships with various companies

    BitStar announced that they raised a total of ¥1,000,000,000 (approximately $9,480,000) through fundraising on August 17. These funds were raised through the third-party allocation of funds with the undertakers being Dentsu Group, Marui Group, FORiT, Skiyaki, BeMap, and Sega Sammy Holdings, as well as the existing shareholders of Colopl Next and ABC Dream Ventures.

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  • Beyond AI Research Promotion Organization, a cutting-edge AI research endeavor by Tokyo University and Softbank

    Beyond AI Research Promotion Organization, a cutting-edge AI research endeavor by Tokyo University and Softbank

    On August 6, Tokyo University, the SoftBank Group, and Yahoo! announced their establishment of the most advanced AI research institution, "Beyond AI Research Promotion Organization," as well as the start of their joint research.

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  • Stock trading management Fintech app "Kaview" released

    Stock trading management Fintech app "Kaview" released

    Tecotech released their stock trading management fintech app "Kaview" (iOS/Android) on August 6.

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  • Bukken SCAN! real estate sales listing automated scanning tool begins service

    Bukken SCAN! real estate sales listing automated scanning tool begins service

    Renosy X began providing its Bukken SCAN! automated scanning (OCR) tool for real estate sales listings on August 6.

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  • Startup Aillis raises approximately $27M from Toyota and others to develop AI medical equipment

    Startup Aillis raises approximately $27M from Toyota and others to develop AI medical equipment

    Aillis announced on August 6 that it had completed a new fundraising round, with backing from the Mirai Creation Fund II and others. Since its founding in November 2017, the company has raised a total of approximately ¥2.9 billion (approx. 27 million dollar).

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  • The new virtual character of the DX Cloud Tool "riclink" can be used for company promotion efforts

    The new virtual character of the DX Cloud Tool "riclink" can be used for company promotion efforts

    On July 29, CS Link created a virtual character for the DX Cloud Tool "riclink," together with Gugenka. It can be used for promoting video streams of companies.

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  • Launch of “MOFLIN,” a fluffy AI pet that is as adorable as a real living creature

    Launch of “MOFLIN,” a fluffy AI pet that is as adorable as a real living creature

    On July 29, Vanguard Industries began accepting pre-orders for the AI pet “MOFLIN” on the crowdfunding website “Kickstarter.” MOFLIN is a pet robot that is equipped with a proprietary AI technology that utilizes genetic algorithms.

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  • Corpy&Co. announces prelaunch of AI operation and quality control platform CONFIDE

    Corpy&Co. announces prelaunch of AI operation and quality control platform CONFIDE

    On August 6, Corpy&Co. announced the prelaunch of CONFIDE, a service that facilitates AI operation and quality control for domain-specific AI.

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  • Beta release for knowhap, creating connections from knowhow starting points

    Beta release for knowhap, creating connections from knowhow starting points

    On August 5, Smoo released a beta version of "knowhap," an online service that creates connections based on knowhow.

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  • Nature Remo 3, a third-generation smart remote capable of realizing smart homes with ease

    Nature Remo 3, a third-generation smart remote capable of realizing smart homes with ease

    On August 5, Nature released Nature Remo 3, a third-generation remote that allows easy deployment.

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  • Ellcano, a lodging reservation request app for extended stays, opens for advanced registration

    Ellcano, a lodging reservation request app for extended stays, opens for advanced registration

    On August 4, Cansell opened advanced registrations for Ellcano, a lodging reservation request app that specializes in extended stays.

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  • Photosynth raises a total of $33.1M, develops new strategy

    Photosynth raises a total of $33.1M, develops new strategy

    Photosynth announced on August 4 that it has raised a total of ¥3.5 billion (about $33.1 million) in new funding. It also announced the Akerun Access Intelligence authentication base and the new Akerun Visitor Management System service, which are intended to facilitate the transition to a keyless society.

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  • Virtual Hamasta, a VR space where you can watch matches and cheer on your favorite players, by KDDI and Yokohama DeNA BayStars

    Virtual Hamasta, a VR space where you can watch matches and cheer on your favorite players, by KDDI and Yokohama DeNA BayStars

    On August 4, KDDI and Yokohama DeNA BayStars announced Virtual Hamasta, which allows users to enjoy watching matches while supporting their favorite players in the comfort of their homes. A free trial will be available on August 11.

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  • "On-nomi BOX," a service for online drinking parties for corporations, was launched

    "On-nomi BOX," a service for online drinking parties for corporations, was launched

    On August 3, Nonpi raised a total of ¥210 million (about $1.98 million) in funding to launch "On-nomi BOX", a service for online drinking parties for corporations.

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  • Findy, a company that seeks to promote the recruitment of engineers and improvements at engineering organizations, raises $7.26M

    Findy, a company that seeks to promote the recruitment of engineers and improvements at engineering organizations, raises $7.26M

    Findy announced that it has raised 770 million yen (around $7.26 million) in funds on August 3. These funds were raised through a combination of loans and third-party allotment of shares with Global Brain (an existing investor) as the lead investor, and United, SMBC Venture Capital, KDDI (KDDI Open Innovation Fund No. 3), JA Mitsui Leasing, Hakuhodo BY Future Design Fund (Hakuhodo BY Ventures), and Mizuho Capital as underwriters.

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  • Camper sharing service Carstay raises about $470,000

    Camper sharing service Carstay raises about $470,000

    Carstay announced in August 3 that it has raised about 50 million yen (about US 470,000 dollars) in funding. The capital infusion is through third-party allocation of shares to CyberAgent Capital, Inc., Lifetime Ventures, and individual investors including Makoto Hirai and Shintaro Tabata. As a result, Carstay's total amount of funding, including loans from financial institutions, is 130 million yen (about US 1.23 million dollars).

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  • Raisu, an app for analyzing rice grain quality

    Raisu, an app for analyzing rice grain quality

    On July 30, Skymatix launched Raisu, the industry's first smartphone app capable of appraising the quality of unmilled rice from a single smartphone photo.

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  • Electric micro mobility scooter sharing service Luup raises funding from Eneos, Obayashi

    Electric micro mobility scooter sharing service Luup raises funding from Eneos, Obayashi

    Luup announced on July 30 that it raised approximately ¥450 million. ANRI was the lead investor, with Eneos Group corporate venture capital firm Eneos Innovation Parners and Obayashi Corporation subscribing to third-party allotment.

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  • Announcing the closed beta launch of KARTE Blocks, a no-code management system for editing, updating, and evaluating the various elements of a site

    Announcing the closed beta launch of KARTE Blocks, a no-code management system for editing, updating, and evaluating the various elements of a site

    On July 30, Plaid began the closed beta of KARTE Blocks, the new product for its CX platform KARTE. The service is provided free of charge to a limited number of existing KARTE-using businesses for a limited period of time.

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  • Yup, which is developing a remuneration service for freelancers, has raised a total of $1.24M

    Yup, which is developing a remuneration service for freelancers, has raised a total of $1.24M

    On July 29, Yup announced that is raised a total of 130 million yen (approximately 1.24 million dollars). The investors of this round are East Ventures, Logly Investment, Incubate Fund, angel investors Yu Akasaka, Yusuke Sato, Shunsuke Oyu, Masaru Sunagawa, and two other individual investors.

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  • SenSprout raises funds through a third-party allocation of shares to develop and market an automatic irrigation scheduling system

    SenSprout raises funds through a third-party allocation of shares to develop and market an automatic irrigation scheduling system

    SenSprout announced on July 29 that it had completed a funding round through a third-party allocation of shares. The funding round was backed by JMTC Capital, GMO VenturePartners, FGN ABBALab, Shibata Shoji, Yosemite, Regain Group and Hiroshi Tomishima.

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  • Launch of a project to distribute Japan's distinctive ‘sounds’ on Apple Music and other services

    Launch of a project to distribute Japan's distinctive ‘sounds’ on Apple Music and other services

    On July 29, Audiostock, in collaboration with the Public Private Partnership Research Institute, launched the ‘Sounds of JAPAN’ project, which will distribute Japan's distinctive ‘sounds’ to the world.

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  • A.L.I. and SBS Holdings to jointly test logistics drones

    A.L.I. and SBS Holdings to jointly test logistics drones

    A.L.I. Technologies announced on July 29 that, together with general logistics company SBS Holdings, it will start testing logistics drones based on the assumption of use in lightly populated areas in Japan.

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  • University of Tokyo venture succeeds in artificially incubating coral using IoT

    University of Tokyo venture succeeds in artificially incubating coral using IoT

    On July 27, Inoka announced that it has succeeded in using IoT technology to artificially incubate coral spawn. The experiment was done in a completely closed environment in which the water temperature is synchronized with the sea surface temperature near Kume Island in Okinawa.

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  • Boulder, developer of employee success platform Well, raises $950,000 in capital

    Boulder, developer of employee success platform Well, raises $950,000 in capital

    Boulder announced on July 28 that it raised a total of ¥100 million (about $950,000) in the pre-Series A round. The subscribers are One Capital and Genesia Ventures.

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  • Official release of "Mantra Engine," a manga translation system that supports multiple languages

    Official release of "Mantra Engine," a manga translation system that supports multiple languages

    Mantra officially released "Mantra Engine," a corporate machine translation service for the translation of manga, on July 28.

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  • Maxell develops the Advanced Floating Image Display - a touch panel display that projects a highly visible image in the air

    Maxell develops the Advanced Floating Image Display - a touch panel display that projects a highly visible image in the air

    On July 27, Maxell announced that it has developed the Advanced Floating Image Display, which is a floating image touch panel display that can be operated without contact.

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  • Announcement of research findings for the capture and identification of transcription factors involved in the differentiation of human stem cells

    Announcement of research findings for the capture and identification of transcription factors involved in the differentiation of human stem cells

    A research group comprising members from the Keio University School of Medicine, National Center for Child Health and Development, Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Xcoo, and DNA Chip Research Inc. announced on July 17 that it has successfully captured and identified the transcription factors (TFs) that influence the differentiation of stem cells through the use of human embryonic stem cells (human ES cells).

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  • Incubate Fund establishes 5th fund of approximately $233.6M, the largest in its history

    Incubate Fund establishes 5th fund of approximately $233.6M, the largest in its history

    On July 20, Incubate Fund announced that it has created a fifth fund that will act as an institutional investor, using ¥25 billion (approximately 233.6 million dollars), which makes it the largest in the company's history. This means that the total amount of money controlled by the company's funds will be over ¥62 billion (over $580 million).

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  • IntegriCulture launches research into shrimp cell culture meat together with Singapore company

    IntegriCulture launches research into shrimp cell culture meat together with Singapore company

    On July 20, IntegriCulture announced the start of joint research into shrimp cell culture meat in collaboration with Shiok Meats of Singapore.

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  • Meson publishes the Conekton open source framework for AR app development

    Meson publishes the Conekton open source framework for AR app development

    On July 21, Meson published the Conekton open source framework that can be used to develop multiuser AR applications on various AR platforms.

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  • Andpad, a cloud-based construction project management service, raises around $3.7M via third-party allotment of shares

    Andpad, a cloud-based construction project management service, raises around $3.7M via third-party allotment of shares

    Andpad announced on July 20 that it has raised around 4 billion yen (around 3.7 million dallor) via third-party allotment of shares. Globis Capital Partners is the lead investor for this round of financing, with the existing investors DNX Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, and Beenext serving as underwriters.

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  • DNP develops “handwashing AI service” scheduled for launch in September

    DNP develops “handwashing AI service” scheduled for launch in September

    Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) announced a “handwashing AI service” on July 21 as a disease control measure for the novel coronavirus which aims to raise awareness of “proper handwashing” by using proprietary AI-based image analysis techniques to determine whether people are performing “proper handwashing” advocated by the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare. They plan to begin provision of the service in September.

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  • Smart cat litter box "toletta" launches a partnership program with veterinary clinics nationwide

    Smart cat litter box "toletta" launches a partnership program with veterinary clinics nationwide

    On July 17, Toletta Cats launched "Toletta Vets," a partnership program with veterinary clinics nationwide.

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  • Motion Lib develops a system transmitting tactile sensations bidirectionally via remote-control robots

    Motion Lib develops a system transmitting tactile sensations bidirectionally via remote-control robots

    On July 17, Motion Lib announced that with the general-purpose haptic IC chip "AbcCore," it has developed a remote-control system that bidirectionally transmits tactile sensations using commercially available robots.

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  • Hiraku Kids will be conducting a programming class using the family-type robot “LOVOT”

    Hiraku Kids will be conducting a programming class using the family-type robot “LOVOT”

    On July 20, robot venture GROOVE X announced its initiative with the Minatomirai school and Oimachi school of the after-school student care facility “Hiraku Kids Human Academy After school for Global Kids” (Hiraku Kids) managed by Human Academy. They will be conducting a programming class, “Happy LOVOT Programming!”, from August 3 to 7, making use of the family-type robot “LOVOT” developed by the same company.

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  • "MEBAIS," a medical assistant service that uses AI to help improve sales at hospitals and clinics

    "MEBAIS," a medical assistant service that uses AI to help improve sales at hospitals and clinics

    On July 14, Kismo released MEBAIS, a medical support system that uses AI to suggest optimal itemized statements of medical expenses.

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  • Baseball management/analysis service "9sta!" has integrated Mizuno's pitching analysis feature

    Baseball management/analysis service "9sta!" has integrated Mizuno's pitching analysis feature

    On July 15, Laiblitz announced the addition of a pitching analysis system to the "9sta! Sports Team Service," a baseball team management analysis system.

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  • J:COM launches trial for "J:COM For!," a ridesharing service for its commercial vehicles

    On July 16, Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) launched the trial for "J:COM For!," a ridesharing service for around 4,500 J:COM commercial vehicles across Japan.

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  • Life Brewing Craft, the craft beers made to represent each generation, created by analyzing magazine articles with AI

    Life Brewing Craft, the craft beers made to represent each generation, created by analyzing magazine articles with AI

    On July 15, Nippon Denki (NEC) and COEDO Brewery finished developing Life Brewing Craft, a range of craft beers made to represent the characteristics of each generation using AI analysis. They are available for purchase on the COEDO Beer online shop.

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  • QuickWork releases alpha version of Visual, a cloud solution for organizational improvement

    QuickWork releases alpha version of Visual, a cloud solution for organizational improvement

    On June 16, QuickWork released the alpha version of Visual, a cloud solution for improving organizational productivity. By visualizing engagement, the tool aims to raise the labor productivity of companies.

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  • Provision of new service “ChakuTime” begun by SmartDrive and Monoful

    Provision of new service “ChakuTime” begun by SmartDrive and Monoful

    On July 10, SmartDrive announced it would begin provision of the new service “ChakuTime,” a delay automatic notification service for the logistics industry that it jointly developed with Monoful.

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  • X-Locations extends the capabilities of its location-information big data utilization platform and launches an advertising service

    X-Locations extends the capabilities of its location-information big data utilization platform and launches an advertising service

    On July 14, X-Locations launched the new service "XL Location-based Advertising" on its location-information big data utilization platform. At the same time, it has raised 220 million yen (around $2.05 million) from venture funds.

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  • Partnering with startups, En-Japan enters DX business for SMEs

    Partnering with startups, En-Japan enters DX business for SMEs

    En-Japan announced on July 13 that it will have an investment quota of ¥10 billion (approx. $93.56 million) to start offering DX solution services to SMEs in a partnership with startups.

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  • PETOKOTO FOODS, a diagnostic service that suggests perfect menus and calories for pet dogs

    PETOKOTO FOODS, a diagnostic service that suggests perfect menus and calories for pet dogs

    Syrup announced on July 15 that the company started the personalized nutrition diagnosis service that assesses the condition of pet dogs.

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  • Tokyo University and DNP succeed in developing a skin-attachable display

    Tokyo University and DNP succeed in developing a skin-attachable display

    On July 13, the research team of Tokyo University's Dr. Takao Someya along with Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) announced their success in manufacturing a thin and elastic full-color skin display that evolves their original elastic hybrid electronic mounting technology, as well as a display device with an integrated drive/communication circuit and power supply. The skin-attachable display can show messages sent from the outside.

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  • Noco begins providing “toaster team” knowledge sharing tool

    Noco begins providing “toaster team” knowledge sharing tool

    On July 14, Noco began providing the official version of the “toaster team” team collaboration tool that makes possible one-stop task management of published knowledge by creating and sharing knowledge, such as operation manuals and procedures.

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  • DNP releases free "Reading Assist" that automatically converts to easy-to-read layouts

    DNP releases free "Reading Assist" that automatically converts to easy-to-read layouts

    On July 10, Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) released "Reading Assist," a technology that enhances readability with text layouts, free of charge for a limited time.

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  • Virtual karaoke platform Topia officially releases Topikara Room feature for karaoke parties

    Virtual karaoke platform Topia officially releases Topikara Room feature for karaoke parties

    On July 9, Unbereal released a new karaoke party feature, Topikara Room, for Topia, a virtual karaoke platform the company develops and operates.

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  • Boshimo - a Mother-Child Application launched parenting-related service online

    Boshimo - a Mother-Child Application launched parenting-related service online

    On July 9, MTI began offering "Boshimo Child-raising DX" service on "Boshimo", a mother-and-child diary application that planned and developed by MTI that allows users to record and manage maternal and child health data, so as to support online child-raising-related services operated by local governments.

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  • "CAMPFIRE Angels," a stock investment crowdfunding website, begins accepting applications

    "CAMPFIRE Angels," a stock investment crowdfunding website, begins accepting applications

    DAN Venture Capital announced on July 9 that it will be launching an updated version of its stock investment crowdfunding website. The new website will be launched on August 17 under the name "CAMPFIRE Angels."

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  • PEACE TW-1, the world's first fully wireless bone conduction earphones, to go on sale July 30

    PEACE TW-1, the world's first fully wireless bone conduction earphones, to go on sale July 30

    BoCo announced on July 8 that it will release the PEACE TW-1 wireless bone conduction earphones on July 30. It is the latest model in its earsopen series of bone conduction earphones. It is the world's first fully wireless bone conduction earphones. They cost ¥21,780 (approximately $200). It will be available in two colors: black and white.

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  • d.a.t. releases RighTect, an AI content copyright infringement control service

    d.a.t. releases RighTect, an AI content copyright infringement control service

    On July 7, d.a.t. released RighTect, an AI content copyright infringement control service.

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  • Independent venture capital firm One Capital launches first fund of approximately $46.5M

    Independent venture capital firm One Capital launches first fund of approximately $46.5M

    On July 7, One Capital established the One Capital No. 1 Investment Limited Partnership, a fund of about ¥5 billion (approximately $46.5 million). The fund has started investment activities.

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  • “AI Watch Recommendations” uses AI to suggest Citizen watches suited to users

    “AI Watch Recommendations” uses AI to suggest Citizen watches suited to users

    ExaWizards announced the launch of the “AI Watch Recommendations” developed in collaboration with Citizen Watch on July 7.

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  • Online medical encyclopedia “MEDLEY” participates in a project to answer “pending” questions on COVID-19

    Online medical encyclopedia “MEDLEY” participates in a project to answer “pending” questions on COVID-19

    Medley announced on July 7 that it will be participating in a project aimed at supporting greater access to reliable healthcare information in collaboration with a group of experts, Google, and Medical Note.

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  • Chef dispatch service Sharedine raises $2M in funding

    Chef dispatch service Sharedine raises $2M in funding

    Sharedine announced on July 5 that it had raised about ¥220 million ($2.04 million) in pre-Series A funding. The financing was made via third party allocation of shares underwritten by Coral Capital, Monex Ventures, MSIVC, Nippon Life Insurance Company, iSGS Investment Works, Future Venture Capital, and multiple angel investors.

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  • Deep learning company Preferred Networks launches computer science education service

    Deep learning company Preferred Networks launches computer science education service

    On July 6, Preferred Networks announced the launch of a new computer science education service. The company is developing educational materials for programming courses. In the service's first stage, set to begin in August, these materials will be introduced in three in-person and online classes in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

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  • QD Laser, RETISSA Display, Retina Scanning Laser Eyewear Model rental for $4.6

    QD Laser, RETISSA Display, Retina Scanning Laser Eyewear Model rental for $4.6

    On July 3, QD Laser announced its Retina Scanning Laser Eyewear Model rental service. It has also begun a monitor sale campaign with reduced prices.

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  • Money Step, a pedometer app that allows you to earn funds for investment just by walking, has been released

    Money Step, a pedometer app that allows you to earn funds for investment just by walking, has been released

    Toranotec announced on July 6 that it started offering a pedometer app called "Money Step" that allows you to earn funds for investment just by walking. It is available on iOS, and the Android version is scheduled to be released this fall.

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  • Camera software that can display stamps during online meetings is available for subscription

    Camera software that can display stamps during online meetings is available for subscription

    Kid’s Plates announced on July 6 that it has developed the camera software “NICE CAMERA” which allows users to display “stamps” on their screen during online meetings via ZOOM, etc. Subscription in advance of the product’s scheduled release in August has begun.

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  • Cognitee, a "Teleconference Evaluator" which uses an AI to evaluate business negotiations during teleconferences

    Cognitee, a "Teleconference Evaluator" which uses an AI to evaluate business negotiations during teleconferences

    On July 1, following the proliferation of teleworking which led to the rapid rise in online business negotiations, Cognitee started providing a new service called "Teleconference Evaluator" which uses AI to check business negotiations during teleconferences and evaluate them to help close business deals.

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  • Proassist, in collaboration with a position information service and Inemuri Watcher, launches a cloud service for monitoring drowsy and distracted driving

    Proassist, in collaboration with a position information service and Inemuri Watcher, launches a cloud service for monitoring drowsy and distracted driving

    On July 1, Proassist began a cloud service for drivers and administrators in collaboration with a position information service for drivers and a drowsy driving monitoring device.

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  • Launch of "anata," a resume building service for smartphones developed by a 17-year-old engineer

    Launch of "anata," a resume building service for smartphones developed by a 17-year-old engineer

    On July 2, Quartet Communications launched "anata," a website that allows users to create their resume and curriculum vitae online for free using only their smartphone. The developer of this service is a 17-year-old engineer at the company.

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  • Sensyn Robotics raised a total of $20M in private placement and debt financing

    Sensyn Robotics raised a total of $20M in private placement and debt financing

    On June 30, Sensyn Robotics announced that it had completed a total of approximately 2.2 billion yen ($20.46 million) in funding. The company has raised about 1.4 billion yen (about $1.302 million) to date, bringing its total to about 3.6 billion yen (about $33.49 million).

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  • Genome editing service Setsuro Tech receives $5M in funding, strengthens foreign expansion

    Genome editing service Setsuro Tech receives $5M in funding, strengthens foreign expansion

    Setsuro Tech revealed on July 1 that it had received ¥63,000,000 (approx. $590,000) in funding through third-party allotment. This round of funding brought their total to ¥529,000,000 (approx. $4,920,000).

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  • Verification testing to start for City of Kobe no-touch service window information app

    Verification testing to start for City of Kobe no-touch service window information app

    On July 1, Acall announced that it will begin joint verification testing of the no-touch service window information app together with Chinogijutsu at the City of Kobe Higashinada Ward Office.

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  • Uniʼque begins provision of Yakummy, a social media app for yakumi lovers

    Uniʼque begins provision of Yakummy, a social media app for yakumi lovers

    On July 1, Uniʼque began its provision of Yakummy, a social media app for yakumi (Japanese condiments) lovers. uni'que is recruiting business managers as candidates to handle yakumi and take on the role of company president, in anticipation of a future corporate spin-off.

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  • MAP Shokunin is an MEO support and analysis multifunctional tool that solves customer attraction problems for stores

    MAP Shokunin is an MEO support and analysis multifunctional tool that solves customer attraction problems for stores

    On July 1, Free Square announced MAP Shokunin, an MEO support and analysis multifunctional tool that solves customer attraction problems for stores. It will be released July 7.

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  • Platinum Rally, a next-generation stamp rally that attracts visitors to tourist spots while keeping crowding to a minimum

    Platinum Rally, a next-generation stamp rally that attracts visitors to tourist spots while keeping crowding to a minimum

    On June 30, BoldLight began offering Platinum Rally, a stamp rally designed to revitalize local communities in response to the coronavirus.

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  • Bodygram, an app capable of estimating 24 parts of the entire human body via AI measuring technology

    Bodygram, an app capable of estimating 24 parts of the entire human body via AI measuring technology

    On June 26, Bodygram Japan announced the start of the provision of its AI measurement technology as its own app "Bodygram" on the App Store and Google Play. The said technology was originally provided only to select companies and services. This makes it possible for anyone to easily measure their entire body and view their measurements.

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  • Timehut offering free remote service platform

    Timehut offering free remote service platform

    UsideU began offering TimeHut, a service that allows sole proprietors and small business owners to open and operate free remote services on June 29.

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  • Kaminashi, a service promoting the digitization of non-desk workers, officially begins

    Kaminashi, a service promoting the digitization of non-desk workers, officially begins

    On June 29, Kaminashi, a management application touting the ability to improve the efficiency of non-desk workers, announce its official start.

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  • AI driven dog sitter subscription service adds significant advancement to Dog camera Furbo

    AI driven dog sitter subscription service adds significant advancement to Dog camera Furbo

    On June 29, Tomofun announced that starting June 30 it would begin providing Furbo Dog Sitter as a subscription service to users of the Furbo dog camera.

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  • AeroRange PRO, a drone that flies for three hours on gas and electric power

    AeroRange PRO, a drone that flies for three hours on gas and electric power

    Osaka-based Drone manufacturer AeroG Lab announced its new AeroRange PRO hybrid drone in June.

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  • Feature that supports the preparation of holographic wills to be added to the LINE-based will-preparation service “Time Capsule” in late July

    Feature that supports the preparation of holographic wills to be added to the LINE-based will-preparation service “Time Capsule” in late July

    Uniquest announced on June 25 that it will be adding a “feature that supports the preparation of holographic wills” to the free will-preparation service “Time Capsule” in late July.

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  • University of Tsukuba's Sportip start-up raises funds

    University of Tsukuba's Sportip start-up raises funds

    Sportip announced on June 25 that it has raised an undisclosed amount of funding. Monex Ventures, Deepcore, Deportare Partners were the third parties that increased their investment in Sportip. The first investor was Deportare Partners, represented by Mr. Dai Tamesue.

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  • Mountain Gorilla celebrates its 5th anniversary with "Gorilla beer," produced with a system developed in-house

    Mountain Gorilla celebrates its 5th anniversary with "Gorilla beer," produced with a system developed in-house

    On June 25, Mountain Gorilla announced the creation of "Gorilla beer," an original craft beer made using one of its systems developed in-house, in celebration of its 5th anniversary.

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  • AI cafe robot developer New Innovations raises $1.58M

    AI cafe robot developer New Innovations raises $1.58M

    On the 24 of June, New Innovations announced that they had raised ¥170 million (approx. $1.58 million) through further investment from existing shareholders, as well as third-party allotment of shares to new investors and businesses.

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  • M&A Cloud, an M&A matching platform, has raised funds totaling approximately $2.05M during its series B funding round

    M&A Cloud, an M&A matching platform, has raised funds totaling approximately $2.05M during its series B funding round

    M&A Cloud has announced on June 24 that in its series B funding round, it had raised funds totaling approximately 220 million yen (about 2.05 million dollars).

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  • Tebura Touen links systems with CoDMON for disposable diaper subscription service

    Tebura Touen links systems with CoDMON for disposable diaper subscription service

    On June 24, Babyjob announced that the systems of Tebura Touen and CoDMON would be linked from July 1. Tebura Touen is a flat-rate subscription service for disposable diapers, jointly developed by Babyjob and Unicharm. CoDMON is an ICT system for children's facilities provided by a company of the same name.

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  • Launch of “Sakeist,” a social media app for sake enthusiasts that seeks to connect sake fans around the world with sake breweries

    Launch of “Sakeist,” a social media app for sake enthusiasts that seeks to connect sake fans around the world with sake breweries

    On June 23, Khariis launched the iOS/Android app “Sakeist,” which seeks to connect international sake consumers and sommeliers with sake breweries in Japan, with the aim of promoting sake consumption and expanding its market in the world.

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  • Alt releases the alpha test of Nulltitude, the world’s first AI clone questionnaire

    Alt releases the alpha test of Nulltitude, the world’s first AI clone questionnaire

    On June 24, Alt and Alt Technologies released the alpha test of the questionnaire survey system Nulltitude, the world’s first AI clone (P. A. I.).

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  • Launch of xenoNowcast, a proprietary prediction value that provides daily predictions for industry statistics announced monthly

    Launch of xenoNowcast, a proprietary prediction value that provides daily predictions for industry statistics announced monthly

    On June 24, Xenodata Lab. launched the provision of xenoNowcast, a proprietary prediction value that provides daily predictions for industry statistics announced monthly.

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  • Launch of trial for the online numbered ticket service “VACAN Noline” at Granroof of Tokyo Station

    Launch of trial for the online numbered ticket service “VACAN Noline” at Granroof of Tokyo Station

    On June 23, Vacan and the JR East Japan Group Tetsudo Kaikan launched a trial for the online numbered ticket service “VACAN Noline,” which allows guests to wait for their turn without queuing up, at the commercial facility “Granroof” located at the Yaesu Exit of Tokyo Station.

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  • $2.8M in funding obtained by U-MAP, a venture company for innovative materials that are solving the heat problem

    $2.8M in funding obtained by U-MAP, a venture company for innovative materials that are solving the heat problem

    On June 19, U-MAP announced that it had obtained funding of about 300 million yen (approx. $2.8 million). The funding was obtained from the five companies of Real Tech Fund, Kyoto University Innovation Capital, OKB Capital, Shinsei Bank, and Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings.

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  • Space Walker, a space plane company, raises another $1.5M in its pre-seed round of financing

    Space Walker, a space plane company, raises another $1.5M in its pre-seed round of financing

    Space Walker announced on June 22 that it has raised another 155 million yen (approx. 1.5 million dollar) in its pre-seed round of financing. This amount was raised in the pre-seed round of financing that took place after the company's funding announcement (of 370 million yen, approx. 3.5 million dollar) made on October 1, 2019, until the end of February 2020. This pre-seed round of financing was undertaken via the allotment of convertible stock acquisition rights with Yoshihide Arai (CEO of Atrae), QB No. 1 Investment Limited Partnership, Hidekuni Takagi (President and Representative Director of Takagi Building), Hands In LLP, etc., as underwriters. The total funds raised, including from the angel round, amounted to 525 million yen (approx. 4.9 million dollar).

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  • CureApp’s nicotine dependency treatment app and CO Checker receive first regulatory approval in Japan

    CureApp’s nicotine dependency treatment app and CO Checker receive first regulatory approval in Japan

    On June 19, CureApp announced that it had received the first regulatory approval in Japan for the CureApp SC Nicotine Dependency Treatment App and CO Checker it has developed as a “medical treatment app” for which physicians can write prescriptions.

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  • CareWiz, an app by ExaWizards that provides support to home caregivers

    CareWiz, an app by ExaWizards that provides support to home caregivers

    On June 18, ExaWizards began offering a free iPhone app called CareWiz. The app teaches Humanitude techniques and provides support to struggling family caregivers.

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  • POL has started LabBase plus, a side job and job change service that specializes in technical personnel

    POL has started LabBase plus, a side job and job change service that specializes in technical personnel

    POL officially released LabBase plus, a side job and job change service that specializes in technical personnel.

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  • Teleken, a new service for analyzing online business discussions

    Teleken, a new service for analyzing online business discussions

    On June 17, Cognitee launched Teleken, a new service that uses AI to analyze online business discussions and determine whether or not they are likely to lead to a successful contract.

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  • Icaria, which aims for the early detection of cancer using urine tests, has obtained funding and changed its name to Craif

    Icaria, which aims for the early detection of cancer using urine tests, has obtained funding and changed its name to Craif

    On June 17, Icaria announced that it had obtained Series A funding. The funding was obtained from FF APAC Scout, a scout fund of Founders Fund, a US venture capital firm, as well as a major Japanese company and a US investment fund. At the same time the company changed its name to Craif.

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  • Announcement regarding Pediatrics Online and research results relating to machine learning technique for estimation of urgency of symptoms from preliminary interviews

    Announcement regarding Pediatrics Online and research results relating to machine learning technique for estimation of urgency of symptoms from preliminary interviews

    At the 34th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, Kids Public made announcements relating to a machine learning technique that can estimate the urgency of a consultation from a preliminary interview in its Pediatrics Online remote healthcare consultation service, which facilitates consultation with a pediatrician from a smartphone.

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  • Launch of “Koho Salon,” a subscription-based online salon for PR personnel

    Launch of “Koho Salon,” a subscription-based online salon for PR personnel

    On June 17, ShapeWin launched “Koho Salon,” which offers the three services of training, consultation, and networking for corporate PR personnel online.

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  • Unlimited changes name to "Brave group," issues approx. $7.5M in shares via third party allotment

    Unlimited changes name to "Brave group," issues approx. $7.5M in shares via third party allotment

    On June 16, the IP development project Unlimited changed its company name to "Brave group," and simultaneously announced the reform of its CI (corporate logo, mission, and vision) and executive structure, as well as the issuance of approximately ¥800 million (about $7.5 million) in shares via third party allotment.

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  • Beenext establishes two new funds to support digitization in Japan and other Asian countries

    Beenext establishes two new funds to support digitization in Japan and other Asian countries

    Beenext Capital Management announced on June 16 that it had finished raising about ¥17 billion ($160 million) for two newly established funds.

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  • Launch of "China Dokodemo WiFi," a WiFi service that allows users to browse Japanese websites without a VPN

    Launch of "China Dokodemo WiFi," a WiFi service that allows users to browse Japanese websites without a VPN

    On June 16, Joytel launched the mobile Wi-Fi router "China Dokodemo WiFi," which offers a fast and stable Internet connection for users in China to access Japanese websites for the benefit of Japanese expatriates who are bothered by Internet issues in China.

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  • iOS app VALL, which allows users to view famous artworks from around the world, begins offering service to the general public

    iOS app VALL, which allows users to view famous artworks from around the world, begins offering service to the general public

    On June 16, Amatorium released a version of VALL, their art streaming service aimed at businesses, for use by the general public. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people have begun working from home, and this new service is a response to their users who wanted to use the app at home.

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  • Frame00, developer of Japan's first cryptocurrency, "Dev," raises seed funding

    Frame00, developer of Japan's first cryptocurrency, "Dev," raises seed funding

    Frame00, the developer of Dev, Japan's first cryptocurrency, announced on June 15 that it has completed seed round fundraising for the project. The total raised has not been made public. Monex Ventures and Miraise are underwriters. The company has also carried out a developers' advance release of its "Stakes.social," a platform which makes more carefree social contribution than standard donations possible by enabling cryptocurrencies to be used, as the first of its DApps utilizing the Dev Protocol.

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  • Japan Post introduces CBcloud's SmaRyu Post system to enhance home delivery efficiency

    Japan Post introduces CBcloud's SmaRyu Post system to enhance home delivery efficiency

    On June 15, CBcloud, Japan Post and Optimind announced the introduction of SmaRyu Postx, a system to enhance the efficiency of home deliveries. The move is a step towards reforming the logistics industry.

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  • Prototype house HOMMA ONE completed

    Prototype house HOMMA ONE completed

    On June 11, Homma announced the completion of the prototype house HOMMA ONE in June at Benicia, California, USA.

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  • Launch of the website “Rethink PROJECT,” which seeks to solve local issues

    Launch of the website “Rethink PROJECT,” which seeks to solve local issues

    JT launched the website “Rethink PROJECT,” which seeks to solve issues in local communities through the establishment of partnerships, on June 8.

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  • In-store mobile order service SelfU adds an employee temperature monitoring feature

    In-store mobile order service SelfU adds an employee temperature monitoring feature

    Showcase Gig announced on June 10 that it added a feature to its in-store mobile table order service, SelfU, that makes it possible to monitor employees' temperatures. The feature aims to help prevent the spread of infection by making it easier to monitor employees' health.

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  • Launch of APIs for image recognition platform AIZE

    Launch of APIs for image recognition platform AIZE

    On June 10, Tripleize began providing APIs for its image recognition platform AIZE.

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  • Zero Zero One launches its official version of SaaS IoT search engine ‘Karma’

    Zero Zero One launches its official version of SaaS IoT search engine ‘Karma’

    On June 1, Zero Zero One launched ‘Karma’, the official version of the SaaS type search engine service, that visualizes information of domestic IoT devices.

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  • YUMEMI Service Design Sprint takes your unclear plans and transforms them into new endeavors

    YUMEMI Service Design Sprint takes your unclear plans and transforms them into new endeavors

    Starting June 8, Yumemi now provides a new service, YUMEMI Service Design Sprint, to support our clients in developing their new projects.

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  • WHILL Autonomous Drive System to begin operations at the Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal 1

    WHILL Autonomous Drive System to begin operations at the Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal 1

    On June 8, Whill announced that the WHILL Autonomous Drive System would begin operations in the Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal 1. This is the first time that an autonomous personal mobility system has been put to use at an airport for the purpose of transporting people.

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  • Mantra, a company specializing in machine translation technology adapted for manga and other manga-related corporate services, raises $740,000 in funds

    Mantra, a company specializing in machine translation technology adapted for manga and other manga-related corporate services, raises $740,000 in funds

    Mantra announced on June 8 that it has raised around 80 million yen (around $740,000) in funds. These funds were raised through third-party allotment of shares with Deepcore, DMM.com, Legend Partners, and other angel investors as underwriters.

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  • Introducing the Wallet ASP Service for money transfer smartphone application "Money Tap"

    Introducing the Wallet ASP Service for money transfer smartphone application "Money Tap"

    Infcurion Group announced on June 5 that it is providing a wallet ASP service called "Wallet Station" for its smartphone money transfer application "Money Tap."

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  • Simple CX survey for e-commerce businesses offered for free until the end of August

    Simple CX survey for e-commerce businesses offered for free until the end of August

    On June 8, Plaid and Emotion Tech announced that they have begun offering a simple CX (customer experience) survey service (Simple CX Survey for EC) for e-commerce businesses. The service will be offered for free to all those who apply before the end of August.

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  • "AI-CON Pro for Sales", a service that allows finalization of NDA by the sales department

    "AI-CON Pro for Sales", a service that allows finalization of NDA by the sales department

    On June 8, GVA Tech started the service of "AI-CON Pro for Sales" which allows the finalization of Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) by the Sales Department without direct involvement of the Legal Affair Representative.

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  • Thinkcyte raises $15.11 million in funds

    Thinkcyte raises $15.11 million in funds

    Thinkcyte, a company involved in the R&D of “high-speed cell sorting technology based on image recognition,” a real-time cell sorting system powered by AI that is based on next-generation high-speed, high-precision image recognition technology, announced that it has successfully raised funds through third-party allocation of shares.

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  • Development of AI solution that can ascertain crowding and numbers of people to limit the spread of coronavirus

    Development of AI solution that can ascertain crowding and numbers of people to limit the spread of coronavirus

    Elix, a technology company specialized in deep learning, has announced the development of an AI solution as a coronavirus (COVID-19) countermeasure that can analyze camera footage in real-time and which, by detecting the number of people and their positions, is able to measure numbers of groups and the crowding of people. From June 4th, trial versions of this solution have been offered to corporations and local governments, etc.

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  • Thecoo raises $3.5M for fandom business

    Thecoo raises $3.5M for fandom business

    Thecoo has announced that it has raised a total of ¥380 million (about $3.5 million) from six companies, including S5 Partners LLP, Nippon Venture Capital, YJ Capital and D4V1 Investment Limited Partnership.

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  • Token economy-based gourmet SNS creator, Ginkan, raises capital of US$2.58M

    Token economy-based gourmet SNS creator, Ginkan, raises capital of US$2.58M

    Ginkan, the company with its own token economy-based gourmet social networking service called ‘SynchroLife’, has raised approximately ¥280 million (roughly US$2.58 million) in its series A investment round through a third-party allocation of shares with MTG Ventures as the lead investor. The total funding will be approximately ¥400 million (roughly US$3.68 million).

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  • Kobe City and Medicaroid announce collaboration/cooperation for COVID-19 countermeasures

    Kobe City and Medicaroid announce collaboration/cooperation for COVID-19 countermeasures

    Kobe City and Medicaroid announced their collaboration and cooperation toward the development and social implementation of automated PCR testing robot systems in preparation for the next wave of the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

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  • IoT device company Sonas to enter the smart factory business area

    IoT device company Sonas to enter the smart factory business area

    On June 2, Sonas made a full-scale move into the smart factory business area. As an advanced sale, the company has released a wireless operation monitoring system as a labor-saving measure for operation monitoring.

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  • Launch of “VitaNote Quick,” a nutrition test kit that can detect dietary imbalance in 10 seconds

    Launch of “VitaNote Quick,” a nutrition test kit that can detect dietary imbalance in 10 seconds

    Yukashikado has started accepting pre-orders for the nutrition test kit “VitaNote Quick” on the crowdfunding platform “Makuake” on June 3.

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  • Launch of “Makasell” flea market sales agent matching service

    Launch of “Makasell” flea market sales agent matching service

    On June 2, Mono Technologies launched a sales agent matching platform called “Makasell.”

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  • Div, operator of TECH CAMP programming school, raises $17M in funding

    Div, operator of TECH CAMP programming school, raises $17M in funding

    On May 29, Div raised approximately 1.83 billion yen ($17 million) in funding. The funds were generated by means of a third-party allocation of shares, with Eight Roads Ventures Japan as the lead investor, and bank loans.

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  • “BRANDIT system” is an e-commerce system that performs integrated management of data for each item

    “BRANDIT system” is an e-commerce system that performs integrated management of data for each item

    On May 29, Brandit announced the “BRANDIT system” e-commerce system, which performs integrated management of all data for each item used in e-commerce operation to calculate the break-even point. This product will be available starting June 1.

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  • Sarah launches beta-version of “Smart Menu,” an electronic menu service for restaurants

    Sarah launches beta-version of “Smart Menu,” an electronic menu service for restaurants

    Sarah, the company behind the foodie community app “SARAH,” launched the beta-version of “Smart Menu,” an electronic menu service for restaurants, on May 28. The service will be offered to restaurants nationwide at no charge for a limited period starting from the same day.

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  • Pre-orders begin for sleep status-visualizing pajamas

    Pre-orders begin for sleep status-visualizing pajamas

    On May 29, Urban Research and Xenoma started accepting pre-orders for smart digital pajamas "Digital Healthcare Pajamas" at Urban Research's online store. The said product costs 31,900 JPY (about 296 USD) and will be on sale starting June 12.

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  • ReevoCube, a lemon-sized desktop computer with Windows 10

    ReevoCube, a lemon-sized desktop computer with Windows 10

    Edgenity announced on May 28 that crowdfunding for ReevoCube, a lemon-sized desktop computer with Windows 10, had reached its target amount after just eight hours.

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  • "X-SCOOTER LOM," the new electric scooter that makes short-distance travel fun, is now starting advance sales.

    "X-SCOOTER LOM," the new electric scooter that makes short-distance travel fun, is now starting advance sales.

    Glafit developed the newly conceived electric scooter "X-SCOOTER LOM" (cross scooter lom) on May 28, and has begun advanced sales through the crowdfunding service, Makuake.

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  • OKIPPA for Real Estate makes delivery boxes available with no initial or maintenance costs and no installation work

    OKIPPA for Real Estate makes delivery boxes available with no initial or maintenance costs and no installation work

    On May 27, Yper released OKIPPA for Real Estate, a service that enables owners of rental properties and real estate management companies to maintain a delivery box environment on their properties.

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  • iLect releases for free “PyGrade Training,” an application that provides training of Python skills

    iLect releases for free “PyGrade Training,” an application that provides training of Python skills

    On May 26, NABLAS released the application “PyGrade Training” for free, which is an application that provides coding skill training for the programming language “Python.”

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  • Knowledge Merchant Works, a distributor of store management tools, raised a total of 760 million yen in funds.

    Knowledge Merchant Works, a distributor of store management tools, raised a total of 760 million yen in funds.

    On May 22, Knowledge Merchant Works announced that they have raised a total of 760 million yen in investment funds. In a series B round of financing through third-party allotments, in addition to their original investor GMO VenturePartners, several new investors have underwritten it, including the CVC Fund "31 VENTURES Global Innovation Fund No.1" established by Mitsui Fudosan. As a result, the company's cumulative total funding is now 1.03 billion yen.

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  • Cougar is revitalizing Japan's enterprise blockchain with support from the Ethereum Foundation

    Cougar is revitalizing Japan's enterprise blockchain with support from the Ethereum Foundation

    Cougar announced on May 25 that it will promote the revitalization of Japan's enterprise blockchain under the sponsorship of the Ethereum Foundation.

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  • Start of LUUP sharing service for compact electrically assisted bicycles

    Start of LUUP sharing service for compact electrically assisted bicycles

    On May 25, Luup launched the LUUP sharing service for compact electrically assisted bicycles in 6 areas of Tokyo.

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  • Launch of “Mother Helper,” a digital maternal handbook with LINE consultation features

    Launch of “Mother Helper,” a digital maternal handbook with LINE consultation features

    Compass launched “Mother Helper,” a maternal handbook support tool that utilizes LINE, on May 15.

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  • "pett," a service to easily search and make enquiries at veterinary clinics using LINE

    "pett," a service to easily search and make enquiries at veterinary clinics using LINE

    Swandive launched "pett" on May 21 as a service to simplify taking care of your pet's health.

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  • ieCame network cameras use AI to identify people

    ieCame network cameras use AI to identify people

    On May 21, RATOC Systems announced its new line of network cameras, ieCame. Shipping will begin in early June.

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  • Launch of "EARTH ENERGY," which allows customers to purchase electricity powered by 100% renewable energy based on selecting specific areas and power plants

    Launch of "EARTH ENERGY," which allows customers to purchase electricity powered by 100% renewable energy based on selecting specific areas and power plants

    On May 21, Refutures Inc. officially launched its electricity retail service "EARTH ENERGY" which allows corporate users and home owners to select and purchase electricity powered by 100% renewable energy.

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  • Radiation hardened Schottky diodes for Aerospace Applications

    Radiation hardened Schottky diodes for Aerospace Applications

    STMicroelectronics announced its new radiation-hardened rectifier diodes (200V and 400V withstanding voltage) with ESCC (European Space Components Coordination) certification, as well as radiation hardened Schottky diodes (45V and 150V Withstanding Voltage) with SEB hardening. This expands their product portfolio of radiation hardened power devices for aerospace applications.

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  • ANA and Aeronext form partnership for joint development of delivery drones

    ANA and Aeronext form partnership for joint development of delivery drones

    ANA Holdings and Aeronext have announced the launch of a business partnership to jointly develop delivery drones that will meet Level 4 of the Aerial Industrial Revolution roadmap (unaided flight over populated areas, beyond visual line of sight). The partnership will bring together the expertise of ANA Holdings in aircraft operation as an airline and drone operator with Aeronext's 4D GRAVITY technology. 4D GRAVITY is an aircraft structure design technology that enhances the basic performance of industrial drones. There are plans to collaborate with drone makers inside and outside Japan to mass produce drones based on aircrafts developed by the two companies. Ultimately, the companies are aiming for their technology to become part of the delivery infrastructure of the future.

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  • Releasing the beta version of the "Timee Delivery" app, which allows you to order food delivery from shops directly, at the same price shown in the restaurants

    Releasing the beta version of the "Timee Delivery" app, which allows you to order food delivery from shops directly, at the same price shown in the restaurants

    On May 19, Timee started distributing the beta version of the new delivery service called "Timee Delivery" in Tokyo and Osaka. Commemorating the release of the beta version, they are offering a limited-time plan in which you only have to pay a flat service fee for unlimited orders. They are also running a campaign that waives the service fee.

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  • Giftmall raises $13.93M in funding

    Giftmall raises $13.93M in funding

    Giftmall announced on May 18 that it had raised ¥1.5 billion ($13.93 million) in funds through a third-party allocation of shares. The Series A funding round was backed by an investment partnership operated by JAFCO.

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  • Hachi Tama raises $930,000 for "toletta" smart cat toilet

    Hachi Tama raises $930,000 for "toletta" smart cat toilet

    On May 19, Hachi Tama announced that it had implemented the series A round of a 100 million yen (approx. $930,000) third-party allocation of shares. This is set to be underwritten by Kikuchi Seisakusho and existing shareholder Monex Ventures. More than 500 million yen (about $4.64 million) is reported to have been raised in total.

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  • DAIZ, a plant-based meat startup, raises a total of USD 6M

    DAIZ, a plant-based meat startup, raises a total of USD 6M

    DAIZ announced on May 18 that it has raised a total of 650 million yen (approx. 6 million dollar) in funds through third-party allotment of shares in its Series A round of financing. The total amount of funds it has raised is 1.2 billion yen (approx. 11 million dollar). Five companies, including the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Fund Corporation for Innovation, Value-chain and Expansion Japan (A-FIVE) as well as Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, will be the underwriters.

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  • PR Times starts its publicity platform service which allows companies and organizations to announce their insider stories

    PR Times starts its publicity platform service which allows companies and organizations to announce their insider stories

    On May 18, PR Times started its publicity platform service, "PR TIMES STORY" where companies and organizations can officially talk about their background and insider stories, such as developer diaries or the story of the organization's founding.

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  • Release of “MIRAI SPEAKER Home,” which converts sounds so that they are easy to hear for the elderly and hearing-impaired

    Release of “MIRAI SPEAKER Home,” which converts sounds so that they are easy to hear for the elderly and hearing-impaired

    On May 12, SoundFun released "MIRAI SPEAKER Home", a new compact and lightweight home model of "MIRAI SPEAKER," which is equipped with a patented technology called "curved surface sound" that suppresses distance attenuation of sound and delivers clear sound over a wide area. The price is ¥29,700 (about $277).

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  • Tutorial, the provider of Robotic Crowd, a cloud-based RPA, raises a total of $4.87M in Series A

    Tutorial, the provider of Robotic Crowd, a cloud-based RPA, raises a total of $4.87M in Series A

    On May 13, Tutorial announced that they raised a total of ¥552 million (approximately $4.87 million) through third-party share allocation in Series A financing. Their underwriters are DNX Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, the investment arm of Salesforce.com, and Archetype Ventures.

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  • ecbo kitchen delivers cooking kits created from restaurant dishes

    ecbo kitchen delivers cooking kits created from restaurant dishes

    Ecbo, developers of the ecbo cloak luggage storage service, began on May 12 to offer ecbo kitchen, a “restaurant kit” delivery service connecting restaurants to dinner tables across the country.

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  • Launch of beta version of “DeepFire,” an AI surveillance service that detects abnormalities in facilities from video footages

    Launch of beta version of “DeepFire,” an AI surveillance service that detects abnormalities in facilities from video footages

    Ridge-i, a company engaged in consulting and development work in the domains of AI and deep learning technology, launched the beta version of “DeepFire,” an AI surveillance service it has developed to detect abnormalities in facilities based on time-series data obtained from video footages, on March 25. On May 12, the company also announced that it will collaborate with Sompo Risk Management on raising awareness and utilization of the service upon the launch of its beta version, and begin offering it on a trial basis to companies in the energy, waste treatment, and manufacturing sectors.

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  • "Posmoni" is a content monitoring service that checks postings on SNS using AI

    "Posmoni" is a content monitoring service that checks postings on SNS using AI

    Using data from the SNS the company manages, Nanameue started to supply the monitoring solution "Posmoni" that can greatly reduce costs on May 8.

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  • RevComm, provider of AI-equipped IP phone MiiTel, completes 7.44M USD funding

    RevComm, provider of AI-equipped IP phone MiiTel, completes 7.44M USD funding

    On May 11, RevComm announced its completion of the first close of its Series A funding, totaling 800M JPY (approx. 7.44M USD). WiL Fund II, L.P., operated by US company WiL, acted as the lead investor for the said funding. Persol Innovation Fund, En-Japan, and V-Cube Inc. also joined RevComm's shareholders before the Series A round.

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  • WorkstyleOS Portal manages the office by consolidating individually installed hardware, software, and cloud services

    WorkstyleOS Portal manages the office by consolidating individually installed hardware, software, and cloud services

    On May 8, ACALL released "WorkstyleOS Portal (beta version)" to consolidate various workspaces, hardware, and software into a visual interface.

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  • "HESTA Security Gate," which can control exit and entry with facial recognition while masks are worn and zero-contact temperature measurement

    "HESTA Security Gate," which can control exit and entry with facial recognition while masks are worn and zero-contact temperature measurement

    On May 7, Okura released the "HESTA Security Gate," an entry and exit control system equipped with a contactless temperature sensor.

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  • Launch of "emol work," a service offering remote psychological support for team members

    Launch of "emol work," a service offering remote psychological support for team members

    Emol released the official version of the remote office SaaS "emol work" on May 7.

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  • Idol and fan connection service "AfterSchool" beta version released

    Idol and fan connection service "AfterSchool" beta version released

    On May 7, Career Blocks released the beta version of AfterSchool, an online education platform that helps idols by connecting them to fans.

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  • "10 Minutes by SPACEE" - turning empty restaurant seats into remote working places

    "10 Minutes by SPACEE" - turning empty restaurant seats into remote working places

    On May 1, Spacee officially launched their new service that puts empty spaces in places like restaurants and offices to use as unmanned places for remote working, "10 Minutes by SPACEE."

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  • Kikitori, a SaaS provider specializing in agricultural distribution, receives financing totaling about $470,000

    Kikitori, a SaaS provider specializing in agricultural distribution, receives financing totaling about $470,000

    Kikitori announced on May 3 that it received financing in a seed round totaling 50 million yen (about $470,000). Coral Capital will be the underwriter.

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  • Launch of “Nyle SEO Cloud” where users can consult with SEO consultants from $470 per month

    Launch of “Nyle SEO Cloud” where users can consult with SEO consultants from $470 per month

    Drawing on its expertise in SEO consulting services, Nyle has launched “Nyle SEO Cloud” on April 30, a service that allows users to consult with SEO consultants from 50,000 yen (approximately 470 dollar) per month.

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  • Online orthodontics service "Oh my teeth" releases AI-equipped "Dentition Imaging App" aimed for users

    Online orthodontics service "Oh my teeth" releases AI-equipped "Dentition Imaging App" aimed for users

    On April 30, "Oh my teeth" released the AI-equipped "Dentition Imaging App" aimed for users. The said app allows users to easily and accurately take pictures of their equipped mouthpieces, which was originally an issue in online orthodontics.

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  • The start of MF KESSAI, the service that allows you to pay for all your subscription services as one bundle

    The start of MF KESSAI, the service that allows you to pay for all your subscription services as one bundle

    On April 30, MF KESSAI began its new business-to-business service, where yearly fees for all subscription services can be paid altogether ahead of time - "MF KESSAI Growth Support" - to add to its existing "MF KESSAI" payment processing service.

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  • Dofa, which operates the side job recruitment platform "Kasooku," raises a total of $1.3M in funds

    Dofa, which operates the side job recruitment platform "Kasooku," raises a total of $1.3M in funds

    Dofa announced on April 30 that it has raised a total of around 190 million yen (around $1.28 million) in funds. These funds were raised during the pre-series A round of financing via third-party allotment of shares with the startup studio BeyondX as the new lead investor and angel investors and existing investors as underwriters, as well as through additional debt financing from Japan Finance Corporation.

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  • Easy-to-implement, in-house learning assistance service for corporations: “Crystal Clear Learning!”

    Easy-to-implement, in-house learning assistance service for corporations: “Crystal Clear Learning!”

    On April 27, Yeaah released their easy-to-implement, in-house learning assistance service for corporations: “Crystal Clear Learning!”

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  • Visualize household power consumption with Nature Remo E lite

    On April 28, Nature officially launched the Nature Remo E lite, which can be used to save electricity in the home. They will run a campaign during which it will be on sale at a discounted price until May 6 to encourage people to refrain from going outdoors.

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  • "O:der Locker" is a completely contactless order, payment and delivery system designed to support the restaurant industry during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

    "O:der Locker" is a completely contactless order, payment and delivery system designed to support the restaurant industry during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

    On April the 27, Showcase Gig announced the development of our completely contactless order package, "O:der Locker" (pronounced "Order Locker), as well as the strengthening of information sharing with restaurants of methods to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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  • Rikkyo University and BizReach start joint industry-university research for social integration of AI

    Rikkyo University and BizReach start joint industry-university research for social integration of AI

    On April 27, Rikkyo University's Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence and Science and BizReach signed a joint research agreement for the social integration of AI. The graduate school is Japan's first dedicated to AI. From April 30, it will start joint research with BizReach.

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  • Autify, a program that can test web applications without the need to write code, has been adopted by over 100 companies

    Autify, a program that can test web applications without the need to write code, has been adopted by over 100 companies

    On April 27, the company Autify announced that the number of companies using its platform for software testing with AI, also called Autify, had surpassed 100.

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  • "VACAN," a new technology that allows users to verify how crowded or vacant shops are

    "VACAN," a new technology that allows users to verify how crowded or vacant shops are

    With the spread of infections caused by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Vacan, Inc. has announced the launch of its new service "VACAN" - a technology that allows users to verify congestion levels in stores, or how long a wait might be, in real time.

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  • SenseiPlace’s Zoom-based “online self-study room” crosses total of 3,000 users

    SenseiPlace’s Zoom-based “online self-study room” crosses total of 3,000 users

    SenseiPlace announced on April 22 that its “online self-study room” has crossed 3,000 users. “Sensei” means “teacher” in Japanese.

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  • “AI Lab” can quickly assign advanced AI researchers around the world to projects

    “AI Lab” can quickly assign advanced AI researchers around the world to projects

    On April 20, ALT Technologies started providing the matching service “AI Lab,” a service that can quickly assign advanced AI researchers around the world to projects.

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  • AMI and Gyokushokai Kajiki Onsen Hospital enter into joint research agreement for the social implementation of telemedicine

    AMI and Gyokushokai Kajiki Onsen Hospital enter into joint research agreement for the social implementation of telemedicine

    AMI entered into a joint research agreement with Gyokushokai Kajiki Onsen Hospital for the purpose of implementing telemedicine on April 27.

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  • Goodpatch opens registration for beta version of cloud workspace Strap

    Goodpatch opens registration for beta version of cloud workspace Strap

    On April 23, Goodpatch opened registration for the beta version of Strap, a cloud workspace.

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  • Kobe City will support startups to tackle the novel coronavirus threat through a regional improvement project

    Kobe City will support startups to tackle the novel coronavirus threat through a regional improvement project

    Kobe City has started accepting proposals and ideas for new technologies that can tackle the threat of the novel coronavirus on April 20 through the regional improvement project "Urban Innovation KOBE."

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  • A.L.I. joins COVID-19 analysis project "Folding@home"

    A.L.I. joins COVID-19 analysis project "Folding@home"

    A.L.I. Technologies and the Japan BENEX Corporation announce that they have joined the COVID-19 analysis project called Folding@home and have started providing computing resources to the project.

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  • Manabie raises $4.8M total funding in its first year

    Manabie raises $4.8M total funding in its first year

    Manabie International Private Limited (Manabie) announced that it has raised total funding of $4.8 million from foreign and domestic individual investors and venture capital firms during the angel and seed rounds in its first year. These individual investors and venture capital firms include Keisuke Honda, Mochio Umeda, Nobuhiro Ariyasu, Yasukane Matsumoto, Yoshinori Fukushima, Masayuki Watanabe, Shunsuke Oyu, and Genesia Ventures.

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  • Enechange and Looop launch a $100M overseas carbon-free energy fund

    Enechange and Looop launch a $100M overseas carbon-free energy fund

    Enechange and Looop have announced that they have launched the overseas carbon-free energy fund “Japan Energy Fund (JEF).” The companies are seeking investors from Japan and beyond to participate in carbon-free and ESG investments, with the fund aiming to make around 100 billion yen of total investments.

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  • “Lecta,” an application capable of automatically creating videos for online classes

    “Lecta,” an application capable of automatically creating videos for online classes

    Splyza, a venture company in Hamamatsu City of Shizuoka prefecture that developed and runs “SPLYZA Teams,” a video analysis tool for sports teams, released “Lecta” on April 22, 2020. Lecta is an iPhone/iPad app capable of automatically editing course videos captured from a fixed point, and it is available to users for free until mid-May. Details for subscription plans after that have yet to be announced.

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  • Compact robot capable of contactless temperature taking and automated medical interviews

    Compact robot capable of contactless temperature taking and automated medical interviews

    Plen Robotics announced the commercialization of a contactless automated health check version of its PLEN Cube AI assistant equipped with remote body temperature sensing and automated medical interviewing functions on April 20.

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  • A cloud service to visualize the change in movement of people by day or time zone up to the previous day

    A cloud service to visualize the change in movement of people by day or time zone up to the previous day

    On April 21, X-Locations announced comprehensive improvements to the “Visit Analysis” function of its ”Location AI Platform,” a platform developed in-house using location information big data.

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  • Caster launches remote call center “Caster CS Assistant”

    Caster launches remote call center “Caster CS Assistant”

    Caster has officially launched its remote call center “Caster CS Assistant” on April 21.

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  • Local sightseeing tour operator Fun Group raises $11.73M in funding

    Local sightseeing tour operator Fun Group raises $11.73M in funding

    Fun Group announced on April 20 that they raised ¥1.26 billion (approximately $11.73 million) in funding. Their total fundraising has reached roughly ¥2 billion (approximately $18.62 million).

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  • BizteX raises a total of $5.87M through third-party allotment of shares, etc.

    BizteX raises a total of $5.87M through third-party allotment of shares, etc.

    BizteX announced on April 20 that it has raised a total of 630 million yen (around $5.87 million) in funds. These funds were raised through the third-party allotment of shares to Miyako Capital (Miyako Kyoto University Innovation, 2nd Venture Fund), KDDI, TIS, and the existing investor WiL Fund II, as well as loans from the Japan Finance Corporation and the Shoko Chukin Bank.

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  • Tablecheck provides takeout/delivery ordering/meal voucher pre-sale features for free

    Tablecheck provides takeout/delivery ordering/meal voucher pre-sale features for free

    Tablecheck announced on April 16 that it will provide takeout, delivery ordering, and meal voucher pre-sale features free of charge.

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  • Laboro.AI releases free Japanese version “BERT” model

    Laboro.AI releases free Japanese version “BERT” model

    On April 17, Laboro.AI announced that as part of its research and development activities it has created and released an original Japanese version of BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers), an algorithm which has gained attention in recent years in the field of AI natural language processing. The original Japanese model has been pretrained on independently collected web text information, and was released as open source.

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  • Olta supports small and medium-size businesses whose cash flow has been hurt by the Covid-19 trouble

    Olta supports small and medium-size businesses whose cash flow has been hurt by the Covid-19 trouble

    On April 20, Olta, which provides a completely online factoring service “Cloud Factoring,” announced that jointly with 14 partner companies it has begun a support program for which the initial fee is 0 yen to provide funds procurement support to small and medium-size businesses and sole proprietors throughout Japan who have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • Launch of β-version of “Findy Teams” which allows companies to visualize the productivity levels of engineers from GitHub activity status

    Launch of β-version of “Findy Teams” which allows companies to visualize the productivity levels of engineers from GitHub activity status

    On April 15, Findy released the β-version of “Findy Teams,” a service that allows for any enhancement in the productivity of engineering organizations or room for improvement in their development process to be visualized.

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  • Nablas AI education firm offers iLect ON, hybrid classes combining in-person and online elements

    Nablas AI education firm offers iLect ON, hybrid classes combining in-person and online elements

    The Nablas AI Research Institute began offering the new iLect ON service through its AI education service iLect on April 13, providing hybrid classes which combine the advantages of in-person classes and online classes.

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  • Fintertech launches financing service with crypto-asset collateral

    Fintertech launches financing service with crypto-asset collateral

    On April 15, Fintertech announced the launch of the “Digital Asset Collateral Loan,” which will extend loans based on crypto-asset collateral.

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  • Akerun access control system to be lent to medical institutions and local governments free of charge to aid in fight against coronavirus

    Akerun access control system to be lent to medical institutions and local governments free of charge to aid in fight against coronavirus

    On April 13, PhotoSynth announced that it is to lend the Akerun Access Control System (Akerun Pro), which can control access to specific designated areas and manage the access history of specific individuals, free of charge to support medical institutions and local governments to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

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  • Launch of “premium aroma sprays for masks” based on EEG sensitivity assessment

    Launch of “premium aroma sprays for masks” based on EEG sensitivity assessment

    CODE Meee has launched “premium aroma sprays for masks” on April 13 at a price of 1,700 yen (around $16).

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  • Marine platform “Aisea” aims to develop a new service by making practical autonomously operated ships

    Marine platform “Aisea” aims to develop a new service by making practical autonomously operated ships

    Aidea announced on April 6 that it has procured total funding of 240 million yen (Approx. $22.2 million) by increasing the third-party allotment for the purpose of expanding its marine platform “Aisea” business.

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  • The launch of the toileting care record service for the DFree toilet timing prediction device

    The launch of the toileting care record service for the DFree toilet timing prediction device

    On April 10, Triple W Japan added a new function that records toileting care to DFree Professional, its service targeting companies, launching the function as its toileting care recording service.

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  • Ginco receives pre series A financing from DBJ Capital

    Ginco receives pre series A financing from DBJ Capital

    On April 8, Ginco raised a pre series A round of funding through a private placement. The underwriter is DBJ Capital.

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  • Caster, promotes the spread of remote work, has raised a total of $5.45M

    Caster, promotes the spread of remote work, has raised a total of $5.45M

    Caster announced on April 9 that it has raised a total of ¥600 million (about $5.45 million) through third-party allotment. The underwriters are STRIVE and Yamaguchi Capital.

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  • Launch of online training program that utilizes "BizMake"

    Launch of online training program that utilizes "BizMake"

    Tokyo System House announced on April 8 that it will be launching the online version of a training program that utilizes the collaboration web service "BizMake."

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  • "Gochimeshi," which allows you to treat people, becomes available for use in all industries and regions

    "Gochimeshi," which allows you to treat people, becomes available for use in all industries and regions

    On April 8, Gigi announced that it has made the features of "Gochimeshi," the service that allows you to treat people to meals, available to people in all industries, in addition to the restaurant industry, and all regions as part of a move called "Opening Sakimeshi."

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  • Value Creation to provide employees monthly aid of up to $74 for online parties and lunches

    Value Creation to provide employees monthly aid of up to $74 for online parties and lunches

    Value Creation announced on April 9 that the aid it provides as part of its employee benefits for company parties and lunches can be applied to online gatherings as well. The company provides employees up to ¥8,000 (about $74) in aid a month.

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  • Bizmates TEST assesses English business communication skills too

    Bizmates TEST assesses English business communication skills too

    Bizmates began offering the Bizmates TEST, which is capable of measuring the effectiveness of English training, to corporations on April.

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  • AxelaNote, an application capable of editing read-only PDF files, now equipped with new features for remote work

    AxelaNote, an application capable of editing read-only PDF files, now equipped with new features for remote work

    On April 8, TransRecog released the latest version of AxelaNote with new features that increase document editing productivity even in remote work.

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  • Three Hokkaido University venture companies to develop a solution to monitor mines in stores, and the distance between those therein

    Three Hokkaido University venture companies to develop a solution to monitor mines in stores, and the distance between those therein

    On April 8, AWL, Chowa Giken, and T.I.L. announced that they have started the joint development of a new anti-coronavirus solution for retail stores.

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  • FamiOne raises $1.38M for fertility concierge service

    FamiOne raises $1.38M for fertility concierge service

    FamiOne announced on April 6 that it had raised approximately ¥150 million ($1.38 million) in a pre-series A round. The funds were raised through a third-party allocation of shares and a loan from the Japan Finance Corporation. The round was backed by KVP, Aflac Ventures, Venture United, AG Capital and multiple angel investors, including Jun Nishikawa and Minoru Moriya.

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  • Launch of “Graffer Smart Application,” a platform for completing government-related procedures on smartphones

    Launch of “Graffer Smart Application,” a platform for completing government-related procedures on smartphones

    On April 7, Graffer launched “Graffer Smart Application,” through which residents can utilize government services using their smartphone. Prior to its official release, this platform was introduced in Shijonawate City of Osaka prefecture on April 2.

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  • GTN begins providing information on COVID-19 in multiple languages

    GTN begins providing information on COVID-19 in multiple languages

    In order to communicate accurate news regarding COVID-19 to foreigners living in Japan, Global Trust Networks (GTN) began broadcasting with native speakers in five languages on April 6.

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  • Datafluct releases beta version of "DATAFLUCT agri." for prediction of purchase prices of vegetables using satellite data

    Datafluct releases beta version of "DATAFLUCT agri." for prediction of purchase prices of vegetables using satellite data

    On April 3, Datafluct released the beta version of "DATAFLUCT agri." This service involves the prediction of the harvest time and purchase prices of vegetables using analysis of satellite data and machine learning of market prices.

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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&rsquo;s Kickstarter on December 14th for &ldquo;Kcard,&rdquo; 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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