ChatBook, acquired by Monex Group

Chatbot and marketing automation startup ChatBook, acquired by Monex Group

We just learned that Japanese startup ChatBook, providing the automated marketing solution under the same name utilizing chatbot, has been acquired by Japan’s leading FinTech conglomerate Monex Group(TSE:8698). Monex acquired all stakes in ChatBook for an undisclosed sum. Chatbook’s most recent funding was a pre-series A round in December of 2019 (securing 100 million yen, […]

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AI music composer Soundraw, raises $1.4M

AI music composer Soundraw, raises $1.4M to boost global expansion effort

Tokyo-based Soundraw, the Japanese startup behind an AI-powered music composing service under the same name, announced on Thursday that it has secured 180 million yen (about $1.4 million US) in the latest funding round. Participating investors are Ceres (TSE:3696), Mint, iSGS Investment Works, SMBC Venture Capital, and Deepcore. For the company, this follows their seed […]

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SpaceData , raises $10M+ in seed round

Japanese Startup SpaceData , raises $10M+ in seed round

Tokyo-based SpaceData, the Japanese startup developing artificial intelligence that can create a Digital Twin of the Earth from Satellite Data, announced on Wednesday that it has secured 1.42 billion yen (over $10 million US) in a seed round. Participating investors are Spiral Capital, Sparx Innovation for Future, KDDI Open Innovation Fund, GREE Ventures, The Creative […]

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Best Destinations in Japan to visit during Summer

20 Best Destinations in Japan to visit during Summer

Clear blue sky, festive mood for holidays and beaches ― summer is a perfect season to travel around Japan. Here we introduce beautiful nature spots, beaches, and historical sites all around Japan. Let’s decide where to go this summer from our list of the best summer destinations in Japan! Table of contents 1. Miyako Island […]

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Google will start erasing location data for abortion clinic visits

Google will start erasing location data for abortion clinic visits

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to strip federal abortion rights in the U.S., many people are questioning how the apps they use every day might suddenly be turned against them. As concerns mount over the endless well of data that tech companies built an entire industry around, Google is taking at least […]

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Japan’s fashion item rental startup AirCloset files for IPO

Japan’s fashion item rental startup AirCloset files for IPO

Tokyo-based fashion item rental startup AirCloset announced on Friday that its IPO application to list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange had been approved. The company will be listed on the TSE Growth Market on July 29 with plans to offer 733,000 shares for public subscription and to sell 130,000 shares in over-allotment options for a […]

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