Japanese Startup Ecosystem

Japanese Startup Ecosystem – Analysis

Innovative business models and technologies are what drive the growth of startups. Many startups have been trying to capture demands that have arisen in link with societal changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Japan has been very cautious about any activities that could further the spread of coronavirus- from the closing of educational institutions, entertainment […]

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Japan’s Hacobu secures $8.7M to use big data for optimizing B2B logistics

Japan’s Hacobu secures $8.7M to use big data for optimizing B2B logistics

Tokyo-based Hacobu, a business-to-business logistics optimization startup, has announced that it has secured 940 million yen (about $8.7 million US) in its latest round of funding. Participating investors are JIC Venture Growth Investments (JIC VGI), NN Corporate Capital (Investment arm of Nomura Real Estate Holdings), Toyota Tsusho (TSE:8015), Logistics Innovation Fund (Spiral (TSE:8015), Logistics Innovation […]

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Toshiba receives ¥2 tril acquisition offer from global fund

Toshiba receives ¥2 tril acquisition offer from global fund

Toshiba Corp says it is considering a preliminary acquisition proposal that would take the technology conglomerate private. Toshiba said Wednesday that it asked for more details on the proposal it received on Tuesday, was giving it “careful consideration” and would make an announcement “in due course.” Trading in the company’s shares was suspended. The major […]

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drinking coffee before exercise may help burn more fat

Study suggests drinking coffee before exercise may help burn more fat

Previous research has shown an association between caffeine consumption and increased exercise performance. However, limited data exist on whether caffeine increases the body’s ability to burn fat. Using graded exercise tests in active men, scientists examined the effect of caffeine on the oxidation of fat in morning and afternoon workout sessions. The investigators found evidence […]

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Japan’s biotech firm Spiber secured $240M to build polymer production facility in US

Japan’s biotech firm Spiber secured $240M to build polymer production facility in US

Spiber has been developing plant-based artificial protein fiber material called Brewed Protein. The Japanese startup announced on Wednesday that it has secured 25 billion yen (about $240 million) utilizing a value securitization structure. This funding …

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